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Hey SnowBirds! We Really Don't Care! How tourists can be rude to Locals.

Updated on March 22, 2016
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Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 7 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

Snow Birds and their complaints and criticisms

OK, I am walking on some thin ice here, but as my wife tells me, too often, by the way, I just can't keep my feet out of my mouth.

First of all, I was born and raised in Virginia, and at one point, I was transferred to a job in North Carolina where I worked for another ten years.

We lived there up until I retired, at which time, we moved to South Carolina.

We lived there for over seven years and we finally moved to Florida last year.

During our careers, both of our jobs required us to travel extensively around the world where we learned to enjoy the diversity of peoples and cultures that we came in contact with.

And over the past 7-8 years my wife and I have been lucky enough to take our Motorhome on trips around the US and meet diverse people from almost every; walk of life, ethnicity, age, and social standing.


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Always be Considerate and Understanding of Others

One of the first things that we both learned, decades ago, in our jobs, and then in our travels, is best described in an old adage, that carries a lot of truth for us all. That adage is;

Whenever in Rome, do as the Romans Do!

Now, I really don'y know where this old saying originated, but it is a solid and valid little piece of truth that is based on something very core to people and their relationships with each other, everywhere.

People Do Not Like to be Told that they are doing things wrong.

In our travels, in small town and large cities, in the highlands and in the lowlands, people might look different or speak differently but they are all pretty much considerate and thoughtful with their fellow man.

And, we have also found that; People, wherever you go around the world, DO NOT like for strangers, especially strangers from somewhere else, to tell them that they are doing something wrong.

And, to rudely tell someone, anyone, "where I come from we do it this way" is well, just wrong!

What I have learned, is that if you see people doing something differently from how you did it, leave it alone, or wait until you understand them better before criticizing anything!

Wherever you go, there are people that have a different culture, in a different land, in a different climate, etc. that for some reason drove them to evolve "their way" of doing things.

It doesn't matter if you are talking about; something as simple as cooking potatoes, or as complex as the design of their houses.

For example, you may visit an area where everyone and their families and local friends might eat more Beets than Potatoes.

Also, two days drive away you may find that; for some reason, these local people might not eat Beets at all, but may have potatoes or Rice or some other starch as a food staple.

Or, in your travels, you may end up sitting next to someone from an Asian country, who when served a bowl of rice will for instance, grab a pair of chopsticks and holding the bow lright under their chin, will literally shovel the rice into their mouths.

Making fun of the Beet eater, or the Rice eater will not make you a new friend.

Nope, you will have just cultivated a new member of a growing group that thinks you are the crazy person, not them.

You see, if you are not a true local of a community or country, you are the one with strange habits, not the locals. And your criticisms will always be considered crude, rude and socially unacceptable.


Living in a mostly SnowBird community

When we recently bought a house here in Central Florida on the Gulf Coast, it was because the house was in a very active 55+ community.

We saw that it was full of great people, and loaded with options and activities for those that want to socialize, exercise, learn, dance, travel, and more.

In fact, there is so much to do, that you can literally wear yourself out, if you are not careful.

We love the community and we love the people, and we had a great summer, those of us that have our homes here as our primary residence.

As the Summer went on, I kept hearing about the "Snowbirds" and how things really changed in the community when they showed up.

I just laughed, because, in reality, those years that I lived in the Carolina's, I had been a Snowbird, by definition, because we had always taken our Motorhome to other parts of the South for the Winter, to take advantage of the better climate, among other reasons.

And, I had been called a Snowbird by people in campgrounds from Florida to California.

But, I really had never had a problem, of any sort, and we got along greatly with everyone we met, regardless of where we were, and who we socialized with.

So, wondering, I asked around and soon learned more about just who was called a SnowBird.


What is a Snowbird, anyway.

Simply put there are three major groupings of SnowBirds.

There are the three-month Snowbirds who take a long vacation in the South and then head back to their homes up North.

These are mostly renters, for the simple reason that it is usually not economically viable to own a place in the South and just use it for three months of vacation.

You will meet and see these people, for several months, anytime from September through March, and then they disappear until the next warm season.

