Revisiting SoWal

Discussion in 'Local Government and Groups' started by TheSheep, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. Bob

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    Yes, we teach our children to avoid characterizing stereotypical behavior. It's very un-PC to establish a link between sub groups and predictive response, yet the very foundation of capitalism is to know how to zero in on predictability through formulaic marketing. Your entire day, if in public places or recognizing mass media is spent navigating a constant barrage of button pushing.
     
  2. Bob

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    Easy now, or we start dusting off the rocket scientist jokes.
     
  3. TripleB

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    Well...I do live in "Rocket City" USA.
     
  4. TheSheep

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    I thought they were extinct?:dunno:

    Nope, TheSheep was the recipient of the charitable efforts of a Master English teacher for six years, grades 7-12, then off to the University of HighHeels and Sin where TheSheep found a three year roomie...an English Lit major.:blink:
     
  5. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Rita: the thing about sowal is that folks like you move here because they really want to live here and be part of the wonderful community. it's become more family-oriented than ever, and this is a good thing. while the market is still slow, there is sure to be growth in housing, tourism and business opportunity for years to come. so, change is something we're accustomed to, and something we know and expect to happen.

    many of us choose not to live on 30A - summertime is a zoo and its not for us. so, we aren't exposed to it unless we choose to get in the middle of it.

    the preserved state beaches and forests are the best part of the deal on south walton, and is one of the top reasons we chose to make sowal our home. this sets south walton apart from other Florida destinations, along with building restrictions. and our community leaders and residents are all proud and protective of these ideals.

    yes, sometimes it seems we are becoming a suburb of Atlanta with all the yuppies coming to town with their version of what sowal needs to be a "real town", ie, dog parks and the like. But, that's part of it too. Most folks moving in are quite educated, open-minded and bring unique experiences to the community.

    while its not perfect. it's really wonderful. :wub:
     
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  6. TheSheep

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    The operative word is predictive and therein lies the rub (lower, please).

    Living on top of one another, high densityand paying dearly for this, would on the surface appear to be irrational. I believe this style of irrationality can be explained only psychologically.

    Not much different than the fear of flying vs driving, the latter a considerably higher risk proposition. These irrationalities must be inborn and they exist for good reason.

    Capitalistic governments take advantage of this aberration, look at the brutally stoopid attempts to control terrorism, the hordes of monies spent, a complete waste, great for those who deal in airport "security" technologies. :blink:

    Understanding the fundamental problem, there's the fun, is that our brains are scrambled having to assess our dual systems for reacting to risk

    1) a primitive intuitive, "fight or flight" system and

    2) a more advanced analytic system...........

    ........and they're operating in quantumly.

    It is this duality that TheSheep seeks to understand and inside SoWal living maybe one of the answers.
     
  7. TheSheep

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    Toots, ain't so, you can find lotsa places in FL where you have a strong commitment of environment (egads, ask the Deltonas about Marco Island circa 1970s :eek: ); Sanibel, the Panhandle coast from Cape San Blas to and around the southern turn, the latter two have no allowance for any structures over 36' feetish. If set apart means different, perhaps, but not exclusive.

    And what has come of all that, btw. Sanibel is practically an estuary in which humans cohabit but their beaches are screwed with red algae drift. Now they are reporting 4-8 degree temp jumps in the Gulf, the sharks have bailed 8 weeks early, shellfish washing ashore deader than, er, shells, nope, no connection to any known tide or drift.

    Your looking at a major change in the landscape effects which will certainly be felt in SoWal now that they have "reclaimed" 4,000 acres of wetlands NW of PC for an airport. Those eastern originating planes, you know everyone has to take a dump right before landing, where do you think that power flush toilet is gong to rain that stuff? :rolling:
     
  8. TheSheep

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    Turn on your sarcasm meter, then reread. ;-)
     
  9. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    sheepster, I have not opposed any of your well-informed viewpoints, even though I believe they are a bit skewed in the negative direction of thinking (has anyone ever accused you of being a cynic?:lol: ). all of your points have validity.

    however, as a long time resident, I don't think you can say that "its not so" when I tell you the reasons many locals choose to live here and are proud of our community. I did say it isn't perfect... but, it's the most perfect place I've ever lived.

    of course there many other places in Florida where environmental preservation is important. we're lucky to be in one of those places. (once again though, it ain't perfect - our county has come a long long way, but is still a tiny infant baby when it comes to overseeing development code, growth in the south end, etc.).
     
