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Old 09-10-2019, 03:10 PM
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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Originally Posted by Serious Conversation View Post
IMO, Tennessee has a lot of superficial friendliness. You'll get the "ya'll come back" type of thing, but in reality, most people are just too busy with their own lives to care.
You should move to Maine.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:22 PM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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In SWFL, finding a doctor taking new patients was a challenge, I had to find one in season and it took three months for an appointment. It was not an emergency situation though. During the lull of summer is a better time to find or switch doctors, dentists etc. There are too many people needing services in season.

Restaurants are crowded in tourist/snowbird season. We go out more in summer, and deal with it as needed in season.

The biggest difference I noticed moving here, was the doctorís offices and grocery stores. Instead of cashiers talking over customers heads to each other or giving no eye contact, Publix employees are pleasant and customer oriented. Thatís management more than the region though. Iíve found Walmart is the same anywhere. The people working in doctorís office are pleasant and actually smile. Something I was not accustomed to before and I worked in the medical field.

Weíve put in a swimming pool, new roof, air conditioning and had a service call on our dryer. We read reviews and got personal references and weíve been happy with the companies weíve chosen. We had a lawn service flake on us when we were snowbirds, but no direct oversight made that easy. Toyota dealerships are the same anywhere also: padding the bill with unnecessary replacements or services needs to be watched.

In general, service people are friendlier here and if itís fake, I donít care. Iíll take that over indifference, rudeness and just not giving a damn, any day.
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Old 09-10-2019, 03:32 PM
Location: Loudon, TN
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Originally Posted by jrkliny View Post
You must be talking about a rural area. I have been through Tennessee several times with short stops in Memphis and Nashville. I did not notice the inhabitants were particularly friendly or talkative. They do have peculiar accents and expressions.

I did live in Arkansas many years ago. Yup, store clerks were very friendly, y'all come back now. It was all phony pretense. They did not care a bit for Yankees and non-Baptists.
I think your contempt for the people was probably showing on your face, so people are not likely to strike up a convo with someone who quite visibly "doesn't go to stores or the post office expecting some sort of social interactions and conversation".
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Old 09-10-2019, 04:36 PM
Location: SoCal
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Originally Posted by slyfox2 View Post
What is rich people’s insurance. I have medicare and a supplemental. Is that rich?
No, it’s I whine if I want to and it has nothing to do with reality.
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Old 09-10-2019, 05:39 PM
Location: Colorado
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Yes, so far, so good...doctors, dentist, both hospitals, vet.... all good.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:07 AM
Location: Tennessee
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Originally Posted by slyfox2 View Post
You should move to Maine.
I went there for a weeklong vacation earlier in the summer. Great place. I was surprised at how slow everyone is. It was a lot like here with vastly different accents.
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Old 09-11-2019, 12:37 PM
Location: Central NY
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The maid never seems to find my apartment. If she does, she'll watch TV till it's too late to start anything.

Hope you all know I'm joking here.
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Old 09-12-2019, 04:06 PM
Location: SW Florida
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Small town in SW Florida here.

I've been very happy with the PCP I see here, as well as the specialists to whom I've been referred. The hospitals in the area are so-so but getting better, and I've found medical personnel everywhere I've been to be responsive and caring. The problem with our local healthcare system is that it's being overwhelmed by exponential increases in the population from northern transplants who move here to escape the cold winters, high taxes, and whatever else, as well as snowbirds who inundate not just the medical facilities but all the local amenities and infrastructure every season. The providers do their best to accomodate everyone but sometimes it seems like a losing battle.

The dentist we go to is great, he's personable, does a great job and is as considerable as can be with our wallets.

We've found local car mechanics that are knowledgeable, accomodating, honest and also do a good job keeping our cars in shape. I can also say the same about the tradesmen we've used, ie, plumbers, electricians, lawn/landscapers.

