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2012-01-20 07:02:07 PM

TheDumbBlonde: Esagashi: Articles like this may be why Tallahassee people (myself included) wonder how we're even in the same state...

Lived in Tampa 83-01 and know that I'll probably be back there pretty soon when I end up getting hitched and starting a family.

/Completely weirded out by all the HB Plant people on here
//CO 2001
///Is either of the Walkers still there? I loved Barbara.

I was throwing up beer on Picnic Island before you were born. (And I don't think you know the Walker girls I do.)



For Me it was drinking Beers on Beer Can Beach, but somewhere in time in between you two.
 
2012-01-20 07:13:03 PM

lokis_mentor: TheDumbBlonde: Esagashi: Articles like this may be why Tallahassee people (myself included) wonder how we're even in the same state...

Lived in Tampa 83-01 and know that I'll probably be back there pretty soon when I end up getting hitched and starting a family.

/Completely weirded out by all the HB Plant people on here
//CO 2001
///Is either of the Walkers still there? I loved Barbara.

I was throwing up beer on Picnic Island before you were born. (And I don't think you know the Walker girls I do.)


For Me it was drinking Beers on Beer Can Beach, but somewhere in time in between you two.


I don't get beer can beach. Is that Davis Island or the Causeway?
 
2012-01-20 07:17:31 PM
The yacht basin Beer can beach was the party area then. The Causeway is where all the snowbirds would be at.
 
2012-01-20 07:26:08 PM
Been living in Tampa for 20+ years and I... *jumps off the skyway bridge*

Seriously though, whoever designed this farking states transportation system needs to be jacknifed in the balls. My morning commute is 45 farking minutes to go 15 miles. At least they appear to be expanding I-75. Now if they could get another north south interstate put in, or at least a few better back roads to work with, we'll be in somewhat decent shape.

Bear in mind, this is in the SUBURBS of Tampa, on I-75 between SR 56 and I-4... that whole section of real estate is proppa-farked with congestion.
 
2012-01-20 07:30:14 PM

Esagashi: Articles like this may be why Tallahassee people (myself included) wonder how we're even in the same state...

Lived in Tampa 83-01 and know that I'll probably be back there pretty soon when I end up getting hitched and starting a family.

/Completely weirded out by all the HB Plant people on here
//CO 2001
///Is either of the Walkers still there? I loved Barbara.


huh, there are a lot of Plant people on here.

c/o '97, did all the nerd stuff.
 
2012-01-20 07:32:47 PM

RoosterCogburn: Seriously though, whoever designed this farking states transportation system needs to be jacknifed in the balls. My morning commute is 45 farking minutes to go 15 miles. At least they appear to be expanding I-75. Now if they could get another north south interstate put in, or at least a few better back roads to work with, we'll be in somewhat decent shape.

Bear in mind, this is in the SUBURBS of Tampa, on I-75 between SR 56 and I-4... that whole section of real estate is proppa-farked with congestion.


You live out in the suburbs and you think the answer is expanding and building new interstates and you think that the state is part of the problem?

The interstates and toll highways are constantly under construction and still can't keep up with growth. Meanwhile, every time the state or local government proposes commuter rail it gets shot down by referendum.
 
2012-01-20 07:37:52 PM
I don't understand how Orlando failed to make that list. Just driving from College Park to Altamonte Springs gives me a little homicidal twitch most days.
 
2012-01-20 07:39:34 PM
The interstates and toll highways are constantly under construction and still can't keep up with growth. Meanwhile, every time the state or local government proposes commuter rail it gets shot down by referendum.

Problem is the Nimby attitude, unless they are going to do like they did Central Ave, and declare eminent domain to fix it, there is really no viable solution.
 
2012-01-20 08:30:06 PM
To be honest, I'm actually surprised that Phoenix wasn't on the list.

I spent time in Miami back in the 90s, and it was fun. Never felt in danger, and got into a lot of trouble between the docks and marinas and Little Havana. Not like running into Springfield, Massachusetts or in Phoenix. Springfield is a gottverdammt hole, and unless you roll into the districts where the Italians or the Irish or the Russians/Poles control things, you can be looking at some serious trouble. Worse than back when I bounced in the Combat Zone in the day even.

Then again, I haven't been back to Miami since the mid-90s, so yeah, things have changed.
 
2012-01-20 10:02:31 PM
I live in Tampa and I like it fine. It's like any other town, just don't live in the shiatty areas. And USF is a decent school It's a better place to go to school than farking Gainesville, that's for sure.
 
2012-01-20 10:19:12 PM
Miami made the list. Color me unsurprised.

/lived in Ft. Lah-Dee-Dah
 
2012-01-20 11:23:04 PM
Meh. I live 30 miles south of Jax and just finished a nice cigar and bourbon outside in the middle of January. In DC, I would have frozen my arse off and would have concerns about the dodgy folks walking around the Hill and the mellifluous sounds of 9mm rounds going off in the distance. Give me a January day that's 75 and clear over 35 and icy any day. Going for a ride on the scoot tomorrow, probably in short sleeves. No stress here.
 
