Yeah Florida is awful. Definitely not my choice and been wanting to be close with family but now I just cant bare it here anymore. Neither can my family either.
What you say about the middle east may be kind of relevant here too. Seems like near the gulf (here is the gulf of mexico.. I am like 1 hour and a half south of Tampa right near the beaches on the west coast of FL) it is super unbearable and ridiculously humid most of the time. Seems like its even bad on the gulf in other states (Lousiana, TX, Alabama etc) esp in the summer. But yeah I always wondered how you can bare wearing heavy clothing in that weather. I understand a lot of it is religious and tradition in that region but still, thats nuts. I feel for them.
No offense taken at all! Its cool you know someone else who kinda did the same thing. This house is worth like 300K probably right now, so we're definitely not rich but would like to move out and get a house somewhere else just like them. Probably wont be back here again though unless to visit my parents but I know they wanna sell soon.