I lived in Florida most of my life.
When I got a job in Illinois it was quite a change for me.
I couldn’t afford to live in the city so I ended up in Orland Park of all places. The area is quiet and pretty. I have made some great friends and I like what I do. However, the weather was something unexpected. In Florida I was conditioned to heat. I was used to walking outside and dealing with severe humidity. My family always had the AC system pumping at full power. Spring time just meant less AC and so did the fall. Winter was really not all that powerful. We didn’t get snow or chilly air. Nothing in the area ever froze either. Moving to Orland Park was so different mainly because it was so cold. The summer only gets to be in the mid 80s. Which is kind of nice. I was used to wearing big hats, sunblock and hiding in the shade. I actually got to enjoy the summer and all that it offered. Orland Park has Continental Park that offers a swimming pool and a playground for the kids. The area is also known as a big golfer location. I was actually able to be outside without fearing a burn. The downside was the winter though. I was used to rarely using a heating system. Come November I was on the phone with the local HVAC company begging for a more powerful heater. I had to run it until the end of April too. That was quite a change for me.