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Old 07-27-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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I was wondering if some N. Carolinians (Carolingians?) can give me some understanding of whether or not N. Carolina would be for me, or whether I should just keep looking.

Here are some issues. Please excuse my incredible ignorance in advance:

1. I'm basically a Yankee. I was born in the Southwest and lived in a large Midwestern city for a long time, but I understand that if you're not from the South, you're a Yankee. Would this be a problem?

2. How's homeschooling? Restrictively awful, or laissez-faire?

3. I don't care at all about professional sports. Really, not at all.

4. I don't care about belonging to sororities, Junior League, or any groups of that nature.

5. How liberal/conservative is it politically?

6. How fundamentalist/conservative Christian is it?

7. How much sun do you folks get?

Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2007, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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1. I personally don't consider anyone a Yankee who's from the southwest. But being a Yankee isn't a bad thing anyway. It's all about your own personal attitude and friendliness.

2. It's popular. Don't know much more than that about it.

3. I don't see how that would be a big deal. You might get some good-natured ribbing.

4. Not a big deal at all. I don't know anyone who's into those things.

5. Mostly conservative, but there are some liberal cities.

6. Very, but not "in your face".

7. I don't know the statistics, but we get plenty of sun in "Sunny NC".
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Old 07-28-2007, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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The average annual percent of possible sunshine ranges between 58 to 65 percent.

Climate of North Carolina
National Climatic Data Center

http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/climatenorm...Clim_NC_01.pdf
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:37 AM
 
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The average annual percent of possible sunshine ranges between 58 to 65 percent.

Climate of North Carolina
National Climatic Data Center

http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/climatenorm...Clim_NC_01.pdf
Thank you for that info!
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:18 AM
 
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[quote=Charles Wallace;1157129]1. I'm basically a Yankee. I was born in the Southwest and lived in a large Midwestern city for a long time, but I understand that if you're not from the South, you're a Yankee. Would this be a problem?[quote]

You probably shouldn't introduce yourself to folks by saying "I'm a Yankee." You'd just be setting yourself up for failure.

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2. How's homeschooling? Restrictively awful, or laissez-faire?
Most homeschoolers I know are very religiously conservative. If that's your bag then you should have no problem finding home school groups so that your kids can get some social interaction. You will, however, be in the minority so don't be surprised if the public school kids in the neighborhood aren't knocking down your door to come over and play with your children.

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3. I don't care at all about professional sports. Really, not at all.
Charles? You're a man, right? Do you at least follow college sports?

Actually, a recently hired co-worker or mine doesn't like sports at all. Making small talk with him was a little awkward at first but since we are forced to interact I got to know him and we are friendly. If I met him in a social rather than a work setting I'm not sure whether I would have continued our initial conversation.

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4. I don't care about belonging to sororities, Junior League, or any groups of that nature.
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5. How liberal/conservative is it politically?
Depends on where you live but NC is mostly conservative. Even the most "liberal" NC towns like Carrboro and Asheville are only liberal in relation to the reat of NC. On a national scale those towns are probably middle of the road or left leaning.

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6. How fundamentalist/conservative Christian is it?
See above.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:30 PM
 
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Default Schooling?

How is Home Schooling compared to Public Schooling in NC? What about Virtual Charter Schools? Why aren't there any?
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Old 07-29-2007, 11:14 AM
 
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Sunshine is overrated!!!
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Old 07-31-2007, 12:41 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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1. I'm basically a Yankee. I was born in the Southwest and lived in a large Midwestern city for a long time, but I understand that if you're not from the South, you're a Yankee. Would this be a problem?
You will be fine as long as you remember one basic fact:
NC is NOT the state you left behind. LOTS of people moving in expect to find the same things they left behind in NY, NJ, MI, CA, ect and NC is NC.

Do not expect to find NY pizza or Chicago Pizza but we have some of the best BBQ around.

We don't have many Trader Joe's (altho they are slowly getting here ) but we do have our own grocery stores.

We don't have Pączki's like they do in MI (I will miss those greatly) but we do have Krispy Kremes.

There are trade off's everywhere and as long as you remember that your new home isn't the same as your old one and there were reasons for moving from your old one, we all get along fine.

Just be friendly, wave when waved at...even wave at others when you see them and they haven't waved at you yet.

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True Southerners

1.) Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption, and that you don't "HAVE" them, -- you "PITCH" them.

2.) Only a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up "a mess."

3.) Only a true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."

4.) Only a true Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is - as in: "Going to town, be back directly."

5.) All true Southerners, even babies, know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.

6.) All true Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

7.) Only a true Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'!)

8.) Only true Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

9.) Only a true Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.

10.) No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

11.) A true Southerner knows that "fixin'" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

12.) Only a true Southerner knows that the term "booger" can be a resident of the nose, a descriptive, as in "that ol' booger," a first name or something that jumps out at you in the dark and scares you senseless.

13.) Only true Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don't do "queues", we do "lines," and when we're "in line," we talk to everybody!

14.) Put 100 true Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.

15.) True Southerners never refer to one person as "y'all."

16.) True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

17.) Every true Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

18.) When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin' .. ," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

19.) Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it - we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

20.) A true Southerner knows that if you are with a couple of friends you, you could be with 2 or 10. The number doesn't matter.

21.) And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart" and go your own way.
Pay particular attention to # 13. Liz
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Old 08-01-2007, 04:55 PM
 
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Keep lookin'
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Old 08-04-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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Very Christian area, and very southern. Inside of the cities of Raleigh and Charlotte, and even Winston Salem and Greensboro, there are tons of transplant yanks though. You will fit in just fine in the larger cities.
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