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Old 01-26-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Sorry...I'm a huge fan of Diet Mountain Dew and we do not call it Coke. We call it Diet Dew!

Vicki
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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You all have been so great with sharing all your stories. I got quite a few laughs and even more smiles. I know there will be some adjustments for us. But most things that are mentioned that are frowned upon when someone moves into the area we don't do. We were not raised in NJ just live here for work. We were transplants here too. But we do use the horn. That I will have to work on. We're not bad but when someone makes a mistake that almost kills us, the horn used. What I find funny in the area I live in is when you tap your horn to alert someone to get over or let them know the light turned green 30 seconds ago they BLARE the horn RIGHT BACK and GIVE THE FINGER like an argument! Man, still to this day that just gets under my skin. I just never understood why someone would do that.

I had no idea about the pine pollen! Great tip! Really great tip! And the meetup tip is great as well. All I do know is the more and more I research the Triangle the more and more in love I am and more irritated I get with where I live. HAHA!!! And compared to where I live here the area has WAY more to do, see and have fun with. I really don't know why anyone would have a smug attitude coming down, I really don't. At least not where I am living. I am ready for some NC!!!! I swear where we leave there will be skid marks where our car was. That's how badly I cannot wait to get to you all!!
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:26 AM
 
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Sorry...I'm a huge fan of Diet Mountain Dew and we do not call it Coke. We call it Diet Dew!

Vicki
I still can't get used to being in a business meeting and being offered a Diet Mountain Dew.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I don't use the horn anymore.

A few short years ago, I beeped briefly to alert a woman I was in the lane when she abruptly switched lanes. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting her. She had a minivan full of about six kids of varying ages -- all unbelted.

At the extremely busy intersection, at the red light, she got out of her car and stood in front of my car and screamed like the crazy woman she was. She screamed that she thought my turn signal indicated I was turning into a gas station rather than turning left at the light, like she was, and I had no right to beep her. She was unhinged.

You'll find that some natives don't use turn signals, so I guess it confused her, I don't know.

So when you get here, be nice, even if it's not warranted. You never know what nutcase you'll encounter.

Also:
Southerners "mash" the elevator button and "put out" the light.
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Old 01-26-2010, 08:54 AM
 
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Francois, great map. I’m curious about the “island” of soda in the center of the country.


+1 on the lack of turn signal use.

Also watch out for the Anti-Mergers… people who won’t move over when you merge from the on-ramp of a multi-lane road. The Anti-Mergers especially active during lane closures or where a road is squeezed down from multi-lane to one lane. Drivers will immediately stack up in a tight line in the through-lane and not let anyone else in.



Recently I have seen signs when approaching interstate construction zones that read "Maintain two-lanes to the point of merge."
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:26 AM
 
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Sorry...I'm a huge fan of Diet Mountain Dew and we do not call it Coke. We call it Diet Dew!

Vicki
Don't get me wrong, I'll call it what it is but when I'm offering to my guests or friends, I'll say, "Do y'all want a Coke? We have Sprite, Diet Coke, Cheerwine, etc etc etc" I just meant we call all soft drinks "Cokes" when we bunch them together.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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According to the map, only 30 to 50 percent call it "Coke."

So maybe the rest of the county calls it "pop" like most of the United States does.

And like I do.
You most definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, need to remove your "Ich bin ein Southerner" tag if you call soft drinks "pop"!!!!

And yes, NC seems to be among the more "diverse" states according to the map due to transplants, but those who speak NC dialect usually say "coke" (or "soda" if they are African-American). I still write "cokes" on my grocery list, even though all I buy is Diet 7Up

I've heard that some areas of NC used to call Coke "dope", back when it contained cocaine. Anybody old enough to remember that? Also, I've heard that some parts of New England call a soft drink "a tonic"? (I was a Lingustics major, so regional speech is a hobby of mine; obviously living in a heavy-transplant area like the Triangle is fertile ground for this hobby!).

