No one ever believes me when I tell them I'm a real live Florida native. Yep, some of us aren't snowbirds!
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE to cook! My family is Cuban and Sicilian, so Latin and Italian foods are some of my favorites, but I love to try new recipes and dishes as often as I can... Got a recipe you think I should try? Send it to me!
Some of my other interests are baseball (Go Rays!), wine, eating (hey, it goes with the cooking!), music, travel, and Boston, my cat. I also LOVE zombie shows--The Walking Dead on AMC is one of my favorites, and I'm also into Breaking Bad, HGTV, The Food Network, and The Travel Channel.
I'm a native Floridian. I've had the pleasure of traveling all around this great country of ours, but I am a Florida girl at heart. And apparently that makes me a little weird.
There's an article on Slate.com that basically says, kids that grew up in the Sunshine State are different from kids in other parts of the country. At first, I thought that was silly. Kids are kids, right? Then I started thinking about it, and realized the folks at Slate might be onto something.
For example, growing up here makes you blase` about the beach. I know people who never saw the ocean until they were adults. ADULTS! I was in Chicago once and met a guy who was older than I am now, and had STILL never seen an ocean. The biggest body of water he'd ever seen was Lake Michigan.
Another one is, theme parks. We're just a couple hours' drive from a ton of great theme parks: Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Wet & Wild...the list goes on. We used to take annual field trips to these parks when I was in elementary school. It got to be so "normal" that I eventually lost interest. I haven't been to a Disney park since high school (maybe earlier, I can't remember), and even now, if you gave me a free ticket to the Magic Kingdom, I'd consider trading it for something else. Long lines, long drive, expensive food, too many kids...ick. But I know adults who grew up in the Northeast who take their annual vacation to Orlando to visit Disney each summer. Adults. Without kids. Weird, right? To me, sure, but not to them. It's considered a treat because they didn't grow up with it in their back yard.
Anyway, check out the article and let me know what you think. Are there other examples of things we take for granted growing up here that aren't mentioned?