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45 indicators you've develop into an actual Floridian – Tampa Bay Occasions


Possibly it was waking as much as an alligator within the driveway or throwing that first hurricane get together. Studying to tolerate the swampy humidity. Accepting the perpetual sandal-strap tan in your ft.

Each one who strikes to this state experiences it: a second the place they notice they lastly really feel like an actual Floridian.

The Tampa Bay Occasions requested readers to inform us how they knew they belonged right here. (A number of staffers weighed in, too.) Submissions have been edited for size and readability.

Withstanding the climate

1. “If you get seasonal affective dysfunction after three cloudy days in a row.” — @chrislongview by way of Twitter

2. “When you understand the place to seek out that shaded parking spot in the summertime, regardless of having to stroll 5 minutes to get into Publix.” — @FranStrazzulla by way of Twitter

3. “My household moved to South Florida from Brooklyn after I was 6. I’ve vivid recollections of being dragged round automotive dealerships within the blazing solar as certainly one of my first exposures to the Florida warmth. The parking heaps felt like deserts. I keep in mind realizing this warmth was simply a part of life now.” — Tracey McManus, Occasions Clearwater and Scientology reporter

4. “Not having the ability to swim till the water is 85 F.” — @marmite_usf by way of Twitter

5. “Not complaining (a lot) in regards to the warmth in August.” — @tranewman by way of Twitter

6. “It was after I stopped going to the seashore frequently as a result of I couldn’t be bothered. An excessive amount of problem for parking and sand all over the place.” — Lisa Merklin, Occasions deputy design director

7. “This time of yr when the climate is within the 70s, you may inform the Floridians from the vacationers pretty straightforward. The vacationers are in shorts and tank tops skipping down the road whereas the Floridians are in pants and sweatshirts shivering like misplaced puppies.” — Derek Miller by way of Fb

8. “If you begin appreciating the seasons as they’re in Florida, versus saying we don’t have any.” — @madabelle84 by way of Twitter

9. “If you lastly flip the warmth on as a result of it’s 70 levels outdoors and it’s been so lengthy the mud that has gathered inside your air handler begins to smolder and you need to name the hearth division.” — @KittyTheOthrWay by way of Twitter

10. “If you notice the afternoon thunderstorms present an incredible spot-free rinse for laundry your automotive should you time it good. A showering swimsuit and a bucket of heat soapy water could make for a rewarding quarter-hour.” — Jose Cabanillas by way of e-mail

Loving the native delicacies

11. “I believe it was the second I lastly gave in to the opinion that Pub Subs are, actually, nice (after doubting for some time how good a grocery retailer sandwich might probably be.)” — Emily Mahoney, Occasions political editor

12. “Once I gave up making iced tea and simply purchased it at Publix.” — Dee Wehr by way of e-mail

13. “Once I gave up on ever consuming an honest slice of pizza once more. Once I started calling it pizza as a substitute of pie, and after I changed hoagie with sub.” — Paul Guzzo, Occasions tradition reporter

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14. “If you fall in love along with your first chunk of key lime pie!” — @mmwestheimer by way of Twitter

15. “When Denis Phillips reveals up in your information feed greater than your loved ones.” — Diana Southern Norman by way of Fb

Embracing Florida trend

16. “I grew up in Washington, D.C., throughout the Nineteen Eighties. Each Christmas we’d take the Amtrak to Miami to see my Nanny. When the practice stopped in Jacksonville, my mother would inform me and my sister: ‘Okay, you may take off your tights now.’ That’s after I knew I needed to be a Floridian. … Once I obtained this job and moved right here in 2000, I gave all my tights to my finest buddy in Virginia. That’s how I knew I used to be a Floridian!” — Lane DeGregory, Occasions enterprise reporter

17. “If you arrive at a funeral and notice your flip-flops don’t match your swim trunks.” — @dascheuer by way of Twitter

18. “Once I broke down and determined I used to be cool being seen in public carrying socks with slides whereas strolling the canine. And ONLY whereas strolling the canine.” — Tony Marrero, Occasions Hillsborough regulation enforcement reporter

