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Old 01-16-2007, 12:08 PM
 
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Thank you very much, lisamm, for your thoughts on Huntsville! Very very helpful!
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:18 AM
 
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A born-and-raised northerner, I've been in Bama for a couple weeks and so far it has been fun and enjoyable. The people truly are friendly and its a nice change from CA where I lived before. There's been only a couple culture shock moments (one was finding out there is a difference between trash and garbage, one was to find out that Confederate Memorial day is a State sanctioned holiday). So its kind of like living in a foreign country, but not as expensive! Just kidding, except for the not as expensive part
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Old 01-17-2007, 12:18 PM
 
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So what is the difference between trash and garbage ? Does it go out differently?
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Old 01-17-2007, 01:13 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Garbage is household waste products, and must be bagged and placed at the curb in the city-supplied containers for automated pickup. Trash is pretty much anything else, including yard waste, appliances, large pieces of cardboard, mattresses, furniture, etc., but excludes certain defined "hazardous products" and construction materials or rocks/soil, and must be placed at the curb either loose or (preferably) in homeowner-supplied bags or containers for hand and machine pickup.

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Old 01-17-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: SC
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...and you Northerners had better make that distinction to save some backbreaking work. Yes, save backbreaking work
I, a Northerner and my sweetheart had our leaves "done" by a local guy. The lawn and yard looked great. He'd swept everything into a pile, mowed the lawn, placed the leaves by the curb and we were pleased, FOR THE MOST PART.

The Exception
We, being Northerners, and did I mention newcomers, read - "green, green, green" felt it our duty to our neighborhood to place all of the leaves into garbage bags. Of course, we decided this fifteen minutes before trash pickup (we didn't see the leaves until morning.) I figured, "This family is not going to make more work for the city's sanitation workers. Why, we're going to fit in if it kills us!" We wondered why the drivers passing by were looking at us like we were new arrivals from MARS.
Sooooo, as we were placing our leaves in bags, along came the sparkling white trash truck and the leaves were magically picked up. Viola, talk about swept away. Boy, did we feel ridiculous! Later, we encountered "Leaf Man" who told us that he thought we knew
...and now a message to the Mayor of Filthydelphia, how appropriate that your first name is John as you've sold the city like a common streetwalker. We wouldn't live in Filthy if you offered us a free house. Rant over...
There were over 400 murders in Philadelphia last year, yet people will not relocate. As long as I live I'll NEVER understand that. Never. As far as being a Northerner, I prefer to think "I was once a Northerner" by birth only.

My parents used to tease me about "being country." Of course, I would never want my parents to be wrong, bless their sweet hearts. I love to walk barefoot, play guitar and other things 'country.' It's even better when you own land and have neighbors who are willing to teach you how to plant veggies. There is a feeling of accomplishment that comes with seeing your first tomatoes and stringbeans on the table that you've grown with a little help from your new neighbors.
I've adopted my new city and state and seemingly I've been adopted which I consider a blessing.
I pay property taxes, attend parades, worship here and am a registered voter. Ah, home at last.

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Old 01-17-2007, 07:09 PM
 
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Although I never lived in Huntsville, I had the pleasure of visting there for a week over the summer. I am Maryland originally, but did not feel out of place. The people were very friendly and helpful. However, on our way home, we stayed in the small town of Scottsboro for a couple of days. Ironically people in this town were not nice at all. We expected for everyone to be nice like they were in Huntsville. Oh well...but the overall Alabama experience was great.
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Old 05-28-2007, 11:41 PM
 
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WX Harker...check out some of the threads on Fort Rucker. They will also contain info about Dothan. Feel free to PM me with specific questions. Good luck. MM
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:24 AM
 
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How do kids from up north adjust to Alabama living? Is it a culture shock?
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:23 AM
 
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YES..................but gets easier with time.
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