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Old 08-17-2013, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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You can also order them online. (PretzelsDirect.com) Someone gave me some for Christmas and they aren't bad. You can freeze them (separate them first), and then eat when you want. Of course, there's nothing like one handed to you on the street corner, but these aren't too far off.


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These look great and should at least be as good as when I bring them home from South Jersey. I will definitely bookmark that site for when a craving hits. A little pricey for a regular order but I'd pay it once in a while, absolutely!

Edit: I was looking at the gift box of 10, which is expensive. But the larger quantities are very reasonable (since I'd freeze most of them).

Thanks! Auntie Anne's and the freezer case ones just don't cut it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Well, that didn't take long. Just placed an order for 50.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:49 AM
 
Location: work traveler, NC, VA, MD
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1) I would definitely not underestimate the traffic problems here; live as close to your work as you can. I telecommute now but, when I commuted from Herndon to Rockville, it took me 45 min to an hour to get to work by 7 AM (normally 35 minutes when not rush hour) -- and this was assuming no accidents or any else causing traffic jams. I also think my commute (Toll Rd to 495 to 270) was probably the better in the area, compared to those who travel 270S, 66W, 95N, or 495 in Montgomery County, MD.

I-66, I-95, 495, and contributing roads along them is big league traffic. Make no mistake about it.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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You mentioned possibly working in McLean, VA. If your worksite has a McLean address, then it is PROBABLY actually in this very busy place, the home of 80,000 employees: Tysons Corner, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I grew up in the Philly suburbs (NJ) and have lived in Herndon for about 9 years now. I do miss the Philly soft pretzels and good pizza though. LOL When I visit family, I stock up on pretzels, wrap separately in wax paper & plastic wrap, place in freezer bags, and freeze. When you want a pretzel, remmove the wax paper/plastic wrap, then wrap in a damp paper towel and microwave until heated. Just a tip for any Philly folks missing a taste of home.
Oh my goodness, I don't know what my kids are going to do, they are hooked on the pretzels here. GREAT tip about freezing them! We know the owner of the local place, and when he sees our kids stroll in he loads us up with bags of them, so now I know what to do with them.

Great point about not reading into the tiredness as unfriendliness. God knows how many times my wife and I probably offended folks who didn't know we were just exhausted at the end of the day.
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Old 08-17-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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From my trips to the area, I never got the sense that people were snobby or elitist.
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Old 08-17-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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My wife and I are planning to move down from Philadelphia next summer, and discovered this site just a few days ago. It has been an INCREDIBLY valuable and informative resource for us! Naturally we wanted to ask folks about housing, neighborhoods, costs, etc only to find that all our questions and concerns were already addressed in previous posts. This our first post, but you all should know there are probably countless others who anonymously benefit from your inputs here - so thanks!!

One question we still have is more social ... what are the people like in the area? What words would you use to describe the personality of the region? What are y'all like?

Probably too broad a question... but just trying to get a pulse on who our future neighbors will be
Well, to put it bluntly, you will probably not need to worry about your neighbors because you will never meet them. They are too busy working. If it's a really close-knit neighborhood they'll wave hello every once in a while and you'll be on a first name basis with one or two. Your kids might get to know some of theirs if theirs are not too busy with after-school classes and activities. People are not unfriendly, but they're all so busy that socializing is difficult.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:45 PM
 
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Keep in mind that although NoVA is very diverse and has lots of transplants, it's not a random sample. That is to say, NoVA draws a certain kind of person who makes the decision to live there as opposed to MD. Conversely, a certain category of people makes the decision to live in MD rather than NoVA, based on any number of criteria.

It's hard to pin down these criteria and explain the difference, but in my experience, people from NY/NJ will often settle in the MD suburbs. People from other, non-Northeastern areas like the Midwest or the South will prefer NoVA.

I am trying to steer you in the direction of MD, which I believe is more suitable for someone from Philly. You're probably accustomed to Euro immigrants, liberal politics, and Northeastern food, among other things, and that is not really on offer in NoVA, a much more "real American" kind of place (despite its superficial diversity).
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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Oh my goodness, I don't know what my kids are going to do, they are hooked on the pretzels here. GREAT tip about freezing them! We know the owner of the local place, and when he sees our kids stroll in he loads us up with bags of them, so now I know what to do with them.

Great point about not reading into the tiredness as unfriendliness. God knows how many times my wife and I probably offended folks who didn't know we were just exhausted at the end of the day.
Yes, freezing them works well! Not as good as fresh, of course, but still pretty good. If my choice is between a reheated Philly pretzel and "none", guess which I will pick. LOL I am excitedly looking forward to gorging on pretzels, thanks to the link posted by spencgr.

I just noticed your post about driving on 76. Ugh, I took a day trip from NJ to the Philadelphia Outlets last year. It took ages to get through the area around the Zoo on the Schuylkill Expressway. Yes, that is very similar to how traffic can get here.

From your posts, it sounds like you and your family will be just fine in NoVA. I think you'll get more specific information once you narrow down some places based on needs & wants, as things can vary greatly even within the same town. The people on this forum are a great resource and very helpful, from my years of reading.
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Old 08-17-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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It's hard to pin down these criteria and explain the difference, but in my experience, people from NY/NJ will often settle in the MD suburbs. People from other, non-Northeastern areas like the Midwest or the South will prefer NoVA.

I am trying to steer you in the direction of MD, which I believe is more suitable for someone from Philly. You're probably accustomed to Euro immigrants, liberal politics, and Northeastern food, among other things, and that is not really on offer in NoVA, a much more "real American" kind of place (despite its superficial diversity).
I run into Northeastern people (especially Philly) all of the time. They, like me, chose VA. While many may also chose MD, I don't think your comments are founded.
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