The Second grouping of Snowbirds are the Canadians. Like all people, many of the Canadians enjoy spending the cold winter season in a warmer climate, particularly in Florida.

But, the Canadians have a special set of circumstances that control their travels. They have to deal with the Canadian laws, the US laws, and the local State laws that all seem to limit their stay in the US and outside of Canada to six months maximum.

So, even though some of the Canadians will stay in the US for only a few months, most of them, that can afford it, I guess, will stay for the full six months they are limited to before they return home.

Then there are the six-month US SnowBirds. As a group, they also are mostly from the Northeast portion of the US, although you will see license plates from all over the US.

And, they typically have or had the resources, to purchase a second home in Florida while keeping their original home in the northern or other parts of the US.

They still live in their original homes and they have their homes, campers or condos in the South just for running away from the winter cold.

I have met many people, over the years that fit into these categories, and as a group, they are all great people to know and socialize with.

But, there are some, not many, but some, that project a feeling of arrogant disdain for the local people and their lifestyle, their habits and their ways of living.

These few are the ones who have driven so many of the native people of the South, as well as many transplants, to use the term SNOWBIRDS with a sneer on their lips.


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Snow Birds, We Don't Care!

You See, after years of listening to the snide comments, hearing the constant complaints about the food, observing the smaller than deserved tips being doled out, and seeing so many hard working people being ridiculed, I have to say this:

WE DON'T CARE!

We don't care How you did it up North!

If you did it so damned well there, then go back up North.

We don't care if your Italian Spaghetti Sauce is better than our Italian Spaghetti Sauce.

If you don't like ours, don't keep ordering it and complaining about it. Get something else.

We do't care if you can't find your favorite "Good Italian Bread" down here!

Try some good Cuban Bread, or handmade Mexican Tacos, or Southern style Biscuits. They are all great, so expand your tastes.

We don't care if you can't find any good Italian or Polish, or whatever, sausages and meats down here!

Again, try some of the great Cajun, or Southern-style, or Cuban or Mexican, or other Latino sausages and meats, many of which are considered, around the world to be unique and savory, and often even talked about as delicacies..

We don't care if you don't like our Southern Accents!

We think you sound funny too, but we're too polite to make fun of you.

It 's called Southern Courtesy. You know, being polite. I know you've heard of it, even if you don't practice it.

Don't make fun of how we drive!

If you look closely, most of the crappy drivers, in Florida especially, are actually the transplanted Northerners, not native Southerners.

When you are served a good meal, give a good Tip!

The people serving you down here, in the South, just like the ones that serve you up North, get next to nothing as a base salary. They live on their Tips and they deserve the appropriate size tip for their service.

Just because you are trying to "pinch your pennies" while vacationing, if you cannot afford to tip then you cannot afford to eat out so often.

The list goes on and on, and here are some more examples.

We don't care if your roads are better up North!

We don't care if your auto service is better up North!

We don't care if your restaurants are better up North!

We don't care if your hotels are better up North!

We don't care if you have better clothes in your stores up North!

And On,and On, and ON, ad nauseam!

WE JUST DON'T CARE!


What we DO KNOW about up North!

Well, we do know about a few things that are different up North, and also why you are spending so much time down here among us Slow Stupid Southerners:

We know that you hate the Cold Winters up North! And, you will spend almost anything to get away from them,

We know that your Property taxes are astronomical up North!

We know that your Home Prices are very High up North!

We know that your Fuel and Heating costs are very High up North!

We know, that you know, that Property taxes, Sales taxes, and Income taxes are much lower in the South than in the North!

We know, that you know, that Housing Costs are very low in the South, relative to those in the North.

We Know, that You Know, that Labor costs are much lower in the south than in the North.

We know, that You know, that Fresh Food costs are much cheaper down here and they are available longer during the year, than up North!

You see, we might be a little slow as I have heard some of you say about us, but We Are Not Stupid!

We know that you wish you could live year-round in an area where it is warm in the winter, food costs are extremely low, and fresh fruits and vegetables are available year round.

But, for whatever reason you don't move here, you just visit and complain incessantly about any and everything that you can, and damn whoever's feelings you might hurt.


