February 15, 2009

Colorado Vs. FL... Different... But?

In Colorado, during ski season, you can stand outside the grocery store for hours with a carton of ice cream and it stays frozen.

In Florida, in 5 minutes you have a drippy mess.

In Colorado, hair is WONDERFUL. Its straight and has a nice fullness. It's movie star hair.

In Florida, in 5 minutes nearly everyone looks like Rosana Rosanadana without major product, hairspray, or pulling their hair up. Freaked out frizz reigns.

In Colorado, I can stand outside in 30 degree weather during the day with just jeans and a light jacket and I feel pretty good.

In Florida, we don't get 30 degree. In NYC, TN, Chicago, Michigan, it gets to 30 and I want to die.

In Colorado, their cows and horses are... fuzzy. They look like... kinda weird, but cool. (They told me it was a winter coat?)

In Florida, our cows and horses are... slick. I surely don't think they have a winter coat. Ever.

This is what I fear for those folks who live in places like Steamboat.

I fear the Floridaization. I fear the builders and the folks coming in to live because its so wonderful and beautiful.

I am sorry for the true Colorado folks whose families have lived here for generations because its already changing and I can feel change still coming as I see the boom in building going on.

People say to me, 'Oh you live in S. FL! I love it there!'


Love it and leave it, OK? Don't come live.

Because what we have had over the past 30 years are skads of people who fell in love with it, all we had to offer, and decided to move down, overcrowding our schools, roads, and infrastructure and then...

Get this...

... wanted to change it so it was more like home.

I get a bit testy about this. If its not like where you came from, then go back home. We like our areas the way they are... and we don't need your input on 'how to make it better.'

Its why there are so many nasty bumper stickers in FL telling people to leave if they don't like it... and worse.

I've not seen any here... telling people to leave if they don't like it.

But it doesn't take long before natives get resentful.

I see overbuilding... and that is never a good sign.

From my personal experience.

I'll come back one day to visit... but I promise to all those who live in Colorado, never to come live. I like what you have EXACTLY as it is... I don't want to change anything.

That's what my home is for... just as this is theirs.

Posted by Boudicca at February 15, 2009 11:34 PM | TrackBack

This type of thing happens constantly to people who live in the country. Any farmer who has had a subdivision built next to their land can tell you about the idiots who wanted to move to the country... then had a conniption fit when the country didn't turn out to be all nice grassy fields and quiet... but full of farmers plowing and harvesting nearly all night to get the crops moved. Then they complain about the lights, noise, dirt, etc from the farm vehicles (apparently these yokels don't ever eat) Sheesh.

I won't be moving to Florida or Colorado - unless my husband's job takes him to one of those places. I feel both are fine to visit, but no, I really don't want to live there. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at February 15, 2009 11:54 PM

I love Colorado...I haven't been to one bad place there yet. Denver, Colorado Springs, Durango...and I've driven through it many times. It's beautiful, the people are laid back and nice...

I'll keep contributing to their tourism income each year...it's a little slice of heaven.

Posted by: Sissy at February 15, 2009 11:57 PM

Teresa- Exactly. Out where I live its horse country... all dirt roads, well water, septic, no curbs. All those folks moved in from elsewhere because they liked the quaintness... the quiet... and now they're screaming for the roads to be paved and for city water to come in. It pisses me off.

Sissy- Yes. I will save and save so I can come back here and relax and soak in what they have to offer. I will gladly give them my money so I can have fond memories and experience something different from what I have. And then I'll go home to my freaked out stressed out life... and remember how wonderful that week was. Good memories go a long way to keeping the bad in perspective... it is a salve to the anxiety of life.

Posted by: Bou at February 16, 2009 12:07 AM

Some places are for living, some places are for visiting. Wisconsin is a visiting place. The only reason I'm still here is that all my borders states are even MORE visity.

Posted by: Harvey at February 16, 2009 08:57 AM

Several years ago, I read of a community out west that got tired of complaints and started handing out info sheets to newcomers to "the country" warning them of dust, pesticide smells, manure smells, slow moving farm trucks, etc. and pretty much saying that if you can't handle this, don't move here. I LOVED it.

Bou: I considered buying a home out your way nine years ago. I'm glad I didn't for the reasons you describe.

Posted by: George at February 16, 2009 10:07 AM

I agree wholeheartedly.

I spend a good deal of time hunting and fishing...which means that I interact with ranchers and farmers frequently.

And frankly, I am astounded at the pompous city folks who buy a hobby farm - 5 to 35 acres - and throw up some fencing, buy a horse and then begin to complain about the dust and smells and traffic associated with REAL working agriculture.


Posted by: Sven in Colorado at February 16, 2009 12:32 PM

I know exactly what you are talking about. I lived in New Hampshire back about the time Dukakis ran for president. It was great. Then the people from Mass moved in to get away from the taxes and immediately tried to change it to what they moved away from. Parts of New Hampshire are still the way it was when I lived there. The rest are now turning into Mass lite and it is deplorable to see how they are building those condos and cluster housing in the gorgeous countryside. Couldn't pay me to move back there now.

Posted by: dick at February 16, 2009 01:10 PM

No, Bou, it's not Floridization that occurs out west ... it's Californication.

Posted by: PeggyU at February 16, 2009 02:53 PM

The poor millionaires in Aspen are being pushed further down the valley by the billionaires who are buying all the houses and condos. Californication indeed.

Posted by: Denny at February 16, 2009 04:30 PM

two points:
- People are a product of their lives, so they will bring their way of life where they go.
- If you want to make an impact, write a letter to the City Council and / or Chamber of Commerce explaining this in blunt facts. In most small areas, the Council has to approve major developments. If the locals / caring visitors get ahead of the developers, the Council can prevent new development and keep the area as it is. Heck, next time you visit, go to the City Council meeting if it is in the time frame or go visit the mayor. Nothing to lose.

Posted by: _Jon at February 16, 2009 06:34 PM


That is simplistic idealism.

Posted by: Sven in Colorado at February 16, 2009 09:01 PM

Jon- The builders own Florida. I suspect, after visiting Colorado, the same is true there. Sad state of affairs when a State's economy depends on development.

Posted by: Bou at February 16, 2009 10:37 PM

Oh... and if my loyal reader, George reads this, he may be able to correct me, but I think half of the PB County City/County Commission is currently being indicted now. Evil dealings with developers and what not.

Sure, they've been caught, but the damage is done.

I am very afraid for you, Sven. I guarantee you... indictments will be in the next 10-15 years throughout those crazy growth areas. People are being paid off...

Posted by: Bou at February 16, 2009 11:28 PM

Bou: You're close.

According to a Jan. 31 Palm Beach Post story on a planned anti-corruption unit (see link below), 3 of 7 county commissioners, 2 of 5 West Palm Beach City Commissioners, a powerbroker lawyer and a developer have been nailed so far, all involving land use and developments.
And they're still investigating...


Posted by: George at February 17, 2009 02:04 PM