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Old 02-23-2022, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Riley. View Post
Interesting about friendships. We moved to VT almost 20 yrs ago and can literally count our friends on one hand. Very difficult to find a group to fit in with, and you nailed it. Most people have pre-existing friendships (here it seems to be people with kids who are friends with other people with kids) and school connections - things we don't have. I felt like maybe we weren't interesting enough to be fit in. LOL. We know some of our immediate neighbors, but we have never visited each others' homes nor do we ever socialize. Everyone here lives a quiet, secluded life and have their own friends. So, we have become accustomed to flying solo.
I really appreciate your perspective - thanks for sharing it.
This occurs in the major cities as well. We live in the PHX metro area and believe it or not it can be rather difficult to "fit in" here. People hardly ever talk to their neighbors. Much less know their names. People pull into their garages as the door is coming down. It's crazy.
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Old 02-23-2022, 03:31 PM
Location: Memphis
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Originally Posted by Serious Conversation View Post
This is a small town/rural problem. I doubt that people here are any more, or less, friendly, long-term, than rural VT. Similar values. While people are polite to your face, it's just hard to make deeper level connections because those social circles are mostly full.
I agree with everything SC has said in here. And while it is a small town/rural problem in general, Greeneville is probably harder than some others due to lack of transplants. I love Greeneville, but if you are moving from somewhere else because you think your current place is unfriendly, well, Greeneville is not going to be much different. Again, move there to enjoy the mountains, scenery and outdoor opportunities, but I wouldn't move there chasing a friendlier place because Greeneville isn't it. I could recommend a lot more places in TN or the Deep South if you want that.

And yes, Greeneville also has much more of a working class blue collar vibe than say, Jonesborough. That's the nature of the job market and the professionals (or lack thereof) they attract.
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