But, Come on Down! Anyway!

A very long time ago, when I was in the Navy, I was stationed at a Naval Base in Brunswick Georgia.

Several times, while there, some friends and I hopped in a car and drove the short distance into Florida and down to Jacksonville for a weekend.

Back then, when you crossed the state line into Florida, there was sign on the side of the highway. It stated another simple truth. it said;

WELCOME TO FLORIDA!

HELP KEEP FLORIDA GREEN!

BRING MONEY!

It stated a simple truth back then, and of course it's just not politically correct to have such a sign on a roadside anymore.

So, whether you are one of the many nice people from up North, somewhere, or even if you are one of those rare and insensitive ones ........ Come on Down!

Come on Down and have a good Time while you are here, but please remember that old saying I mentioned earlier, about being in ROME!

Try to live with us, and our idiosyncrasies, and we will try to understand and live with yours.

Then, we can all have a good time and enjoy each others company in our great climate!

But .......don't forget...... Bring Money!


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      Frances Metcalfe 11 months ago from The Limousin, France

      I'd never heard of snowbirds so interesting hub from just that point of view. We moved to France from the UK in 2015 and wouldn't dream of telling them the way they do certain things is mad!

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      Don Bobbitt 14 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Irvin - Thanks. i fall into a strange frame of mind sometimes and as you can probably tell, I had dinner one night next to a table of these "Snowbirds" and their loud conversation was mostly about how funny we Southerners were.

      So, I had to vent a little.

      Thanks for the read,

      DON

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      Irvin Watson 14 months ago from Mainland, Western Australia, Australia

      "We don't care if you don't like our Southern Accents!

      We think you sound funny too, but we're too polite to make fun of you."

      My favorite line!

      I was born and raised in a coastal NW FL town. Spent years in the tourism industry as a boy, and we couldn't wait till Labor Day for a break between the summer families (who SPEND MONEY and HAVE FUN) and the Snowbirds.

      But as you said, there are similar situations everywhere. Just be considerate of others differences.

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      Don Bobbitt 20 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Rolly A Chbot - Well said.

      essentially every nations has its unknowing visitors who can either purposely or inadvertently rubbed our local nerves wrong.

      Have a great day.

      DON

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      Rolly A Chabot 21 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Don... thanks for the laughs, they are good first thing in the morning. As I was reading I could not help but notice the similarities in the comments we hear from the southerners coming north. I guess each us have our faults, like Southerner we as well can boast. Take away all the bad behaviour one thing you can be certain of, when you are in Alberta Canada you will be accepted with open arms... and yes PS bring your money, all of our services workers need tips as well.

      Should you find anything that does not meet your approval, please do let us know. We will do all we can to fix the problems for you.

      PS... please leave our snow snakes and winter mosquitoes here. We do not share them... lol... they are ours.

      Hugs to all our Sunbirds from Alberta

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      Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      linfcor- It is such a different lifestyle living in a "Tropical" area of the world. For instance, for those flower lovers of the world, pretty much everything blooms twice down here. And, its not that we are doing things slower down here, its that we are enjoying our environment so much. LOL!

      Thanks for the comment,

      DON

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Enjoying my roses and hibiscus in bloom.....picking oranges from my little tree....my husband is working on our lawn and soon I will be enjoying fresh strawberries. Yup It's Florida for me

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      Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      linfcor- Hey Neighbor!

      It is great isn't it? Warm Nights and Hot Days! So much Sunshine you have to wear a hat and Sunglasses year round, and fresh Fruits and Vegetables available almost year round.

      Who can hate this kind of lifestyle.

      But our GulfCoast weather is a horrible thing, I guess. Temperatures in the 60's to 70's during the day, and 50's at night are stressful. LOL!

      Have a great day. Me. I'm gonna drive up the road and get some fresh tomatoes.

      DON

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      Linda F Correa 2 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      Like you, I live on the West Coast of Florida. In what we call the Nature Coast. I loved your article, though tongue in cheek, there were lots of truth to what you said. I am a NJ girl but have been in Florida for 30 years. I love where I live and am happy to share the weather and joy of living here. Still trying to figure out what NY style pizza and Chinese food is, lol

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      Don Bobbitt 2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Bobbi- It is strange how we can be so different living in the c=same country isn't it.

