Cool beans. The summers here are almost as brutal on me as a NY winter, but it is beautiful (too bad the casinos couldn't have been put on the I-10 corridor to preserve the rustic beauty of the beaches). It's also a conservative paradise compared to much of the country - I even saw Blacks carrying Romney/Ryan yard signs at a recent mullet festival in Gautier.
I have lived all over the world... I came back here. That should tell you something. I wish gaming had never been allowed to come into being. In many ways, it has destroyed a way of life.