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  10. TheSheep

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    Toots, I don't think I phrased my reply well and I certainly don't refute the facts as you have stated above re: SoWal. MOF, I embrace them and that is the curiosity, the fact that community and all the features you mention can be found in many, many places where the costs are less and the densities of people are as well.

    If you were to find a place that had all the qualities you describe, everything you like about SoWal, and was both less expensive and much more private in living space, would you move? :drool:
     
  11. TheSheep

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    Tell The Murph TheSheep says Hi! and that his oldest son still can't shoot a lick.
     
  12. Teresa

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    well, I happen to have a very private place to live, plenty of wooded property all around me, and I don't know what's more expensive about living here than anywhere else. maybe groceries are more expensive (so I hear). gas is more here than other areas to the north. dining can be expensive, sure. but we're cooks and prefer to dine in mostly. yes, a glass of wine at seaside is about $12 (and it's half full). but, we know where to go and enjoy our own vino, and do so quite often, at the beach or on the bay, or down the street at jdargs house...

    I think you have to live here to really experience the amazing community feel, the incredible people, and especially the beautiful natural environment all around us.

    the only reason some folks may not quite like sowal is they may feel it doesn't offer enough to do as far as cultural events and such. some folks like the big city life. but for me, I like the smaller community. heck, this place is hardly big enough to be called a town yet. that's what I like.
     
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  13. Allifunn

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    I :wub: you sis!
     
  14. InletBchDweller

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    Wow, what a thread, I gotta get out more often!!!!!:blink: :blink: :drink: :drink2: :drink: :drink2: :chill: :D
     
  15. TheSheep

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    You didn't answer the question but moving on...SoWal compared to many other places is quite expensive for instance the Cape San Blas area which is nestled into St. Joseph Aquatic Preserve and State Land Preserve. The beaches are much wider (overall), the people are friendly as is possible; SoWal has no lock on any of what you have mentioned and you pay a dear price in cost of housing, less natural environ and much, much higher density living.
     
  16. TheSheep

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    Smooches!! :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub: :wub:
     
  17. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    So, maybe The Sheep needs to graze Cape San Blas more often.
     
  18. Allifunn

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    I was NOT talking to you:nono1: :nono1:
     
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    Sheep, I was reading my treasured book of stories by Somerset Maugham and one had a passage that might explain something to you. In the story, Maugham commented on a book about travelling and the two kinds of travellers there are: the armchair traveller who never leaves his room or his imagination, and therefore suffers no loss of illusion, and the other, which he describes as such:

    "...there are people who take salt in their coffee. They say it gives it a tang, a savour, which is peculiar and fascinating. In the same way, there are certain places, surrounded by a halo of romance, to which the inevitable disillusionment which you must experience on seeing them gives a singular spice. You had expected something wholly beautiful and you get an impression which is infinitely more complicated than any that beauty can give you. It is like the weakness in the character of a great man which may make him less admirable but certianly makes him more interesting."

    Maybe those of us who love SoWal, despite or because of what it has become, are those who can take the salt in the coffee. Maybe you are of the no-salt variety, that's all. What we love in our coffee ruins it for you.
     
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  20. TripleB

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    I think we all can agree that living in SoWal is expensive. I doubt that one could find an "economical" coastal community (maybe there is one but I live in NoAL so what do I know?). The confusing thing Sheep is that you have gone from lamenting your disappointment with you last visit to apparently trying to convince others that they should feel the same way. The best "source" on how one should feel about living in SoWal is from those who live in SoWal. I believe many have answered that question. Those who reside in SoWal but do not frequent this board have answered the question too...they choose to live in SoWal.

    I realize that sheep are white and of course we've all heard of "black sheep" but me thinks TheSheep has a tinge of green.
     

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