      I think we see a lot more Canadians in Florida than the majority of states, and that may be a reason why they have such a bad reputation with many Floridians.

      On the other hand, it is a little presumptuous of me to group so many people into one personality profile.

      But, that's what we writers have to do, at times to tell a story properly.

      I have to admit, I have several close friends who are Canadian transplants, on who is now a full-time Floridian, and the other two who are only here for 6-months at a time. And, of course, they are great people.

      But my story is more fun with the little prejudices I used, isn't it? LOL!

      Thanks for the read and comment,

      DON

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Interesting take on the personalities and, what, attitude issues? We get a lot of Snowbirds in Texas, and they're usually pretty nice - I hope that continues! They seem to be enjoying life, they're glad to be here, and they can act like favorite aunts, uncles or grandparents.

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi Don.

      I love your humor and I know you would appreciate what I heard a man selling goods at a flea market said to a customer: “You Snowbirds listen to me--If your heart is not in Dixie---the highways in the south go both ways---get you’re a$$ out.” My face turned red but the customer turned and left. I didn’t know what started it---as always I am the cow’s tail at getting the entire conversation.

      My Grandmother Knight had a wonderful Snowbird friend; who came every winter. Those two would laugh and giggle all day, take walks around the community, and if one listened closely to Mrs. Woodcock from Boston and my precious Grandmother Knight from the south it was amazing the could communicate. One talked fast and the other talked slow.

      God bless the Snowbirds for helping the economy and bless the people who serve them with more patience.

      Have a great 2015.

      Bobbi Purvis

      I am sharing this with Twitter.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Chris- Thanks for the comment, and I agree with you about how some people are just unhappy and rude regardless of where they are from.

      THanks again,

      DON

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      blueheron- Fear Not! LOL!

      Just because they live in a harsh environment is really no excuse for their inherent harshness with the rest of the world.

      DON

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      Sharon Vile 4 years ago from Odessa, MO

      I fear I was a little harsh on our Northeastern urbanite brothers and sisters. I guess I should be saddened that they must live under such conditions. But the truth is, I am thankful that, for the most part, they stay where they are.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      blueheron- I tend to agree with you as to the cause for the cultural differences, but, having traveled the world in my work for decades probably the most important thing that I learned was that I, being the newcomer was the one who should adapt, and not the natives.

      Oh, Well, Thanks for the Comment and have a great day.

      DON

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      The Frog Prince- Crawling is an appropriate description, from several perspectives.

      The interesting thing about Florida is that they have "Silver Alerts" This is when a retired Snowbird eventually goes daft enough to not remember how to get home. Thus the Silver Alert so that the populace can look out for their car and call it in for the authorities to find them and take them home.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      The Frog Prince- Crawling is an appropriate description, from several perspectives.

      The interesting thing about Florida is that they have "Silver Alerts" This is when a retired Snowbird eventually goes daft enough to not remember how to get home. Thus the Silver Alert so that the populace can look out for their car and call it in for the authorities to find them and take them home.

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      Sharon Vile 4 years ago from Odessa, MO

      I think you get a lot of people from the Northeast's large urban centers, where the cultural difference to the South is jaw-dropping, and manners and behaviors that would appal Southerners are viewed as quite normal.

      CrafytotheCore's description of "standoffish" doesn't quite cover it. Lifelong adaptations to urban life tend to make people aggressive, abrasive, "standoffish" and snobby, and turn them into habitual complainers (because, generally, some is always trying to rip them off). I suspect that urban life teaches some hard lessons to the gracious and unassertive. If you visit these Northern regions, you will likely find that they act the same way at home.

      But perhaps I'm being provincial.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and the place literally crawls with the inconsiderate, rude, non-driving varmints.

      The Frog

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Crafty to the Core- You hit it on the head. Being on vacation does something to many people but I an a lot of my peers who actually live in Florida get irritated when we hear the same old complaint and insults, over, and over, and over.

      But, even the worst of them eventually go back home! LOL!

