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Old 03-09-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Hey all,
I am wondering if you all could share some inside facts/things about living in NC. Whether it be things you have learned about certain geographic areas, stereotypes associated with the area, info on the food, traffic, lifestyle...anything you feel is significant.

Thanks for the info! Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

I am a long time 'lurker', first time poster
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:40 PM
 
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Isn't that what this entire forum happens to cover in one way or another?

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Hey all,
I am wondering if you all could share some inside facts/things about living in NC. Whether it be things you have learned about certain geographic areas, stereotypes associated with the area, info on the food, traffic, lifestyle...anything you feel is significant.

Thanks for the info! Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

I am a long time 'lurker', first time poster
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Old 03-09-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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my advice is to live in the city, not the burbs... but i don't have any kids though, so it's a different viewpoint than others who plan to move here.
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Old 03-09-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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Hey all,
I am wondering if you all could share some inside facts/things about living in NC. Whether it be things you have learned about certain geographic areas, stereotypes associated with the area, info on the food, traffic, lifestyle...anything you feel is significant.

Thanks for the info! Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say!

I am a long time 'lurker', first time poster
It can be many things to many people and other things to other people. What would you want in a place to live. NC is a very big state and very different depending on where you are.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:59 PM
 
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I think I was too vague in my original question...whoops!

What I meant was, what are some quirks/interesting facts/things you have learned about the culture in NC after moving there ? For instance, I am from Boston, and we have a reputation for being 'terrible drivers'. We also have a HUGE rivalry against the NY Yankees. Also, certain areas of the city are all Italian, or all Irish, for instance. Does that make sense? Just looking to hear some little known things (even if they are just stereotypes) that one may not learn until actually moving to the area.

Hope that makes more sense. Thanks again!
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:47 PM
 
Location: NC
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Interesting, there's a huge rivalry here against yankees

One that has stuck with me for yrs since I moved here from the UK, was the first time someone said, why don't you come over this wkend, we're cooking a pig. I'd never heard that and wondered if it meant I'd see it slaughtered, and would have to help prepare it. I'll do dishes, but no slaughtering

BBQ differs across the state. If you like one, you usually don't like the other.

Durham has a rich African American heritage, Black Wall Street. And, is way more ecclectic than many ppl realize. It seems less hurried than Raleigh and the drivers generally less aggressive.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest NC
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Well, here in the Triangle, there are so many people from somewhere else that it reminded me of college!
I found some of the newer parts of the area sterile- my family opted for Wake Forest because it has a history of its own as a town. That is important to me, and to many of my neighbors. However, we have neighbors who wouldn't be able to find downtown! If they can find the school, their workplace, the mall & Applebees they are good to go. That is fine, of course- it's just a matter of taste.

There are things you take for granted, and you will not know what they are until you do not have them! You really have to visit - hopefully as you explore you will find places that make you exhale and say, "Yes! I belong here!"
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:49 AM
 
Location: NC
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NYer brings up a good point, most ppl here are from somewhere else! How could I forget to mention that?! At work at Christmastime/Hanukkah ppl would ask each other if they were going home for the hols - it was always another state. They were stunned to hear that I would be in "town" as this IS home to me. Years ago it was very different, most ppl were from here and stayed here during the hols.
Agree with NYer also in that newer parts of area can be sterile - 2 story house with garage, one after another, and little to no trees.

The state running liquor stores was one thing that jumped out at me when I first came here. I was stunned that the govt would manage and sell alcohol. It's a very peculiar set up. You work at the liquor store and you work for the state! There was a time when those jobs were coveted and lots of nepotism was normal.

I used to own a couple of businesses and had to apply for a liquor license for one. It was a surreal and negative experience. I think they did a background check and made us jump thru so many hoops. They also lectured us in a very demeaning manner and told us that the A.L.E. agents would be checking on our business and looking for infractions, they seemed to delight in sharing what authority they had over us as business owners and what they'd do to us if we stepped out of line. I felt like I was in a scene from an old movie during prohibition!

We are fortunate to be located near numerous beaches. And ppl don't say going to the coast or ocean, it's the beach. Myrtle Beach, SC is popular with families, golfers - great golf! And bikers. South Carolina doesn't have a helmet law like NC so you see ppl w/o helmets, and sometimes clothes...well, wearing very little while riding on the back of a bike.

Outer Banks is a straight shot on I-64 and is a lovely place. The dunes are awesome! It's a workout walking them! We have many neat lighthouses.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Wake Forest
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Inside scoop......let me get them out before they melt away!

More sun here than where most come from, especially the NE and NW territories!
Sun glass a must here while usually only fashionable in the NE and NW territories!
Yankees - Boston rivalry transports very nicely here. In other words its a push!
Spring and Fall are both long and beautiful.
Winter remains leave-less but much drier than the NE and NW territories!
Summer is hot, sticky, humid, you pick the adjective more than the NE and NW territories!
From small town - Traffic is plentiful!
From a large town - Traffic is manageable!
Stores R stores when it comes to the big box marts no matter that territory you come from!
Specialty stores are just that special no matter what territory you come from.
Property taxes are less than the NE and NW territories and a few more inbetween!
Personal Property tax is a sticker shock for newbie's....sometimes!
No toll roads to deal coins to....at least not yet. But as time moves forward so does Rt 540 toll project!
Downtown Raleigh is nice for a State Capital City.
To remind us trans planters of winter we have the Hurricane's...in NHL Hockey that is!
The Sports fans in us quickly chooses sides in the UNC-DUKE-NC State games of the seasons!
Our average age tends to be 30 something with 1,2 to 1.6 children.
It is a bi-modal distribution with another peak in the 55 and up age group.
Mountains are a bit farther away than the beaches. Nice middle ground here.
Home prices range from the multi-million to the what I bought for $10k.
Crime well that's in the eyes of the perpetrated or lack there of.

So that is my inside scoop and I am melting to it!
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: NC
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Dansdrive - be careful saying you got your house for $10k, or we are going to have to start explaining to folks that houses are way more expensive than that here
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