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Lesson on Southern Hospitality

16 Dec


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There was a time in my life where everything was simple. When I was a young child, still small enough to sit in a chair and be able to swing my feet; I would always sit on my Great Grandmother’s porch in one of her rocking chairs and read.  Each time, after only a few minutes, Ma (pronounced Mm-uh), would come out and join me. This one day I noticed that every time a car drove pass the house, she would wave. The person driving would blow their horn and if they had others in the car they all would wave. Every now and then one would yell out a greeting. I said, “Ma, do you really know all these people?” She looked at me as if she wanted to laugh. She said, “No, but it is polite to wave.” This was my first lesson on Southern Hospitality.

Over a decade later, at age 22, I moved to Maryland with one of my Aunts and her family. My first morning there I went for a walk. As I ran into people on the way I would greet them. Each one would hesitate first and then manage to greet me back. They looked shocked, perhaps astonished by my kindness. One thing was for sure, I wasn’t in North Carolina anymore.  Where I was from, everyone would chat with strangers, as if they had already known them for years or had run into an old friend.

This wasn’t my first time outside of the South. I was born in Maryland and raised in North Carolina. I spent many summers on Long Island, New York and in New York City. New York has its share of friendly people, but of course everyone is busy and rushing to get somewhere. Nevertheless, New York is still one of my favorite places to visit. Although, it’s nothing like living in the South; plenty of great food, cheap housing, beaches and lots of friendly folks.

I have been to many states in the South. Everything really is bigger in Texas, nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the morning, Georgia is the Empire State of the South, Tennessee is rich in history, and Alabama is really the Heart of Dixie!


5 of North Carolina’s Best Cities

18 Nov



Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

Intersection of Franklin Street and Columbia S...

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These three cities are known as the Research Triangle or the Tri-State Area. Home to North Carolina State University (Raleigh), North Carolina Central University (Durham), and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The area boasts over 800 restaurants and more than 50 museums. The area is ranked #3 for Most Romantic Cities by The median home cost is $209,600.

Major Employers: Wake County Public School System, Rex Healthcare, Progress Energy, First Citizens Bank, and the colleges in the area.


Charlotte, NC

Skyscraper in downtown Charlotte, NC

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The Queen City is home to 2 pro sports teams: Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) and the Carolina Panthers (NFL). The median home cost is $178,800. Some of Charlotte’s main attractions are Carowinds, Discovery Place, U.S. National Whitewater Center, and The Billy Graham Library. If that’s not enough the area has over 200 parks, more than 20 shopping centers and a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants. It’s also home to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University.

Major Employers: Bank of America, Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and Presbyterian Hospital.


Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, third largest metropolitan area

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Home of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Greensboro has a lot of history, including the sit-in that took place downtown during the Civil Rights Era. The median home cost is $142,100. There are more than 600 restaurants here and a large number of bars and museums.

Major Employers: Moses H. Cone Health System, U.S. Postal Service, UPS, AT&T, and Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation.


Winston-Salem, NC

Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North...

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This city was ranked one of the Best Green Cities and has plenty of parks. The median home cost is $135,600. It’s home to Wake Forest University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Winston-Salem State University. There are lots of nearby vineyards and over 400 restaurants. Winston-Salem also continues to attract art lovers with its many art galleries and theaters.

Major Employers: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Novant Health, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System, Wells Fargo, and BB&T.


Wilmington, NC

Northern end of Downtown Wilmington

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NBA great, Michael Jordan, was raised here. Wilmington was once home to Jay Ross (NFL) and Tamera Young (WNBA). There are plenty of beaches nearby and the Cape Fear River and Greenfield Lake. Wilmington is ranked by as one of the Best Green Cities, Best Places to Live, and Most Competitive Public Colleges. Home to The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The median home cost is $210,500. Some major attractions include Wrightsville Beach, the Battleship North Carolina, Cape Fear Museum, Thalian Hall, Cape Fear Riverboats and Jungle Rapids. Dawson’s Creek was once filmed here and One Tree Hill is now filmed here. There are more than enough parks, restaurants, and bars in the Port City. It also offers a one-mile-long Riverwalk downtown. Wilmington is also known as, “A Coast Guard City,” and is the training camp site for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Major Employers: New Hanover Health Network, PPD, GE Wilmington, New Hanover County School System, UNCW, Verizon Wireless, and Corning, Inc.

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