      DON

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Crafty to the Core- You hit it on the head. Being on vacation does something to many people but I an a lot of my peers who actually live in Florida get irritated when we hear the same old complaint and insults, over, and over, and over.

      But, even the worst of them eventually go back home! LOL!

      DON

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      CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

      Yes, I totally understand! I apologize for the northern snowbirds who come across as so arrogant. Around here, people are standoffish.

      When I travel and visit other places, I enjoy the scenery, the nightlife, the different trees, birds, and food. Others, can't see the forest before their eyes.

      I live in a military town. We have a lot of turnover here, and the ones that come from the southern states are so sweet.

      We border a highly populated tourist trap. Oh I mean town. The prices go up so high in the summer, I can't afford to drive by it on the highway!

      People that come from all over are rude to the people that live here. So I know how you feel.

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Deltachord- Thank You for the read and the comment.

      Yes, we should all try to be more flexible in life, but sad to say, some are just in their own world of hate.

      Anyway, You have a great day,

      DON

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      Deltachord 4 years ago from United States

      Food for thought about human nature. Some are complainers and some aren't. Bravo to those that want to get along with each other.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks again, Tams R, for the read and comment.

      Tis one came to me one night when I was trapped by a Snowbird who felt it was my turn to be harangued by her prejudices.

      And, it was fun to write, Thanks again.

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      I have lived in the Mid-west, the East and the South and it never ceases to amaze me the differences. I have long since learnt to overcome and adapt. I'm the visitor and I want to enjoy my time.

      If I wanted it to be the way it was at home.....hmmmm. I'd go home.

      I love all the varying cultures!

      Funny and to the point hub. I love the Southern Accent!!!!

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Express10- You are so right.

      Why waste so much of your precious life complaining and about things.

      When you get right down to it, we all only have so much time on this planet, and when we travel and meet someone or see something new and different, we should savor it, not put it down.

      If something or someone is not to your liking, then, OK, mark that down in your life experiences and move on to somewhere else in the future.

      My Opinion!

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      H C Palting 5 years ago from East Coast

      When I am able to travel abroad I will avoid tourist traps just so I don't get lumped into this type of "American" category and get an understanding of the local culture. I agree it's nauseating when people go on and on about how different things are where they're from. I wonder why they make all the effort to live elsewhere even temporarily just to have the chance to complain about how it's done wrong in their temporary town. Shame on them when they put locals down.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Thanks for the supporting comment, hush4444. It is the same everywhere that has a unique and beautiful climate. People that don't have such an environment will always flock to the better places. The problem, for the Locals is, to me at least, we live here, year round, and we really don't need the insults and derogatory comments from someone who isn't appreciative of what they are seeing. And, like you said, the vast majority of tourists are great people, but some? WHEW!

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      hush4444 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Love, love, love this hub! A lot of this could be written about where I live in Hawaii. People come here because of the beautiful lush foliage, gorgeous flowers, and delicious fruit, and then complain because it rains. The rain is why we have the plants! The absolute worst is when visitors treat local people as though they exist to do their bidding. But, I must say the vast majority of visitors appreciate the wonder that is Hawaii.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      kdhjeht- In Florida? We have retiree areas, vacation areas, and Gator areas. LOL! It's a crazy state, but I love it. Thanks for the comment.

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      kdhjeht 5 years ago

      I just avoid all tourist areas. :)

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      phdast7- Good to hear from you, again! And thanks for the great comment.

      That's the whole thing, to me, in a nutshell.

      If WE scare you when WE drive on OUR roads, well then, logic says that YOU should get off of OUR roads! Right?

      Anyway, I go off like this sometimes. It's a personal blood pressure management system.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great Hub. You described reality perfectly. I laughed and laughed. I live just outside of Atlanta and I am so tired of transplanted Northerners going on about how we can't drive in snow and that a tiny bit of ice paralyzes the south.

      Well, of course it does. Everybody struggles with what they are not used to. Why, would we be good at driving in ice and snow? We almost never have to, lucky us...we can even get a sunburn in the winter if we want to.

