posted on Feb, 22 2007 @ 01:18 PM
Man, how can you not LOVE living here? I am a native, so I guess I am biased. I can't stand the cold. It drys out my skin. Give me the high
humidity any day.
Macdill looks low key, but it is an important command center, SPEC OPs I believe. Before 9/11, you could get up to the base shore line and fish the
creeks cut back that drain the runways. After 9/11, no dice. The Coasties run you off with a warning the first time. I have not wanted to get a
second warning. I have caught plenty of nice reds & snook around there, and the bomb hole was a dependable place to get bait. Oh well.
As far as weird things, nothing I couldn't explain. Lots of sonic booms while deep sea fishing. Heard my first triple last year. Seen dog fights
when out in the middle grounds, complete with flares. Very cool. When I was a kid, I had a Nat Guard Phantom jet fly within a quarter mile of the
Cessna I was in headed down to the Keys. There was a low cloud cover, and the pilot points to the right and says "watch this, it's coming out of
the clouds over there". Coolest thing I had ever seen. Flying in a DC3 to Atlanta, looking out the window, watched the engine blow, spitting out a
flame 50' long. Had to emergency land in G'ville for that one. Got the fire truck escort and all. Seen A10 Warthogs "stunt" flying by the Gandy
bridge. Those things can do some incredible moves. Seen the shuttle in orbit, chasing the international space station. That is really beautiful.
Sitting on the front of a fishing boat in the middle of the night out at the elbow in the middlegrounds (100 miles off shore) and able to see the
milky way spread across the sky - wow. I've got two brothers in law, both Naval pilots, one active, one retired and now a captain with Jet Blue.
Other than this weekends story about belligerant, drunk passengers stuck in New York, nothing weird from either of them.
All in all, it is a beautiful place if you love the sun and water. It is getting crowded, though. It makes me sad to hear about people moving here
from up north, and growing to hate it here. I know the northeast is beautiful as well. I could only hope that the unhappy ones would head back and
be happy up there.
[edit on 22-2-2007 by Redfish]