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Old 07-30-2013, 10:49 AM
 
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I have to say I have read many many posts here about Delaware. Most have been very informative and certainly opinionated as it should be. Thank you all as we are in the process of making the 'big move' to another state in the next chapter of our lives and the posts have added much to our knowledge. All in all it's been a good run but our state (NY) has no time for retirees. We're in a different ball game now so perhaps the "Small Wonder" state beckons! One of the things which intrigues us gets down to the 'people' level. In my travels here in the US and abroad, I've always thought 'people make the place'. We're just curious as to what we should take into account when meeting a 'Delawarean' and what could we expect when they look at us (non-natives) today? Posters have noted Delaware (and perhaps Delawareans??) have changed. Has it? Well, hopefully it's for the good! And just to offer my hand, I say to my possibly future good neighbors that I would certainly put your garbage can back in your bin while you were away instead of leaving it to get hit by cars plowing through the road as well as making sure that I trim that tree limb that could eventually crash through your bedroom......Thanks for your time!
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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What can you expect? A smile, of course!
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Old 07-30-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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I'm from Southern Maryland (Prince George's County) and the few things that come to mind when the name 'Delaware' is evoked, I think about...Dover, Wilmington, DSU (My Bestie is a senior there), your beaches including Rehoboth Beach (Haven't been yet), the first state to gain statehood, it is made up of three counties, the Delaware House on I-95, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge

Can't recall ever interacting with Delawareans before though.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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Most people I come into contact with in Delaware seem genuinely friendly.
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:43 PM
 
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I know a man who sold his house in Annapolis and bought in Delaware off of 404 and is happy as a clam. Said he will die there never to return to Maryland.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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This is a good start! We'll be figuring to go and look at Delaware through our 'eyes and 'ears and taking in the sunrises and sunsets. From what I've read about it, it's a fine state. My one pet peeve and I believe it has been noted by some is that the state has been marketed (from what I can see) as a retirement haven. That's great for one population. Question is is Delaware playing the odds with its future if it only appeals to one segment primarily? Or indeed perhaps I've got it wrong focusing simply on this whole retirement aspect? I'd think for any area to work you've got to have more than one 'straw that stirs the drink!' But again I'm far away yet and no doubt we've got to go and meet all those who now make the state their home. Looking forward to it!
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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I can answer all of that.....but.....I must use tact!
You have it absolutely right!
I was born and raised here. I'm not a senior citizen. I'm 73 years old, active, a small business owner, work 60 hrs/week or more, live in a small town, enjoy people of all ages, from all walks of life, and my husband and I are free birds. We don't do "group" anything. I will never live in a retirement or senior community unless I'm hog-tied.......So much for T-A-C-T. Most retirees from out-of-state love Delaware's retirement communities, and I don't know of any natives/locals who've purchased in any of them. They are attractive to people from elsewhere for a few reasons, one being the built in camaraderie, planned activities, lawn and exterior home maintenance, and the comfort factor, I think, knowing they are living with other senior, out-of-staters. And of course, Delaware taxes are cheap, cheap, cheap. Delaware has done a great job attracting retirees. I think it's a mistake. IMO, I think Delaware should be trying to attract young, vibrant, smart people.....families. I could write a book (and actually it's been in process for some time now). I'll stop there, but you're right on it.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Newark, DE
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I've lived in Atlanta, northern Virginia, and Baltimore, and the people in Delaware have been the nicest of all.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Long Neck,De
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Quick question. You are crossing the parking lot from your car to the supermarket. Some one comes out of store pushing their full cart past you. They smile and say "good morning". What would you do/say?
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:57 AM
 
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"Good morning, how are you?"
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