Comparing California to Florida? There IS No Comparison
We do a lot of comparisons between Miami and other places on this site. I’m not sure if this is because people who come here say such introspective things as “This place is soo like Manhattan, except the buildings are shorter and they have palm trees,” or “God, this is like Detroit with a beach.” But somehow, nobody ever wants to give Miami its own feel.
If there is one place I hear Miami compared to time and time again, it’s California. And I suppose the warm weather, beaches, palm trees and traffic draw some obvious connections. But I have just spent a week in the Golden State, and I have once again been reminded why Florida is not only better, but in a league above California.
WHEN WAS SUB-70 CONSIDERED ‘WARM?”
Let’s take a look at some supposed similarities, shall we? People think both places have warm weather, but last night I found myself wearing a jacket at a baseball game. In July. The average daily high temperature in Los Angeles in December through February is 68 degrees, with a low in the 40s. In Miami, we see 40s MAYBE once a year, and it’s front page news when we do. Sure, we may get a little more rain, but we do not have one month out of the year where the average daily high is below 75. And when was the last time a Miamian had to “bring a jacket out” in case it cooled off? California may be warmer than the northeast, but compared to Miami it’s basically Newfoundland.
Both states have a lot of oceanfront, but have you ever BEEN in the Pacific? I suppose if I felt my testicles were descending a little too far or I was thirsty for a little industrial sludge, a dip in the waters off California might be fun. To the contrary, I have had days in South Beach where the water was too warm. And don’t even start the argument about better surfing in the Pacific. People who surf enough that that’s even a factor are usually complete wastes of life anyway.
Traffic is bad in both places. But in Florida, it is pretty much relegated to rush hours in major cities and holiday weekends on the Overseas Highway. Californians seem to have an aversion to staying at home on the weekend, as every interstate in the state is packed at the beginning of every weekend. Seriously, you haven’t experienced how awful California is until you’ve sat in traffic on I-5 from LA all the way to Sacramento on Easter weekend. For those not geographically inclined, this would be like nonstop traffic from Miami to Gainesville. I’ve had some bad drives in Flordia, but it’s usually because some tropical depression is blowing through the state and nobody can see in fron of their car. Not because 35 million people decided it might be fun to go to Tahoe for the weekend.
I’m sure different people like different places for different reasons. But if you are a sunshine kinda person, I can’t fathom why you’d prefer to live in California over Florida. Anything California can do, we can do better. And the few things they can do better, the massive population there has ruined. God bless the Sunshine State, and thank you California for reminding me why I’m never moving back.
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