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Old 04-14-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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I currently live in a town in MA where it is very easy to meet new people and make friends. It is a kid-centric town and mom's make new friends in a flash. Our family is moving down this summer and I wanted to see if anyone here has an opinion on how open people are down in Charlotte to making new friends.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:14 AM
 
Location: SC
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I currently live in a town in MA where it is very easy to meet new people and make friends. It is a kid-centric town and mom's make new friends in a flash. Our family is moving down this summer and I wanted to see if anyone here has an opinion on how open people are down in Charlotte to making new friends.
Hard, but it depends on your age and where/how you live. In my case I'm in my early 50's and moved 2 years ago. I live in an apartment complex. Not much chance to meet people, other than my co-workers, and a few people up at the pool in the summer. I do however have a large extended family in Charlotte and Concord, who are people who were born and raised here. But other than that, it's been difficult. Most people I meet are 20 or so years younger than me, and common interests are hard to find.
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:17 AM
 
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If you're moving in to a newer development, I'd say your chances of making new friends easily is very good. Most of the newer developments that I've been to seem to be filled with a lot of "transplants," so they're people in a similar situation as you. Picking up from their home, moving to a new city without knowing many or any people, etc. It seems to be a pretty friendly town in general, so you probably wouldn't have a problem anywhere you moved. But the newer developments are a safe bet :-)
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Wantagh to Waxhaw
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I have to agree with "Steve Largent", anywhere is good, but a community is best!
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:27 AM
 
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I have to agree with "Steve Largent", anywhere is good, but a community is best!
Good job
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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You'll find lots of other transplants all around you who are in the same boat and are eager to make friends. I haven't had a stitch of trouble finding folks to be friendly with. It depends on your personality, too. If you're outgoing, friendly, and can put yourself out there--you'll have little trouble.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:58 AM
 
Location: NoVa
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I currently live in a town in MA where it is very easy to meet new people and make friends. It is a kid-centric town and mom's make new friends in a flash. Our family is moving down this summer and I wanted to see if anyone here has an opinion on how open people are down in Charlotte to making new friends.
I hope its gonna be easy, actually, I am keeping a positive mind set that it will be easy. Where we live here in Virginia its not that easy, basically the people you work with, your next door neighbor and thats about it. Granted we dont have little kids anymore, they are 11 and 13, so no more play dates...
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Old 04-14-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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if you join www.charlottemommies.com you'll make more friends than you could imagine
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:23 PM
 
Location: in a house
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Just don't say how good it was were you were and how backwards we are here - can be really irritating to people. That aside, you need to be a friend to have friends. Get involved in your neighborhood, volunteer at the school (even high school - ) your kids go to, take a class or two for credit (in-state tuition after 1 year) or fun (inexpensive - fee only). Cut your grass occasionally and don't put a couch or old rusty cars without wheels on the front lawn. (I have seen big tractor tires painted white with annuals planted inside. I put mine in my back yard so as not to upset the neighbors - they never did get over the flamingos....)
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:56 PM
 
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OK, I just gotta comment about the flamingos! Where I used to live, there was this two-lane road that lead from my neighborhood to the highway. On one corner, at a four-way stop, a gentleman used to put out his pink flamingos, but he'd dress them and pose them for the occasion! For instance, on Easter, he put out a bunch of Easter eggs with Flamingos in Easter hats. Or he'd have them singing carols at Christmas, lined up with their hymnals. One summer he had the flamingos up on the porch, with fishing poles, sunglasses and funny hats, pulling a shark out of the water (inflatable shark and baby pool)! It was hilarious, and it was amazing how many costumes and props he had, and how often he'd change the scene. Well, unfortunately it wasn't to last since the some jerks started stealing the flamingos after they printed a story about them in the local newspaper.

So tacky they may be, but they were a source of entertainment for us commuters, and I'm sure the guy had many friends in the neighborhood. Guess they wouldn't work in a HOA community though!
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