Even though it wasn’t close to Albuquerque, I still wanted to visit White Sands

My company sent me to Albuquerque for a week-long conference.

I wasn’t particularly excited to go to Albuquerque, but I quickly learned that New Mexico has legal recreational marijuana.

That put a smile on my face. I wasn’t going to be with my kids or my wife and I thought I would use the opportunity to smoke cannabis for the first time in a long time. A couple of my co-workers were going to the conference as well and we were all talking about the potential for using marijuana products since they were legal. It’s always been my dream to go to White Sands National Monument. I never thought I would ever get a chance to see all of the white dunes, and I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to drive there from Albuquerque. Even though it was three and a half hours to White Sands from Albuquerque, my co-workers and I still decided to do that on our 1 day off. Monday was a free day and we could use that day to explore Albuquerque. My co-workers and I decided to get up very early in the morning so we could drive from Albuquerque to White Sands National Monument. We packed a picnic lunch and took a rental car. We stopped at a dispensary on our way out of Albuquerque and we picked up some marijuana supplies. We had the most amazing day and we rode surfboards down the side of the dunes. Even though it was an extremely long day, I wouldn’t have chosen any other activity for the free day.

 

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The Weird Florida Podcast comes to Tampa

I run a travel podcast called Weird Florida.

You might think after two years and eighty seven episodes I would run out of material, but then again you probably don’t know Florida very well.

The Sunshine State is one of the weirdest places in the country, which is why Florida Man is so popular. We have a million fascinating things in our state, but mostly what I like to talk about is history, because this place is lousy with myths and legends. For the last two months I kept my focus close to home, and wrote stories about the history of Tampa, FL. I have even considered writing a full book of ghost stories I have collected from the Tampa and St. Petersburg areas of Florida, because I have found that many of them. Who has time to write a book, though, because between the Weird Florida podcast and my full time job as an HVAC tech, there just isn’t enough time! Let me tell you that if you are an HVAC tech, you should really consider moving down here, there is no shortage of work! Three different HVAC techs I have worked with in the past have quit to start their own business in the Tampa area, because the place just seems to keep growing! Tampa is located right on the water, and you think that would help cool the place down, but it doesn’t seem to help much. Tampa is hot, it is humid, and it is most definitely haunted, so check out my podcast to get the inside scoop.

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A little culture shock when moving down to Tampa

Culture shock is what it’s called when you go to a new place and are stunned by all the differences from where you used to be.

It can be a new language and local customs, for example, that throw you for a loop. For me moving into the deep south for the first time, I was a little blown away by how friendly everyone is. The south gets a bad rap from the rest of the country, but I tell you I feel very welcome down here. Some people might tell you that Tampa, Florida is not really part of the South, but those people are wrong. In Tampa you can find everything that makes the South great, including delicious food, beautiful beaches, and amazing music. Be prepared, though, if you visit Tampa in the summer be prepared for some pretty intense heat. Down here we get used to spending most of the summer inside with air conditioning, because the wicked Florida heat can be a killer. The whole reason I moved to Tampa was because of the heat, because a place like this is where an HVAC tech can make a real killing. Tampa is a tale of two cities all rolled into one, because during the day I am a regular HVAC tech, but when night falls a whole other side of the town comes out. Tampa has an incredible nightlife, with a growing music scene, and is a lot more than what you expect from a place with so many retirees. For an HVAC tech, Tampa is the land of opportunity.

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I am going to move to a new place

Culture shock is what it’s called when you go to a new place and are stunned by all the differences from where you used to be… It can be a new language and local customs, for example, that throw you for a loop.

For myself and others moving into the deep south for the first time, I was a little blown away by how friendly everyone is… The south gets a terrible rap from the rest of the country, although I tell you I feel entirely welcome down here! Some people might tell you that Tampa, Florida is not genuinely section of the South, however those people are wrong.

In Tampa you can find everything that makes the South great, including delicious food, appealing beaches, and amazing songs! Be prepared, though, if you visit Tampa in the Summer be prepared for some pretty intense heat, however down here the two of us get used to spending most of the Summer inside with a/c, because the wicked Florida heat can be a killer. The whole reason I moved to Tampa was because of the heat, because a place love this is where an HVAC tech can make a real killing. Tampa is a tale of more than one cities all rolled into a single, because while I was in the day I am a respected HVAC tech, however when night falls a whole other side of the neighborhood comes out. Tampa has an incredible nightlife, with a growing songs scene, and is a lot more than what you expect from a place with so several retirees. For an HVAC tech, Tampa is the land of opportunity.

 

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