Sketches From the Sunshine State – Leaving the Left Coast In The Rear-View Mirror

As a conservative living in California, and thus, being constantly exposed to the woke dumpster fire, your mind is almost used to the “fight or flight” response. None of us, traditional Californians (and there are not many left), realize that fully until you take a trip to the Sunshine State.

In a state where the residents are relatively evenly divided by their party affiliation, life is completely detached from politics.  People do not wear their political persuasions on their sleeves, their front lawns, or their cars.  During the week I spent in Broward County – a very liberal place by Florida standards – the only political bumper sticker I saw was this:

Floridians do not seem to patronize the front lawn signs making business much.  During my travels in residential neighborhoods, I have not seen one of these Bay Area essentials.

But even though Floridians do not constantly remind their neighbors to be kind, Florida has the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. People smile at you everywhere and wish you a good day without asking for your voting record.

Florida seems to be the only place in the world unaffected by the Covid pandemic. People congregate in large crowds, hug, and kiss, even outside their places of work, and very few people wear masks. And while showing your maskless face in a California store still invites angry glances from your fellow citizens, Floridians prefer another approach:

You might think that because Florida is not blindly following Dr. Fauci to the gates of hell, there would be piles of dead bodies on the streets. You would be wrong.

The concept of “bad service” is nonexistent in Florida. The waiters will strike a conversation with you, ask you for your drink preferences, crack a joke, and give you a fist bump on your way out. The most pretentious restaurants don’t have the most pretentious staff. Easy living rules the day. Food and drink are plentiful, and outside the heavily touristy areas on the beach, your check will be at least 30% lighter than in California, and won’t include “dine-in,” “living wage,” and “wellness” fees.

Even though Fort Lauderdale is inhabited by the LGBT crowd as much as San Francisco is, you won’t find any of this.

LGBT people are everywhere and are not easy to miss, but what is missing are the “pride” displays.  You may think that because not one restaurant has “LGBTQ+ friendly” window sign, gay people mostly eat at home.  But you would be wrong, again.

Both racially and culturally, Florida population is a lot more diverse than Silicon Valley, where I currently reside.  Yet, the residents of all cultures seem as unconcerned by “systemic racism” as they are by Covid.  Nobody feels the need to profess their love for different races by displaying this:

If you are looking for a BLM sign, window decal, or bumper sticker in Florida, you will be searching for a while.

California is a good place for you to live if you appreciate your neighbors constantly shoving their morals and their values down your throat, and you can afford to pay millions of dollars for the pleasure to live near people who consider themselves immeasurably more educated and virtuous than you are.  But if you want to enjoy your life no matter your race, sexual orientation, or political persuasion, pick Florida – the state where I found my new home.

 RWR original article syndication source.



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Written by Tatyana Larina

Tatyana Larina comes from my favorite work of poetry.  And that's the only time you'll see me quoting Wikipedia as a source.

I came to the US in 1991, lived in San Francisco for 5 years, and I have a Computer Science degree.  I worked in software industry for several years, later switching to a career of a full time mom, and I never looked back.

In my younger days, I wasn’t a conservative. That is not to say that I was ever a liberal – I was not anything at all. I had no idea that there were such concepts as “conservative” and “liberal”. I did not pay attention to politics at all, and the most political knowledge you would get out of me would be who the US President was, and even for that you had to catch me on the right day.
My first introduction to politics was during the second Israeli intifada in 2002. Unspeakable violence erupted in Israel. Every day dozens of people were killed. Even though I didn’t follow politics, that deeply affected me. I felt sad, frustrated, and powerless. And one night, I happened to stumble on an MSNBC program called “Alan Keyes is making sense.” He was talking passionately about Israel and the violence, and he addressed my feelings very well.  Since that evening, I turned on Alan Keyes every night, and by his commentary he was able to take away some of the frustration and anger that I had. It was like a nightly therapy session.
Feeling intrigued after watching Alan Keyes, I wondered what else MSNBC had in store. I switched through the channels, and low and behold, I found Scarborough Country. Right off, Joe Scarborough wasn’t what he is today at all. He was a solid conservative (as I now understand), making common sense conservative points. I found him interesting and engaging. Opposing liberalism had not entered my mind at that time. I still didn’t know anything about liberalism. It was just the things he said sounded very common sense and worthwhile to me. Imagine that at some point, MSNBC had a conservative host on the air. Crazy times, ha?
Exploring my new political universe, I switched through more channels, and one night I found FOX. O’Reilly Factor was on. From the very first night, I was hooked. I abandoned Scarborough. O’Reilly was not just common sense – he was aggressive, and he was a fighter. He was Scarborough on steroids. He wasn’t just talking – he was taking on what he thought to be wrong and unjust. Ever since the first time, and until untimely end of Bill’s FOX career, I don’t think I ever missed one Factor.
For forming my political views, and my ability to formulate them, I have to give special credit to three people: Charles Krauthammer, Bill O’Reilly, and Greg Guttfeld.  To Charles - philosophy.  To Bill - realistic and pragmatic approach to politics.  To Greg - realization that a good joke will change more minds than a long lecture.
And for everything else, thanks to my family.


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  1. Don’t recommend Californians move to Florida, then it will become like Oregon and Washington and the way it looks like Arizona and Nevada are becoming. Even Idaho is in peril. The whole West is becoming Californiaized. Californians sell their homes, take their equities, move to more reasonable places and take their politics with them. Poor conservative mainstay Texas is being flooded by Californians. It’s a horrible phenomenon.

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