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Old 03-21-2009, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Just got one of those "how the heck do I answer?" questions from someone who contacted me from a tourism article I wrote about Beaufort.

How would you have answered this one:

A couple was interested in retiring from Las Vegas to coastal NC...they wanted to know if they would adjust and would they be intellectually stimulated enough in Wilmington or Beaufort??

Now I don't know about you, but those questions were a puzzler to me. I cannot think of two more disparate areas than Las Vegas and Beaufort...and how can one predict how someone else will adjust or not adjust?

Maybe this can be my next career--relocation analyst...come lie on LittleDolphin's couch and she'll administer the personality/relocation/ adjustment indicator quiz...

I answered to the best of my ability but with the caveat "your mileage may vary." As they stated they were seeking community I did relay how welcoming and friendly our area is and how easy it is to get connected, especially if you volunteer for one or two of the many organizations needing help...

Also recommended a visit to both Wilmington and Beaufort and spending some time hanging out and meeting people at both locations...that's really the only way to try a community on for size..data helps, but each place either feels magical and comfortable--or not...it was that way for us and the Crystal Coast and we chose it over Savannah, Charleston, Beaufort SC, and Wilmington and New Bern, though we liked those towns well enough, too.

Who can explain how one place especially calls to your heart and another not as much??

How do YOU answer these questions...??
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Old 03-21-2009, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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LittleDolphin,
Your recommendation to, "visit to both Wilmington and Beaufort and spending some time hanging out and meeting people" is the best recommendation you can give. All you or I can do is describe, convey personel experiences and possibly opinions. Basically just present the facts and let them sort thru it all. We can't know what someone else thinks or feels about a subject or how they will react to it.

Like Sargeant Joe Friday said, "Just the facts Ma'am". Personally-I get very upset with those that embellish. It does no one any good.

Bill
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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These are questions that one person really can't answer for another.

CAN they adjust? Well if an inmate can adjust to being incarcerated, then yes, they CAN adjust to the changes they are going to voluntarily face.

I can provide intellectual stimulation for myself no matter where I go, and so can they. It's just a matter of how self reliant and determined they are.

The suggestion to visit is a very good one. I've heard it said that you need to be in a place for more than three weeks to get a real sense of what the place is like. For any shorter period you may be in the halo of the "honeymoon period."
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Morehead City, NC
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One other little note. Well, observation really.
Folks not familiar with the NC coast tend to think of it as all the same. It is sometimes difficult to communicate (sucessfully) the subtle to severe differences between the southern, central and northern coastal regions. Heck-Sometimes the radical differences occur all in one county!!
Bill
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