February 22, 2003

North Carolina

North Carolina - "The Tarheel State"

Wendy: "The best thing about North Carolina is easy access to both beaches and mountains. (Since Kevin lives in Wilmington, I'll leave the east coast up to him.)

I live in the heart of NASCAR country. I suppose that's a good thing for some people but it's not a real interest of mine.(I have friends and family that are diehard fans, though) Dale Earnhardt Jr. rode my bus back in the days when his dad was sponsored by Wrangler jeans. Poor thing had to wear those ugly things nearly everyday.

Kannapolis, NC (Dale Sr's birthplace) and the birthplace of George Clinton(lead singer of Parliament) has a great old movie theatre called the Gem where I can take 2 kids .. get in, get drinks and popcorn for $10- $12. (only one movie plays at a time, but hey)

My favorite part of NC - Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. More than a few movies have been filmed in the area... think Last of the Mohicans, Hannibal) (Biltmore House)

There's also The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and bluegrass music.

(and speakin' of music I wouldn't leave out that the legendary John Coltrane was born in Hamlet, NC.)

Another great thing is the laid back lifestyle. I don't like to get in a rush. (think Mayberry in Andy Griffith. It's kinda really like that.) MOONSHINE and Ernest T. Bass!! I work downtown and there are lots of colorful regulars that you could write a sitcom about. Of course, it's not all just southerners. There are lots of cool northerners that move down here(Michigan and New York for the most part) and fit right in. There's the occassional northerner that has a little trouble adjusting and likes to tell everybody the way things are supposed to be. That's when we pull out our defiant.. We don't give a damn how you did it up north!!!"

Kevin Parrott: "I never knew George Clinton was born in NC. See, you learn something new every day. Thanks, Wendy!


Oh, yeah, we have Michael Jordan and Meadowlark Lemon to brag about here, too."

Joe: "Yes, North Carolina used to have me as well. My son was born there as an added bonus."

Rick Howard: "North Carolina, I live near Ft Bragg and find that most of the military I know are actually respectful to civilians.

Easy access to the beach and mountains like mentioned above is also a plus.

I also recommend The Discovery Place in Charlotte."

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Posted by Lester on February 22, 2003 10:55 AM

I lived in cool, green Asheville for two years. It had beautiful green hills, the Smokey Mountains, flora and fauna to kill, lush golf courses, excellent tennis courts, the Biltmore, the famous Grove Park Inn (where the movie stars stayed during all those filmings)and the most impeccable and civilized weather in the world, including a breathtaking Spring which began when it should, in March, and ended when it should, in June.

Posted by: Loretta on February 22, 2003 05:35 PM

A "we've got it all" state. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Smokey Mountains, beauties of nature and wonderful people are ubiquitous. One can't remain bored or ignorant in NC with all the beautiful beaches, mountains, sports activities, recreational parks, swimming, snow and water skiing, museums, historical sites, music festivals, universities, and medical schools. Moderate climate with long summers make for endless festivals most of the year. Steeped in patriotism, we are proud of our military bases and although we can't claim Wilbur and Orville Wright, our Outer Banks sand dunes was the ideal place for them to make the first airplane flight.

Ya'll come see and enjoy.

Posted by: Indigo on February 22, 2003 05:38 PM

I'm also in Asheville, NC, which is also know as the Land Of The Sky, in the western part of the state. I have a beautiful live webcam on my site of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's so lovely here that many folks visit, then come back to stay or build a summer home here. The actress, Andy MacDowell, lives down the street from me. I'm also close to the Grove Park Inn, which is very beautiful and steeped in history. On the east coast are many little islands known for fishing and quiet retreats. Asheville is probably best known for it's open-minded philosophy, alternative health and healing centers, spiritual retreats, music venues, gay and hippie friendly locale. I love it here. This site below is a little trippy, but has many resources. asheville magazine

Posted by: Susan on February 23, 2003 01:25 PM

The best parts of North Carolina:

1) ACC basketball
2) Western NC-style barbeque
3) Eastern NC-style barbeque
4) Skiing and beaches in the same state!
5) American Legion baseball
6) Carolina girls (especially in the summer with minimal clothing!) Whoo-hoo!
8) Mild winters (this one is an exception)
9) Cheerwine!
10) Lots of people who love to play sports!

Posted by: John T. Hill on February 24, 2003 02:18 AM

8 Years in North Carolina and I'd go back in a heartbeat. Hard to top Indigo's summary but nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina - fine colleges and universities, the beach and the mountains all within driving distance (and plenty of opportunity to let your SUV do what it was designed to do - go off road!) Long, lazy summer barbecues with pig in a pit, lemon squares and pitchers of cold sweet tea and Buffet in the background make up some of my favorite memories.

Posted by: Karen on February 25, 2003 03:00 PM

As a North Carolina native, I have to admit I love this state! Born and raised here, and have no urge to live anywhere else. The scenery is wonderful, the food is good, and the people are nice. What else could you want?

Posted by: Steve Sledge on February 27, 2003 09:42 PM

In Watts Hospital, named for George Watts, investor in the American Tobacco Company, and his own community, when I drew my first breath, I sucked in the mellow smell wafting over from Durham's cigarette factories. Though I and my family branched out to Tennessee and Virginia soon after my birth, I always claimed the Old North State as deep soil for my tap root. As a young adult, I returned, obstensibly for work, but really, lured by the sweet piedmont acccent of my future wife. I now live eight miles from Watts Hospital and long for the day someone invents a barbecue filled Krispy Kreme that I can wash down with sweet tea while cheering on Junior and Scott Riggs to the checkered flag.

Here's to the land of the longleaf pine,
Summer land, where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong, and the strong grow great,
Here's to down home, the Old North State

Esse Quam Videri

Posted by: Willie P Mangum on March 7, 2003 11:00 PM

P.S: Tarheels are a basketball team. Tar Heels are the state and her people.

go wolfpack!

Posted by: Willie P Mangum on March 7, 2003 11:02 PM