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This Side of Heaven

When I spied this shot I thought maybe I'd died and gone to heaven. Well, maybe not me but the folks watching the sunset in their beach chairs. Not many people that move down here to Manatee County in Florida return to their northern homes unless they're what we call "snowbirds"; fly down in winter and back up in summer. I used to live in a northern climate and now I think I'd have a hard time going back. It's true there's beauty everywhere, but something about the gentle rolling of the waves and the warm breeze is hard to resist. Lets face it, Florida is a retirement state and for good reason. So, while Florida has industries and agriculture, I think it's biggest draw is tourism. In my opinion it's too hard to focus the mind when the climate and scenery are this inviting. It's my theory that people in northern climates are more industrious because they are forced to stay indoors through the long cold months. I don't know where I'm going with all this, probably nowhere. In any case, when I wake up from this daydream I hope I'm close to this beach. In the meantime, I'm not retired so I better get back to work.

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