      And northern complainers? Why are you here? If its really so terrible, I will be glad to help you pack and wave goodbye as your car heads north. :)

      Funny, funny HuUb. :)

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      thanks for the insightful comment, timetraveler2.

      You're right about the many great Snowbirds that I have met. They far outnumber the bad ones.

      But, that wouldn't make for an interesting Hub, so, I had to take it to the edge with my sarcasm.

      I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      Sondra Rochelle 5 years ago from USA

      I'm a Northerner who has lived in Florida for more than 40 years. My attitude about all of this is: if you don't like it here, why do you come here? However, I do know it is human nature to whine and complain...so, I just stay away from the negative visitors and enjoy the courteous ones. Saves everybody a lot of upset! Nice hub!

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      TripleAMom- Thanks for understanding my twisted sense of humor.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Loved it. I'm a born and raised Floridian and I totally understand the humor in this piece. Read it to my family and we all got a good laugh.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Lynda, You Go Girl!

      And, it's the same everywhere you go! when someone turns into a "Tourist", for some reason,their IQ and sensibilities drop inverse-exponentially with their distance from their home! LOL!

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      lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      As a Canadian who is now a fulltime South Gulf Coast Florida resident, I second your complaints.

      You see, in the summer when it's too hot for you sissies, I can drive anywhere I need to be in twenty minutes. When YOU guys get down here, you don't know the difference between a highway and a street and I'm stuck behind the long line of out-of-state license plates trying to get to work. The speed limit is 55, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan and Ohio! Not 30. So speed up will ya! I'm running late for my job.

      And oh, by the way, just 'cause you're on vacation doesn't make it okay to walk into a restaurant in your bathing suit (Ack! the cellulite!) Cover yourself, please. I'm losing my appetite.

      Further: thanks for the $2 tip on the $40 restaurant bill. Yes the cost of living is lower down here, but not that low!

      Thank God that spring is coming and in a few months you'll all be gone and I can get around the place again. You seem to forget that there's real life going on while you're enjoying the warmth, so give us all a break. We do not exist just to make your southern winter more fun.

      But to all my Canadian friends: Come on down! It's great here (and if I were you I'd come in the summer.)

      Lynda

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      GRL- Thanks for the response. I am so glad that you enjoyed my sarcastic humor. And, Come on Down! 78 today, and Sunny! LOL!

      fatigmon- You Gotta just Love PEOPLE and the things that they say, often without any forethought at all. I just love the fact that I can go outside, drop into a Mall or Supermarket, or Pub, and within minutes have fresh fodder for my writing. What a country!

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      fatigmon 5 years ago

      I enjoyed this hub and voted it up. I was reminded of a time many years ago while in the military and one of the people in my outfit was from Hawaii and he had a real problem with the way this North Dakotan ate rice.

      My wife was born and raised in Florida and when she meets someone new up here they always, without fail, make the comment, "your not from around here, are you?"

      Great Hub

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This was voted up. I really enjoyed this hub. Sitting here in snowy Riga waaaay up North I'd love to fly down to Florida. I've got friends there and I would love everything and everyone because I would just be so glad to be warm and feel the sunshine on my face. We've had gray, gray, gray days. After reading your hub I could almost feel that Florida sun. Thanks.

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      Don Bobbitt 5 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      moonlake. you got it!

      thanks for the comment.

      And you are absolutely right, it's the Bad Eggs that end up ruining things for the majority, everywhere.

      Again, I loved your response.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Here’s a point of view from a Northerner. We don't care how you do it down south. We don't care how you drive down there. We hate it that you throw your trash all over our highways and forest like it's nothing. We're sorry we don't have the same foods you have. We don't care if your cold here, go home. We’re so sorry we’re all so dumb. We’re also very sorry you think we don’t deserve to be paid for our work for you or we shouldn’t ask to much money for our labor. Please try keeping your kids in line, keep them away from our loons and eagles. Please put your clothes on when your hanging out on our lakes.

      You see I live in a tourist area and we have all the same complaints you have.

      I thought your hub was pretty funny because I have heard all these complaints from people here about the people who come up here and have cottages here or just hear for awhile.

      For the most people are all good there are always a few bad apples.

      Enjoyed your hub.