Check out clerks in grocery stores and other stores we go to around here are also friendly and helpful, though sometimes that can be a tall order after one's been berated or chewed out by a snowbird because the accomodations in "Floriduhhhhh" aren't what they say they are used to. I've found servers, managers in restaurants are helpful, acomodating and friendly, though we tend to avoid restaurants in the winter due to long waits, crowded conditions from you know who.
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Old 09-12-2019, 06:56 PM
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I view "services" as a much longer list of items:

Town water - Water quality is good

Town sewer - The treatment plant is effective. Buzzards Bay isn't polluted.

City gas - The gas company inspects every three years

Electric - It's high enough population density that outages are repaired quickly when they happen

Cable - Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 plant so excellent broadband. Not in the Verizon FIOS footprint so no competition

LTE cellular - Verizon is good. The other carriers are spotty.

Streets/sidewalks - The town installed a lot of sidewalks. The causeway for the bridge across the harbor was just reconstructed. The harbor village just got fancy curbs & sidewalks. The bridge is getting replace with state money in a few years. The main streets all have recent pavement. My street is in rough shape.

Transportation - I'm walkable to a metro bus stop. Commuter rail to Boston is coming in four years. In theory, I'll be able to get to Boston easily without needing a car. By Northeast Corridor standards, the traffic isn't bad. It's a bit busy crossing the main state highway during commuter hours.

The harbormaster lives two doors down from me. I have harbor-oriented services most places don't have. Paved town landings with ramps and floats. Marine center with showers and a dinghy float. Private launch service. 4 miles away, there's the fast ferry to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket and a ferry to Cuttyhunk.

I don't use the town beaches. My private beach is a mile away. Parking. Bath houses. A pier. A couple of rafts. It's rarely very crowded.

I don't need it but the Senior Center with nurses, social workers, elderly daycare, weekly transportation to the Boston hospitals, and all the rest is a mile away. For the elderly aging in place, it's a very useful resource.

My dad was an oral surgeon with a home office. When he was semi-retired, he rented his space to a couple brothers who were dentists. They're now in professional office space a mile from my house. They do whatever is needed using my dental insurance and never charge me even if I'm not carrying insurance as a professional courtesy. I'm only dental hygienist with occasional X Rays so it's not a big deal either way. They've done one restoration on a cracked molar in the last decade. I've never needed the root canal, crown, bridge, and implant stuff.

At the moment, my primary care guy is across the street from my girlfriend's place. I got my age 60 colonoscopy near there. I've used the local big for-profit medical complex over the last decade. It's adequate but if I had anything serious, I'd head to Mass General.

My car is still under warranty. I've been flipping between two dealers close to my summer place and a dealer close to my girlfriend's place. I used to have an indie mechanic here to look after my winter beater SUV ski car. When my car goes off warranty, I'll likely start using him again.

Service kind of depends on the business and the customers they serve. The businesses that serve the summer crowd and affluent professionals tend to have impeccable service. In this socioeconomically mixed place, it's more hit or miss elsewhere. Everyone is generally friendly and willing to help but the level of competence can be spotty.
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Old 09-12-2019, 07:30 PM
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Originally Posted by Gemini1963 View Post
I'm curious to hear from people who are happy with the services in their city / town / area (and if you don't mind sharing where that is, at least generally). I'm thinking especially of the nuts and bolts of daily life:

primary care physician
car mechanics
veterinarian(s) and other pet services (daycare / boarding)
attitude or demeanor of staff in all sort of stores (grocery stores, post offices, dry cleaners, pharmacies)

In our area, neighbors and even strangers on the street are generally friendly. But we're noticing more and more that many service providers ... just aren't. And in the medical / dental arena especially, it seems like responsiveness and even competence in scheduling and billing is getting worse and worse, to the point where it has become really awful.

So, we're curious whether there are areas of the country where people are still treating customers and clients well and efficiently. Or are we all just experiencing a phase when there is too much stress, and the pace is too fast, to provide decent, courteous service?
In eastern CA all on your list are good to great. Medical/dental same day or next day service. Our mechanic will squeeze us in if we have a car issue. Walmart sucks, but thats to be expected
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