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Old 08-06-2011, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Fiddliferous:
You are so uplifting - Thank you for not portraying Erwin and Unicoi County folks like they are less than who they are - just regular folks - Sure, some have their quirks - but mostly like you said, they have a great sense of humor. As for NFS - there's alot of people living in big houses, driving ecpensive cars living in Johnson City who work at NFS - so go figure - it can't be all that bad. Have a great day!!
Remember Jesus loves you.
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:20 PM
 
Location: TN
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Fiddliferous:
You are so uplifting - Thank you for not portraying Erwin and Unicoi County folks like they are less than who they are - just regular folks - Sure, some have their quirks - but mostly like you said, they have a great sense of humor. As for NFS - there's alot of people living in big houses, driving ecpensive cars living in Johnson City who work at NFS - so go figure - it can't be all that bad. Have a great day!!
Remember Jesus loves you.

Where we've moved (way into the actual Cherokee Mountains) there's poor satellite reception and the other day a couple of technicians came and spent a whole lot of time making sure that we'd be able to have TV service. They really stretched out to find the 215/40 azimuth needed to lock into 3 satellites. It required exploring all over the property but they would not give up. As a result, their hard work will give us our much desired television service way back in the hills.
Just another in a long line of examples of the spirit of cooperation we've grown so accustomed to here in Sunny southeastern TN.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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I haven't checked in on this thread lately but just caught up. Fiddliferous, you sound like you blend right in and have made a very positive contribution on the locale. I like your outlook on life in general.

And Jesus loves us all, equally. He has no favorites, thank you Lord :-)

Hi June :-)
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:33 AM
 
Location: TN
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It would be very difficult to have anything but a cheerful outlook when everywhere I go I meet with smiling faces and cheerful "How Do's".

Yesterday I played music in Erwin at the Rock Creek Opry Place and everyone in the place was very friendly and many came up to me to personally introduce themselves and to learn more about me.

I'm very excited about living here. The people are great and the area is absolutely beautiful!
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:31 AM
 
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It would be very difficult to have anything but a cheerful outlook when everywhere I go I meet with smiling faces and cheerful "How Do's".

Yesterday I played music in Erwin at the Rock Creek Opry Place and everyone in the place was very friendly and many came up to me to personally introduce themselves and to learn more about me.

I'm very excited about living here. The people are great and the area is absolutely beautiful!
Man, I need to make this move happen! I love music, beautiful scenery, and friendly people.
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Eastern TN reminds me a lot of Upstate NY. Particularly the Finger Lakes region where I am from. That is one of the major reasons my wife and I are planning to retire to the Tri-Cities area in two years when I retire from the University of Illinois. We moved to IL from Blacksburg, VA where our daughters and us were extremely well received. When we moved to east central Illinois, we moved in to rural town only 14 miles from Champaign-Urbana where the Big Ten university is located. The small town local residents resented folks from the university for a variety of reasons. So, the same type of acceptance/non-acceptance occurs throughout the US. Though it had an adverse effect on my daughter, my wife an I accepted it and to this day, joke about it. Glad to hear you are well received.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: TN
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My experience with "upstate" NY is from really upstate in the true sense, meaning approximately 60 miles from the Canada border. I lived in the actual "heart" of the Adirondacks in the Keene, Jay and Wilmington areas...right in the midst of the highest peaks, including Mt. Marcy at 5344 above sea level. (I climbed it several times when I was much younger).

The "natives" of this NY area are typically down-to-earth hard-working men and women who keep to themselves and try not to meddle in other's affairs. But, there is an influence on the general population that has taken it's toll over the years, namely "city" folks who probably mean well, but they've come from places that have seen over-development, urban sprawl and the like...and move in to town and immediately run for office and try to change and legislate the little communities into their way of thinking. All the time warning locals of what's impending and that "outsiders-turned- locals" know what's best for them.

Many have lots of money and consequently, power, control and political influence and lots of time on their hands. They're very effective in promoting their own, often selfish, agendas.

Now, down here in sunny TN, I keep my nose out of what's going on here. I came here to a beautiful place kept that way by Tennessee stewards of their land who've obviously done just fine without my "insight". This place is beautiful!

The people here have welcomed me. I'm sure if I started wanting to shape and twist this place into some distortion that I might have been accustomed to back up north, they would likely display different affections, and rightly so.

They don't have to worry about me. I'm here to learn about and fit in with their culture; to mesh, not mess.
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Old 09-03-2011, 06:27 PM
 
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Not sure if you are still looking for replies but I'll give you my input. I'm over 50 and I grew up in Kingsport, TN and moved away for over 20 years to return to Erwin, TN. I've lived in Pasadena, CA, Huntsville, AL and Durham, NC and Erwin, TN. The people are exceedingly friendly and if you are not black then you shouldn't encounter any problems. If you attend church then you'll make friends and be embraced fairly quickly. You'll love living there. I'm not sure it is diverse enough to be perfect for raising children but it is a fantastic place to retire.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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billyann,
Comments like yours are always welcome and I'm glad you are in Erwin and feel comfortable. I have told Polizzio, to come visit especially in October when the Apple Festival and the Storytelling Festivals are happening and see the area and meet the people. You are a shining example that living in Northeast Tennessee is terrific.
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:34 PM
 
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Thx for your input billyann. Just checking in on the thread, planning a trip to visit Erwin in the spring or sooner.
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