As for the horn--I am NC born n bred, but I DO use the horn when someone is an idiot (like merging into another car) or if they are clearly "asleep at the wheel" 5+ seconds after the light turns green (or more likely, yakking on the cell phone). But I don't "lay on the horn for 10 seconds" if someone doesn't go, one millisecond after the light turns green (caveat: Raleigh has a few stoplights that are freakishly short, as in, the light literally "flashes" green and MAYBE two cars can get through. I will HONK on those because it could literally mean nobody gets to go, but that is the fault of traffic engineers.) I also am very OCD about using turn signals, but apparently the lack thereof is in fact attributable to coming from the South--I've heard it claimed that it's because people who grew up out in rural areas never used turn signals because there was never any other traffic when they were riding around on dirt roads on the farm, etc...but that doesn't explain why people who aren't from rural areas don't do it!

Bottom line--just be aware that, coming from NJ, you will be presumed to be rude and loud, until people know you. Prove the people who think that wrong by being even nicer than they are! Sound like you will have no trouble (usually the ones who arae self-aware to ask about fitting in are the last ones who would have to worry about it in the first place).

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Old 01-26-2010, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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my mother drank Coke when it can cocaine in it. she remembers her father enjoying it alot too. I've heard that it is an old wives tale about dope in Coke but some old timers will swear they remember it well.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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Re "Ich bin ein Southerner" -- I am as Southern as John F. Kennedy was a Berliner from Germany. See: Ich bin ein Berliner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I think it fits me perfectly. I was born in the South. Married to a Southerner. Had Southern godparents. Lived a total of 20 years in the South.

Ich bin ein Southerner.

My speech is western-new-york-Rochesterian with a bit of a Southern slang. Fortunately, I don't drink pop/soda/Coke.


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You most definitely, beyond the shadow of a doubt, need to remove your "Ich bin ein Southerner" tag if you call soft drinks "pop"!!!!

And yes, NC seems to be among the more "diverse" states according to the map due to transplants, but those who speak NC dialect usually say "coke" (or "soda" if they are African-American). I still write "cokes" on my grocery list, even though all I buy is Diet 7Up

I've heard that some areas of NC used to call Coke "dope", back when it contained cocaine. Anybody old enough to remember that? Also, I've heard that some parts of New England call a soft drink "a tonic"? (I was a Lingustics major, so regional speech is a hobby of mine; obviously living in a heavy-transplant area like the Triangle is fertile ground for this hobby!).

As for the horn--I am NC born n bred, but I DO use the horn when someone is an idiot (like merging into another car) or if they are clearly "asleep at the wheel" 5+ seconds after the light turns green (or more likely, yakking on the cell phone). But I don't "lay on the horn for 10 seconds" if someone doesn't go, one millisecond after the light turns green (caveat: Raleigh has a few stoplights that are freakishly short, as in, the light literally "flashes" green and MAYBE two cars can get through. I will HONK on those because it could literally mean nobody gets to go, but that is the fault of traffic engineers.) I also am very OCD about using turn signals, but apparently the lack thereof is in fact attributable to coming from the South--I've heard it claimed that it's because people who grew up out in rural areas never used turn signals because there was never any other traffic when they were riding around on dirt roads on the farm, etc...but that doesn't explain why people who aren't from rural areas don't do it!

Bottom line--just be aware that, coming from NJ, you will be presumed to be rude and loud, until people know you. Prove the people who think that wrong by being even nicer than they are! Sound like you will have no trouble (usually the ones who arae self-aware to ask about fitting in are the last ones who would have to worry about it in the first place).
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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My speech is western-new-york-Rochesterian with a bit of a Southern slang.
This line alone made me register here. I have been lurking the forums for the better part of 6 months, and I nearly fell out of my chair when I read this. I could not have put it better myself, I'm the same way. Pop is pop, and will always be pop, pizza, is pizza, not a pie, and a garbage plate is something you must have before you die.

With that said, my girlfriend and I currently live in Tampa, looking to relocate to Cary/Apex/Triangle in 2-3 years. We are taking a week off in March to explore the area and jot down some neighborhoods. This will be our second home, and we really want to build. I'm not sold on the idea of community pools, HOA, etc. Is it possible to do away with this, yet have the "community feel" up there? Currently we are paying close to 1000 a year in HOA fees and I cringe everytime I see the budget ($10,000 on holiday decorations....they put lights on the gate and add maybe 10 lighted reindeer in the park).
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