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Old 08-05-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Whata y'all talkin about? Sodi's are 50cent, you got yer BBQ, Mayberry, and come about thursday a week, we gonna have a party here in Mayberry, uh huh, ya know what I'm talkin bout?
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area
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LOL!!!!! Stand up comedy could be your secret calling tasmtairy! I'm all about a place that starts the weekend on Thursday!!!! but I'm gonna have to stop calling soda, pop or i may get some weird looks & confusion like I did when I lived in CA.
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Charlotte does not feel at all like the south. It's much like NY now with all of the transplants and incompetent career politicians. Areas around Charlotte feel like the south, but Charlotte is definitely not your typical nor stereotypical Southern city.
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Old 08-05-2007, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, home of the NY/NJ refugees
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I agree. Charlotte is not a "southern" city. For a real southern experience, it's all about Charleston. Charleston is awesome, but still has that fantastic southern feel.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:16 PM
 
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Tammy,

My husband is from SC but has been in Michigan for 10 years. He addresses most people, including my mother, "yes maam" and the like. People have told him, you don't have to call me maam, but to him its only proper. My mother is from Georgia so she loves it!

There is a southern way of life that is great. He is ready to go back home (the south). He tells everyone Michigan is not his home.

If you embrace the people and hospitality I think you will be happy. You certainly seem to be going with the right attitude. After you move, try to make it over to Pawleys Island and Charleston, SC at some point. It's beautiful, and still seems like a step back in time.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area
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That's what i've gotten from the things i've read & what i've heard about Charlotte. I am planning on moving out in the county not right in the city. I have lived in the hustle & bustle of the city sights & sounds all my life-way past ready for a change. Glad to hear that the surrounding areas still feel like the south & I will Google Charleston!!!!!
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area
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Thank you trmaoy. I was born & raised here in Michigan & it has never felt like 'home' to me. It just doesn't fit my personality or spirit.
I hope that you & your husband will be able to go back home soon.
I appreciate your sweet words of support & after all the postings here, any doubts I was having about adapting to such a different culture have been calmed.
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:26 PM
 
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I was quite shocked the first time I drove through Charlotte. But after thinking about for a little while you have this trail mix of NJ/NY/FL/CA and so on, throw in your true locals and you have madness. We drive like idiots in NJ but there seems to be a system to our insanity. Its a free-for-all in Charlotte.

The sweet tea is good, just watch you dont become diabetic. Also, if your driving and you run over a nail, your gonna git a flat tar.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Area
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lovesmountains,

I'm glad you did respond to that! However, I wouldn't think that so many people from out of state would be moving there if the atmosphere were that unfriendly towards them! When I visited that area in April, as I've said in previous posts, I felt that the people there are warm, friendly & hospitable & I have a very strong Michigan accent & Michigan plates!!!!
However, isolated incidences of stupidity can be encountered anywhere. The key word there being 'isolated'.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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Let's see...

Only things I've encountered down here is that traffic can be a mess!!! Just keep in mind when the rush hour traffic is and you'll be fine. There are BOATLOADS of trucks on I-85. Sometimes they never let me in when I'm merging on the highway. Bugs the crap out of me.

Other than that, people are friendly, gracious and hospitable. But as always, go with "treat others and you would like to be treated"...and you'll be good!

Lots of barbecue everywhere, sweet tea, and the vegetable stand are hoppin' with some great produce! Get used to the thick NC 'drawl...it's wonderful!

It's good to be back here, as I lived in Phoenix for a while.
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