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The North Carolina Puzzle
June 30, 2010 at 9:12 pm #104534
Will someone please tell me why so many people from this area retire to NC? My husband retired from the USMC @New River and I went down there a few times to visit. The “strip” outside of the Marine Corps bases was “the” social center of gravity. Full of tattoo parlors, bars, check cashing places, etc. Their “fine dining” restaurant was McDonald’s. Then I worked with a woman, who with her husband, bought a cabin on a lake down there. It’s going to be their permanent retirement home because she said hubby “likes to fish.” Well, duh, what are they going to do when it’s too cold to fish? Sit in the cabin & look @ each other? Observe the wildlife? And I wonder how far this place is from the nearest store…. I just don’t get it… no pro sports teams, virtually no amenities and a dearth of decent restaurants. Yet people flock there…..The objective is to retire & enjoy life, not retire and veg out.
June 30, 2010 at 9:56 pm #104538
I can field this one, Eileen, since I am in Durham…I don’t think the area around New River is a solid example of what Carolina offers….here’s my vantage point:
– The Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) and Durham specifically is repeatedly named one of the Top Places to Live in the US – really bright people, excellent medical and educational facilities around Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill, the Durham Bulls as made famous by the movie Bull Durham (and #1 in their minor league division with great stadium), a brand new state-of-the-art performing arts center…and I’m just getting warmed up! Oh and if you like NHL hockey, the Hurricanes rock. Plus, the last two NCAA champion basketball teams came from Duke and UNC…making us the mecca for at least one collegiate sport.
– Charlotte is like Atlanta without all the craziness. Beautiful southern city with two pro teams: Bobcats in NBA and the Panthers in the NFL…and if you like NASCAR, you might as well die and to heaven right outside Charlotte’s City Limits. Financial center of the south with Bank of America and Well Fargo (acquired Wachovia) being there…plus, Billy Graham’s stomping grounds and a strong notch in the Bible Belt.
– Then there’s Asheville – the Biltmore mansion…mountains where Last of the Mohicans was filmed…awesome little college town with beautiful little plaza in city center….Lake Lure…etc. etc.
– And I could go on and on….
I <3 North Carolina!
November 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm #104536
My dad is a retired fed in Shallotte NC outside of Wilmington, NC and lots of retired govies live in his complex.
Some things he likes:
-Warmer weather – but still seasons
-No taxes on federal pensions
-Lots of golf courses
-There’s sports teams – pro and college
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