A new report shows that Florida is the second most miserable state, just ahead of bottom-of-the-barrel Oregon. Excuse me? Our chosen peninsula of golden sunshine, sparkling beaches and Mickey Mouse is a hell hole?
Apparently so, according to the survey by MainStreet.com, which took into consideration such bummer factors as household debt, unemployment and home foreclosures. OK, I guess if you're looking at that kind of stuff, it's entirely possible that Florida sucks.
The happiest states? Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. I can hear my wife now, mustering up support for Siberia-cold, farm-friendly Iowa, her native land. Hey, I've got nothing against Iowa. I've traveled there and would very much like to return. But I know my better half is sensible and realizes that fun-loving Florida, despite its distressed economic condition, is indeed the happiest place on earth for our family, with or without that big-eared mouse.