wow Michael you really make it sound bad, like I said it is not the greatest but not THAT
the humidity can sometimes be bad, but nothing like DC, I even have a lot of friends that have new houses without ac
mosquitoes come out primarily after dark and with daylight savings that is close to 10:00 PM in July & August.
The Great Lakes can be rough but we have seen lots of flat and mildly rough waters as well. The best part of the GL is they are HUGE, clean and not much floating debris like in so many of the rivers and lakes in the south. Plus fresh water makes for much nicer boating. Between Lake St Clair, Lake Erie, Lake MI, and Lake Huron there are 100's of harbor towns with marinas, resturants and parks. Most will say this area is one of the most fun places to boat (of course when the weather is good) because of all the places to visit. In Souteast MI you can easily trailer to all the differnt lakes, which is what we do. It will be years until we hit all the places we want to visit by boat.
I spent a few years living in So Cal. and I can remember being at the beach thinking I must have swallowed a bunch of water until I realized it was the smog and it was making breathing hard. I also remember the Santa Anna winds and the GRID lock on just about every expressway, and of course housing costs anywhere close to the coast is out of site for most . Anyway most places have good and bad, I even think some aspecs of FL living is weird. A lot of my Fl friends have their whole backyard screened in because of the bugs and spend the majority of the summer months indoors.
I often wonder if I won the lottery where I would want to live, so far I can't come up with one place that would offer everything.