2012-01-20 11:37:33 PM
Tampa veteran, and I agree with this.
 
2012-01-21 01:07:49 AM

dc0012c: In DC, I would have frozen my arse off and would have concerns about the dodgy folks walking around the Hill and the mellifluous sounds of 9mm rounds going off in the distance.


Baloney. I'm in DC now, watching the snow fall silently. Not a gunshot to be heard.

/30 years in FL
//never going back
 
2012-01-21 02:53:59 AM

TheDumbBlonde: Things I miss about Tampa:

1-Castellano and Pizzo's.
2-Gossip
3-Gasparilla parties
4-Saks
5-Not thinking of a reason to drive north of BuffaloMLK.


Mons Venus Nude Strip Club
 
2012-01-21 06:54:43 AM

Esagashi: Articles like this may be why Tallahassee people (myself included) wonder how we're even in the same state...


I often wondered that myself, but I blame my confusion on my Florida public school education.
 
2012-01-21 08:13:04 AM

martid4: Mons Venus Nude Strip Club


I do miss Natashia.
 
2012-01-21 09:23:42 AM

Sultan Of Herf: svaj: Tampa - The Genital Wart on the Wang of America

/Lived there 17 years, love being vindicated for all the years I biatched about it.

Ive been in the Tampa area for 13 years, FL for 16. Hated every minute of it. In less than 3 weeks Ill be leaving the state, and proceeding to try and forget I was ever there.


Well, Bye.
 
2012-01-21 01:14:40 PM
I am surprised more of Florida is not on here. I have visited Tampa, and it is not a terribly fun place to visit if you live in another part of the state (lived in Pensacola at the time). Aside from the beach (which is fun for two or three hours, and is everywhere else in the state) there isn't really a whole lot there that many other cities don't do better. The weather is warm and sunny practically year round, but if you hate summer (like I do), that tends to be a big problem.
 
2012-01-21 01:16:42 PM

fn129: there isn't really a whole lot there that many other cities don't do better.


Such as?
 
2012-01-22 01:11:49 PM
I don't get the Tampa hate. And a I noticed a distinct lack of negative feedback from actual locals.

I was born here, went to school here (USF), and, except for 3 years in Golden, CO in my early 30's, have lived here all my life.

I'm married to another Tampa native, and we've noticed that most people who biatch about the area are transplants, who moved here seeking to improve what was previously a shiatty existence elsewhere, only to discover that it wasn't a geographical issue.

State income tax? WTF is that?

Sales tax? Manageable at around 7% in most counties.

Economy, yeah, shiatty right now, thanks to the housing crisis, but those of us who weren't stupid enough to believe our homes could triple in value in two years, and didn't mortgage our futures are doing just fine.

Suicide rate? Who farking cares, if you aren't suicidal?

Commute? We live in Temple Terrace, a city within the NE area of Tampa, and we carpool, me to downtown, the wife to Ybor, and from door-to-door, less than 20 minutes for her to drop me and for her to be at her office. Typically 25 minutes for both of us to get home. Not a bad commute for two people.

I suppose the commute is worse if you're one of the transplanted morons who chose to buy former swampland in what is known as 'New Tampa' (we know ZERO natives who live there; it's a local joke).

(ProTip for transplants: If the property you're looking at has cypress trees, it was at one time under water, and likely will be again.)

And as for cloudy days....well, clouds don't always mean a lack of sunshine. And, since it's 'partly cloudy' now, but still 75 in late January, I suppose yeah, that must suck for some people, but I think it's pretty good. And, as has been pointed out, it does rain nearly every day from late May to late August, but the rain doesn't last long, and the sun comes back out.

I'd stack local food joints up against any major city, and Cigar City Brewery (among others) is churning out some amazing local beer. The local history, especially revolving around Ybor City, is rich and socially relevant. Clean, quiet state parks are all around, as well as county parks.

Laugh it up at the Bucs, Lightning, Rays and Storm, but there are plenty of major cities with sports franchises who've never won a Super Bowl, a Stanley Cup, and several Arena Bowls, as well as winning the Pennant in one of the toughest divisions in the MLB. Tampa sports teams have their ups and downs, for sure, but it's still the only place I know of where you can comfortably go to an NFL game in short sleeves in December, then stop off for an NHL game on the way home. Or, if you prefer, go see a pretty darn good MLB team play in the middle of a summer thundershower.

Yeah, I'm proud to be a local, and I love my city. If you don't like it here, that's okay with us. It's highly unlikely you'll find a local who will beg you to stay.
 
2012-01-23 01:55:42 PM

flsammyfm: Yeah, I'm proud to be a local, and I love my city. If you don't like it here, that's okay with us. It's highly unlikely you'll find a local who will beg you to stay.


I like Tampa a lot too and I've lived in a few places around the country. It can definitely get a lot worse.
 
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