Kyle Munzenrieder at Riptide counters Buzzfeed’s 43 reasons why growing up in Florida was a paradise, including huge bugs, smelly sunscreen, impossible-to-spell place names, and the sight of 40-year-old tourists in Speedos.
Pool noodles, manatees, and free Publix sugar cookies were great and all, but we feel like it’s not so much the joys but rather the shared pains that truly unite a people.
So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to list 43 reasons why growing up in Florida could also be hell on Earth. We do this not to disparage our great state, but because we feel the need to commemorate and recognize the great quasi-First-World struggles of our childhood.
I didn’t first move here until I was 19 and going to college, but for all its faults, I still like living here.