The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 August 2005

Oklahoma City vs. Tampa

A comparison, posted on craigslist by someone who's moved to Florida:

Call-center wages: OKC, $10/hr; Tampa, $8/hr

Amusement parks: "I could go to Frontier City twice a week for a year compared what one trip to Disneyworld, Epcot Center, Universal City and Busch Gardens would cost."

Sushi: "... have been to 4 different sushi restaurants in Tampa... none compare with Sushi Neko. How does a restaurant 500 miles from the ocean have better raw seafood than one that is almost within walking distance of the damn ocean?"

Bars and nightclubs: "... nothing beats a beachfront bar, where the waitresses and bartenders wear bikinis.... oh wait those arent in Tampa... they are across the bay in St. Pete and Clearwater... 25 miles away or an hour and a half on a busy day."

Traffic: "... been on I-44 and I-35 over by Mathis Brothers during rush hour? That is every major street in Tampa everyday during rush hour.... and rush hour last 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the evening...."

Real estate: "... you buy a $125,000 house in Oklahoma City you get 3 bedrooms, two baths and two car garage....in Tampa you get 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and a carport... NO CENTRAL AC...."

A couple of notes:

Mathis Brothers is actually near the I-44/I-40 interchange.

Frontier City, which hasn't been updated since the Spanish-American War, isn't that much fun these days. (Which may or may not have something to do with Daniel Snyder's tender offer for Six Flags, Inc. shares in the hopes of replacing the top company officials.)

And anyway, this Tampa transplant isn't too unhappy these days, because of the following:

fresh Seafood (except Sushi)
Art Galleries and Museums
concerts .... major concert almost every weekend
and Key West is only a day away.

And this:

Come mid-January when it is 20 degrees in Oklahoma, I am going to be sitting out on the beach in my shorts with a cold drink in my hands saying to the bikini clad waitress who is bring[ing] me a re-fill..."Gee it is kinda cold today... what is it only 75 degrees?"

Now that we can't top.

Posted at 6:22 AM to City Scene