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Tolbert came here partly because he likes the South better than California

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Hahaha.

I swear I hope you are from Florida.

Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, etc... I've lived in all of them & he's got a point.

Gonna check out Missouri in August.

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All I got to say is....maters, taters and hell!

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Hahaha.

I swear I hope you are from Florida.

I live in Alabama. People here don't include NC or VA in conversations about the south.

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I live in Alabama. People here don't include NC or VA in conversations about the south.

Guess they've never been to the mountains of NC or VA!?

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Lived in Michigan for almost 30 years. Moved to Spartanburg 25 years ago. I have shoveled snow 3 times in theat span. The summers take some getting used to, but once you get it you are fine. I now hate being cold, so I only visit Mich. in the summer. Also, even after 25+ years I still have trouble with understanding those goofy slur buddies. Gotta talk like their granpappy and you cannot understand a damm thing. Igits. Especially on the weekends when the beer starts flowing. Inlaws, you just gotta love em.

My favorite Southerism. Cut on the lights. I can cut OFF the lights, and I can TURN on the lights. But I cannot, and probably never will be able to, CUT on the lights. Derp.

People are people no matter where you go. You usually get out what you put in. So I can see how some on here have had trouble through the years. LOL.

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My wife is from northern Michigan. The people up there make the rednecks in the south look like Manhattanites.

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Tolbert choose what Tolbert choose. I have lived in LA, Tampa, San Antonio, (we will now move on to states rather than cities as many of you will have no clue where Newberry is) SC, NC, CO, GA, northern CA and LA (Louisiana not Los Angeles, which I did list earlier). In related news, I spent 4 years in military service. People from the "South" are more tolerable and accepting than those I have meet from the "North". Just my observation, but once you get above Virginia, we are 51% to your 49%. We should all get rid of this BS, but I am more proud of NC natives than the multiple idiots I deal with on a daily basis based out of the Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Detroit areas. Almost ALL of those guys that I know are racist if you get to know them well enough, and they think because I am white that I will put up with their snide comments during plant tours. On more than one occasion, after some dumbass comment I have looked a prospective supplier in the eye and said, "Wow, my Grandmother was black", which she wasn't but he doesn't know that. Funny how that poo doesn't fly when money is involved.

I had one perspective supplier write me 3 apology letters (one a week for three weeks) trying ever-so-professionally to back out of being an Illinois fug. Fugs are all over but the south is not any worse than NYC or South Dakota. It appears to be equal about everywhere to me.

Tolbert chose NC because we all have flaws, but NC is the least of evils and one of the best places on earth to raise a child.

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The South in it's Glory years

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The South Today

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My 2 cents, I lived in a few places in eastern NC most of my growing years, Monterey, Cali for a total of about 2.5 years (2 different times), middle of Texas 6 months, Hawaii 6 years and Australia now going on 2 years (with the military post-NC). My wife was stationed in San Diego for a year of my time in Monterey and I drove down every other weekend to spend the weekend with her. She's from NY, so I've spent extensive time there visiting her family and stuff. I have family in Florida, and my Dad lived there for a while recently and I've spent lots of time in Fla. I visited SF a number of times while stationed in Monterey. I don't have much experience in the middle of the US, I just did bootcamp in Illinois which I wouldn't even count because I wasn't among the general populace. I spent a weekend in New Orleans while stationed in Texas (pre Katrina).

Growing up in NC, of course I saw racism. No one can deny it exists. But it honestly wasn't any more than I've seen in NY, Texas, California or Hawaii. It's between different races in different places. Whites and blacks in the South. Everyone vs everyone in NY. Latinos, blacks and whites in Cali. Islanders and non-islanders in Hawaii. Same thing, different shades.

San Diego is the only place in Cali I'd even hesitate to say "Hell no" to settling down after the military. San Diego is pretty nice, the weather is nice and the people are far and away the coolest and nicest people in Cali.

I did some traveling around Texas while I was there, and my impression is Texas is pretty meh. Didn't have great or terrible experiences with people there. I'll give them one thing though, they're polite drivers. Texas was the only place I've seen people pull over into the shoulder to let you pass if you're coming up behind them driving faster than them. When I went to NO, it's a fun town with good food but I'd be damned if I'd want to live there. It stinks there and the people were kind of assholish to you if you're not giving them your tourist dollars.

Hawaii was nice for the first 6 months or so, but like NO the people lose all of their famed niceness if you're not a tourist giving them money. It also has the worst drivers I've seen in my entire life, from Fla to NY, from NC to Cali, from Australia to all over Asia I've never seen worse drivers. At least the bad drivers I've seen in Asia have an excuse, poorer driving education and more populated roads.

The people in Australia put everywhere else to shame in politeness and overall friendliness, but the Southeast isn't that far behind.

For an unbiased point of view, my wife and kids stayed with my family for a year while I was training in another state at one point, and she was impressed by how she was treated by strangers. She wasn't accustomed to the default attitude being polite and warm.

In summary, the only place my wife and I have discussed living other than NC is San Diego. I like Fla well enough, but my wife doesn't want to look like the stereotypical NYer moving down to Fla so that's out of the question. San Diego is nice, the nicest place in the US I've been other than NC, but give me NC any day.

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I've traveled quite extensively and loved San Diego. You should also check out Portland and SLC.

But I love Charlotte more than those three

If you are looking for cool places with nice people.

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I've traveled quite extensively and loved San Diego. You should also check out Portland and SLC.

But I love Charlotte more than those three

If you are looking for cool places with nice people.

The nicest people I've ever met were in Africa.

South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia.....all of it made me realize what actually being friendly and generous and hospitable means. People with next to nothing will absolutely insist that they provide you with a meal or place to stay because you are a guest and they just want to learn about where you are from. The poor will give you their last bit of food and the rich will give you their vacation houses to use. It's unreal.

After being in all those place I find that people are more alike than different once you get past a few cultural things on the surface. So when I look at another region I try not to stereotype and just enjoy what it is about the area that is unique.

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I've traveled quite extensively and loved San Diego. You should also check out Portland and SLC.

But I love Charlotte more than those three

If you are looking for cool places with nice people.

Portland seems cool, I've never been there but I've heard good things about the people. I've met two people from Portland, one was beyond weird, the other was cool. The weather would turn me off though.

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