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Old 12-14-2007, 08:10 AM
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I had posted some observations on my trip to Kentucky last month and had intended to post the rest. However, I was so overwhelmed by everything involved in making such a big change that I decided to take a month off from my search and regroup. Well, I've regrouped so I'd like to share some of the acts of kindness shown to me while I was in Kentucky. I realize some of these things probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't made the first step in communicating with people.

I landed in Louisville, picked up my rental car and headed east. A light came on in the car warning that the tires were low on air. I took an exit by Shelbyville and stopped at a gas station. I went inside and bought a tire guage which I'd never seen before, let alone used. I'm standing outside reading the directions when a man asked me if I needed help. He told me to pull over to the air machine, checked all my tires, filled them and even paid for the air.

I continued my drive and checked into the hotel in Danville where I stayed for the duration of my trip. I needed my diet coke fix so went down the street to Kroger's. I'm standing in line and chatting with the lady behind me regarding some kind of meat she was purchasing. I think it was called a Boston butt roast and she was telling me the best ways to cook it. I got up to the check out to pay for my coke and the clerk asked if I had a Krogers card and I said no. She asked the lady behind me if I could use her card, she said yes and I got the lower price. I thought that was really nice.

Later that night, I was driving and saw a bingo hall. Well, I hadn't played bingo in years and thought it might be fun. The proceeds that night was going to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I asked the people selling the tickets what I needed as I didn't have a clue. They got me all set up with the necessary cards and I sat down at the table near three women. They took me under their wing, marked my cards so I'd know what I was looking for and kept an eye on them to make sure I didn't miss anything. They gave me the names of some CPA firms in town and also the name of the human resource person at the hospital for job possibilities. One of the ladies invited me for Thanksgiving dinner next year as I'll be alone. I wanted something to drink so I went up to the front to ask where I could buy a soda. The gentleman pointed it out to me, said to take one out of the cooler and put my money in the jar. Now that rarely happens anywhere!

I have many more stories which I'll write about in another post.

For people who may be considering moving to Kentucky, all these events did happen and it demonstrates the kindness shown to me by some people in this state. One thing I think is very important for future residents to remember is that you may have to make the first overture.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:20 AM
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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Great post Gb lady..I also find the people in Ky to be very friendly..Lots of times you have to make the first move, because that person may be having a bad day,and your show of friendliness may be just what that person needed to make his day a little better..
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:33 AM
Location: Reston, VA
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Thanks for sharing your encounters - heart warming!
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:38 AM
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Great post. Also, kudos to you for having the guts to step out of your comfort zone, travel to a new place alone and meet new people.
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