You Are Lucky You Are In Florida...

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

We have a dear friend in the Bronx. When we became friends soon after coming from the USSR, her son Dmitry was only 18, as my daughter, and just one year younger than my son.

Now he is turning 37 in December, but for us he is still the same Dmitry we remember him from nearly 20 years ago.

He came to stay with us with his wife Julia. He has MBA and works in accounting for a ocean freight company. She is a medical technician and works in the Hospital.

They are typical Americans. in their case – Russian Americans. Last year they bought a small condo in Yonkers, and every morning they go to work, making payment for his and hers student loans, mortgage, car payment… They have a town home in Venetian Bay, but it is rented long term.

They stayed with us one week spending most of the time at the pool, went to the beach, shopped at our local stores. We had good time sitting in the evening at the kitchen table and talking.

On Sunday just after the came my son took them to Jacksonville for an incredible air show (check Sharon Alters’ blog post about the show), but other than that they stayed in Daytona Beach Shores.

They left on Saturday, obviously unwillingly, instead of 7 in the morning they left after 2 PM. We asked them to call us when they get to home (they are driving).

They decided not to wake us early in the morning on Sunday, and when I woke up,  I saw the text message from Dmitry “Got Home. Thanks. Want back to Florida. You are lucky”

Yes, Dmitry, we are…

P.S. I would not be surprised to learn that he is checking classifieds for jobs now…

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We are all so lucky, Jon, in so many ways. 

Family and friends, first of all.  We are lucky to spend time with them and enjoy their company.

 

Oct 31, 2010 05:05 PM #1
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Jon, I have always lived in the Houston area, and I KNOW I would not do well where it is COLD!! Florida is beautiful and has a similar climate.  I'm sure Dmitry may find a move is in order! :)

Oct 31, 2010 05:05 PM #2
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He will definately be checking for jobs by February.  There is nothing worse than a cold dark February morning, cold as in 10 degrees below zero, and dark as in totally black until 7:30 in the morning. 

Squeeze from Minnesota. 

Oct 31, 2010 05:07 PM #3
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Jon,

  I have traveled in 33 American states, many of them extensively.  I have lived in Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina.

 Having said that - there is no place I would rather be than my home state of FLORIDA.   Never ending Beaches.   Oysters in Apalachicola.  The Night Life in South Beach Miami.  St. Armands Key in Sarasota.  The Sugar White Sand in Panama City Beach and Destin and Pensacola.   Surfing at Cocoa Beach and Sebastian Inlet and Daytona Beach.   Diving in the Florida Keys.  Dozens of First-Magnitude Freshwater Springs in Northwest Florida, along the Suwanee River, in Ocala National Forest, and elsewhere.   Florida has more Ritz-Carlton Hotels than anywhere on Earth.

 Thank God for Florida!

Oct 31, 2010 05:15 PM #4
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America is the greatest country on earth, which is why people from all over the world come to live here in freedom.

Your story is a testimony to that.

Oct 31, 2010 06:03 PM #5
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Virginia - we love when our friends come and stay with us. It is enjoyable time, even though we work and come only in the evening

Nov 01, 2010 02:19 AM #6
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Sonja - that's very possible and depends on the "moving" force, and that's Julia.

Nov 01, 2010 02:20 AM #7
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Mary - plus they have no garage, and have to find a space on the street, and sometimes you come late and have to wait for a good hour or even longer, before someone leaves...

Lived there, done that, never liked it

Nov 01, 2010 02:22 AM #8
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Fred - wow, this is a beautiful comment. And it is so true... Thanks

Nov 01, 2010 02:23 AM #9
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Tank you, Dave.

Nov 01, 2010 02:23 AM #10
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Jon, yes we are!  I left NYC 9 years ago and do not miss the cold winters or the driving around for an hour looking for a parking spot.  I actually didn't have a car because of that.  The subway served me very well.  I love the weather in Florida, even with the hurricanes.

Nov 01, 2010 02:33 AM #11
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Maggie - in New york 45 minute drive to work was considered great, here in Daytona 25 minutes is a disaster. Spending less of our lives in the car, which is an added bonus

Similar to simply living longer

Nov 01, 2010 02:44 AM #12
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Jon, we are lucky to be americans but if we continue to elect some of these men and women to office all this will soon change. We cannot afford the change the current administration is trying to force down our throats.

Nov 01, 2010 09:49 AM #13
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Mike - I am afraid this is going to happen. Yesterday I watched elections and if Harry Reed retained his seat, I am speechless

Nov 03, 2010 02:56 AM #14
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