19. “If you get off the aircraft and your hair frizzes and you are feeling such as you’re swimming within the humid air and it feels … proper.” — @tranewman by way of Twitter

20. “As quickly as you cease carrying sneakers outdoors.” — @GillStaw by way of Twitter

21. “Once I wore a favourite pair of pants to work one chilly day and a few pals at work stated they’d by no means seen me in pants, and I instructed them they may not ever once more as a result of I hadn’t realized how itchy pants had been. I might by no means once more dwell in a spot the place I’ve to put on pants for months at a time.” — Amy Gehrt, Occasions breaking information editor

22. “I misplaced my non-Floridian card one winter night time after I wore leggings underneath my denims as a result of it was so chilly. It was in just like the excessive 40s.” — Langston Taylor, Occasions information editor

23. “We moved right here in 1997 and my husband stopped carrying socks.” — Margaret Smith by way of Fb

24. “Once I realized I don’t have chilly climate garments anymore, and solely open-toed sneakers.” — Lisa Grafe by way of Fb

25. “When you could have extra bathing fits than sweatshirts.” — Deborah Frank Clough by way of Fb

Changing into conversant in the natural world

26. “Lived right here since 1985 however I gained’t really feel like a Floridian till I get by an entire day with out seeing a new-to-me insect.” — @MaggieDammit by way of Twitter

27. “We fell in love with Snooty and Winter (RIP).” — Michelle Guitard by way of e-mail

28. “Part 1: Having a Tupperware designated particularly to catching and releasing lizards that obtained in the home. Part 2: Giving up and coexisting with lizard roommates.” — Lauren Peace, Occasions methods and race reporter

29. “I turned a Floridian when my canine bit the tail off an iguana.” — Romy Ellenbogen, Occasions Tallahassee reporter

30. “Your digital camera roll is simply sundown footage and tremendous zoomed-in movies of dolphins/manatees.” — Carly Thompson, Occasions engagement editor

31. “When palm timber cease feeling unique.” — @BKingDC by way of Twitter

32. “Throwing a hurricane get together for a Cat 1 or 2 storm. Additionally, getting used to alligators strolling round your neighborhood within the springtime (for mating season!).” — @meganisonline by way of Twitter

33. “Undoubtedly your first bathroom frog.” — @Mike_Canan by way of Twitter

34. “It’s once you choose up the palmetto bug along with your naked arms and put it outdoors! After you nearly step on a cottonmouth strolling to the lake.” — @KatherineMLewin by way of Twitter

Collaborating in time-honored traditions

35. “After you get scammed for the primary time.” — Rebecca Liebson, Occasions actual property reporter

36. “If you get trapped in a 60-minute clarification of why the Rays don’t fill the stands.” — @casspa by way of Twitter

37. “Put away my snow shovel [and looked] for pickleball courts.” — Dominic Grillo by way of Fb

38. “If you discover ways to keep away from the recent lava of your automotive steering wheel, when mosquito season is extra actual than fall, and once you activate the heater as a result of it dipped under 70!” — Cindy Drake by way of Fb

39. “I’m from Miami, however transplanted Yankee pals have instructed me they lastly realized how helpful the phrase ‘y’all’ seems to be. And should you use it to consult with a single individual, effectively, that’s simply incorrect.” — Sue Carlton, Occasions city affairs reporter

40. “If you plan a day to Disney utilizing your season move on the wet and coldest day of the yr simply to keep away from the crowds.” — Jim Waschbusch by way of Fb

41. “If you hear the phrase ‘the Bay Space’ and you understand it’s not about a spot in California.” — @WileESongdog by way of Twitter

42. “You might have your home windows tinted as darkish as you legally can have them.” — Amy Baker by way of Fb

43. “If you cease utilizing your flip sign.” — @WheresEbony by way of Twitter

44. “When you know the way to pronounce Micanopy.” — @killa_joulez by way of Twitter

45. “If you don’t care in regards to the ‘Florida Man’ stigma or what folks take into consideration you for shifting to or dwelling right here.” — Felix J. Barajas by way of Fb

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