So I’ve been getting asked a lot lately “How do you like Florida so far?” I’ve pretty much answered with a generic “I like it,” which is true, and most people don’t ask what I like about it, so I figured I’d share.
First off, it’s gorgeous here. The foliage is completely different from what we have back home, so it’s cool to drive down the road still expecting to see oaks and pines, and actually seeing palms and pines. I’m really enjoying the change. Also, it’s usually sunny (except when it rains, which is every day), and the grass is nice and green. It’s actually grass, too; back home, most people’s lawns consist of a mix of clover, fescue, and weeds. Here, it’s actual grass, without weeds or clover in. The gardens are pretty too; some of the flowers are kinds I haven’t seen before. And the birds? There are actually Ibis(es? Ibii?) that live in my apartment complex. I always thought they were strictly an Egypt thing.
Also, I’m amazed at how much nicer people are here. When I was moving in, I went to a home goods store, and when the lady in line in front of me found out I’d just moved here, she gave me her extra coupons. Every time I go to the store, the cashiers and floor workers are so sweet and willing to help; how refreshing! Back home, you’re lucky if you get anything other than a dead-eyed look from someone you ask directions from, but here, they’re knowledgeable and willing to help. It’s amazing.
It’s hot here, too, which I love. I’d rather be in hot weather than cold, since I’m usually cold anyway, so I like the fact that the weather stays relatively warm most of the year. It means my knitting becomes somewhat redundant if I use wool, but that’s why there’s such a thing as linen, cotton, hemp… So I can feed my fiber habit
And my job? It’s going great. I work 9 to about 6 every day except Mondays, which is my day off. The tech apprentices, of which I am one, are a great group of people who all get along really well. We banter, we joke, we have serious conversations… I don’t think there is a single one of us who doesn’t get along with anyone else. Work itself is turning out to be a new set of challenges. I’m so used to working in a fly house that I have to re-learn how to work with a grid that’s attached directly to the ceiling. I’m enjoying working with the electrics team a lot, too. My supervisor, Rob, is hysterical, and it’s obvious that he knows his stuff very well. Today was only my third day, and I’ve already learned a vast amount from him and his assistant, Mary. I’m so glad that they are willing to teach me and my fellow lighting apprentice what they know.
So, how do I like Florida? So far, I really like it a lot. I’m looking forward to more adventures in Orlando.