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I know bupkis about NC other than that I once ordered fencing equipment from there, so it must have some redeeming qualities, plus apparently the locals out there think that a million bucks is not a lot of money. That being said, since as you noted I made a kindasorta similar move….

Biggest issue for me has been cultural issues. I find myself sometimes having to bite my tongue in casual conversations at parties when Certain Topics come up (syncspouse has been meeting other parents at syncgirl’s Greek School, so we’ve started having social acquaintances). People here are pretty live and let live and most people don’t often talk about the things that dominate Best Of here, but there are exceptions…

Also, no TV and don’t read the papers, so I avoid the Local Slant on Topics Of The Day, which likely helps kepp the blood pressure lower.

Beyond that…moving from Chicago to Dallas was moving from one Big City to another Big…well, Mick’ll tell you it’s an agglomeration of suburbs and he’s pretty much correct. But point is that Dallas is urban (4th to 7th largest metro area in the US, depending on how you handle the Bay Area, Boston and DC/Baltimore), not urban the way NYC is but then where else is? As New Yawk born and bred anyplace else will be a letdown to you, but I’d guess that smaller city-ish NC will be a lot more of an adjustment than Dallas has been for me (they have museums and aquariums and all that which are not World Class but at least Fairly Impressive. Again, no idea what the parts of NC are like that you’re looking at but I’m guessing notasmuch.

Cost of living – yeah, well, you’ve seen my latest house porn (aside- inspection went well and we’re Another Step Closer). And that’s great and all, but location-location-location, Texas and NC aren’t Chicago or Manhattan (or even Staten Island). On a frustrating day I say “ya know why it’s so cheap to live down here? Because YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!” The Nice Big House is great and all, but after a few years in it, you might have that out of your system (there’s still maintenance and upkeep and all that Home Cr@p to deal with, I’m now learning the wonders of automatic sprinkler systems and bracing for summer electric bills) but still be craving a decent slice from a local joint and have it be hundreds of miles away (for example, don’t ask me about gyros. Ya hear me, DON’T MENTION GYROS!!).

I was heavily bribed (in addition to COLA) to make the move AND we have syncspouse’s Get Out Of Texas Free benefit, which is why it happened. Maybe it would work for you, dunno, but it’s certainly different.

OTOH, yeah, the house porn is certainly something…

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