Oooooh... feel that, rest of the country? That’s called winter. And there’s pretty much no escaping it until April, unless you plan a vacation somewhere warm. If you don’t want to cross an ocean that generally means going one of two places: California or Florida. And while we might be the butt of a lot of jokes here in the Sunshine State, we’re still not nearly as bad as that big giant state out West. Here’re 20 reasons why.
1. Our bar closing times are designed for people under 60
When you have to justify your nightlife by saying, “it’s all about finding the after-party,” you’re basically Tuscaloosa with pricier drinks.
2. It’s actually warm all year round
The average high in Los Angeles in December is 68 degrees, with lows in the 40s. Unless Bieber's in town, 40 degrees in Miami leads the 11 o’clock news.
Kobe wouldn’t be eating up the Lakers’ entire salary cap if he didn’t have to hand 13% of that money over to the state.
8. Our drinking water is better
Florida has a seemingly endless supply of fresh drinking water thanks to our complex system of underground aquifers. California gets 50% of its water supply from an illegally hooked-up garden hose in Arizona.
9. Our high-speed chases are cooler
In Florida, high-speed chases involve off duty cops going 120mph on the Turnpike. In California, they generally involve a guy with outstanding parking tickets who did a little too much meth. Or OJ.
10. Our supermarkets don’t have picket lines
In Florida, “Supermarket Strike” is just the name of a Marlins-themed scratch-off ticket.
11. The whole state is coastline
The West Coast of Florida has some of the best beaches in the world. The East Coast of California has… Reno.
You’re not finding a 200-piece bag of Charleston Chews in the front of an In-N-Out Burger. Just sayin’.
13. Predictable natural disasters
Sure, a hurricane warnings may cause widespread panic, endless lines at Publix, and a run on gas for what ends up to be a rainy day, but they still beat a fault line randomly opening up under your house.
14. Our governor has a cooler nickname
Arnold would have won this for you back in the day. But now? Sorry. “Skeletor” is way more bad-ass than "Governor Moonbeam”
15. Our in-state rivalries don’t turn violent
Ever seen a NoFla tattoo or a stabbing at Rays vs. Marlins game?
16. You don’t have islands
Okay, you’ve got one, Catalina, which you can only get to by boat or a really expensive airplane ride. And Alcatraz. Key Biscayne is accessible on foot. By the homeless.
17. We don’t have car emission checks
So we can keep that ‘78 LeBaron spewing exhaust at eight miles a gallon until there’re no more parts left in junkyard. Yet somehow…