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Old 06-06-2016, 04:36 PM
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Greetings from La La Land!

I just got back from a spiritually enlightening trip to NOLA. I have been there many times as a child. This was my first trip as an adult. As the trip neared, thoughts of me moving down there crept up more and more and so I made myself very aware of what life would be like as a local, on the trip.

While I was down there, I told many locals I wanted to move and every single last one of them told me that I should! I also met a couple of people from L.A. who moved down there. They both loved it. However, they are younger, white males who worked in the service industry so I think their experiences would be a little different than mine. I would not be new to the south, as I lived in NC for 5 years during middle/high school and my father and all his family are from there.

What I loved most about NOLA was the food/prices (of course), the spirit of the city, the atmosphere, the sights and sounds and the people. Everyone says Californians are so nice but NOLA locals totally poop on us. We are fake nice and they are so genuine. Ya'll are great with small talk and listening. I am tearing up as I type this because it was just so magical. I keep looking at the pictures I took. I never felt more at home than there. Anyway, the gas and rent is also so much better than what we are dealing with in California. I have looked on Craigslist and there seem to be really nice apartments on the water in Slidell.

My biggest worry is securing a job and living there as a single woman. I am not too concerned about the crime because I am pretty street savvy. I do wonder about the dating scene. I would like to find a husband and start a family some day. Another thing I am a little concerned about is the racism. Though I am mixed race/religion and can get along with most everyone, I do not take kindly to "knowing my place" as a young and black woman. I am afraid one day someone will say the wrong thing and I will not comply to how things work in the South. On my trip I noticed racial hostility from one group of Southern tourists, sharing an elevator with them. I don't think the locals are as bad because of the melting pot culture, but those Alabamans, Mississippians and Texans, I tell you.

Do you all think I should take a stab at NOLA? It's either there or Charlotte but I keep hearing how boring Charlotte is. One funny thing is that NOLA has more gov't jobs (which I would like to get) advertised than Charlotte, but everyone keeps saying that NOLA has severe nepotism. Are those vacancies even real or are the listings just for show? Are temp agencies good for professionals? I will apply for the ones that I can for now and perhaps take a trip out there in the fall to take the state exam. I was told there are a lot of nonprofits, a whole lot, so I will apply to those, too. Do you all think with my stats and experience, I could actually get a stable job that pays me mostly comfortably? How is the volunteer scene down there? Would that be a good way to make friends?

About me:

Stats: 30 YO, female, mixed race (black and Middle Eastern), dog owner

Relationship: single, no kids, open to dating men of all races

Lived: From LA, have lived in San Francisco, New York City and North Carolina

Experience: Plenty of service experience (culinary, retail), case manager/unit coordinator at a nonprofit, halfway done with my Master's degree in public administration, undergrad in criminal justice. I want to start earning at least $17-$20/hour

Housing: Willing to live within 1 hour drive in or around NOLA, willing to pay up to $1200 for a 1 bedroom

Transportation: I will buy a new car when I get down there

Thank you all so much for your help!

Last edited by GimmeNOLA; 06-06-2016 at 05:04 PM..
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Old 06-06-2016, 05:00 PM
Location: nola
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I'm sure you will get some negative comments, but it sounds like you get what makes New Orleans great. If you're anything like me, it will be hard to talk you out of it. I had several people tell me I was making a mistake, but I knew this city fit me like a glove. It's the best move I have ever made. The only advice I would give is try to find a job before you move, and make sure you can afford it... And some of the areas outside of the city are very different from New Orleans. Not bad, just different. If New Orleans is what you love, you should do your best to stay in the city.
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