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Posted on 04/04/2013 4:45:08 PM PDT by FreedFromNY
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Boy the price has really gone up.
I remember when I first got mine around 1995, I showed up with a bunch of certificates showing I was a firearms instructor, hunter safety instructor, etc. and she didn’t even want to look at them.
I didn’t realize it at the time but they have no discretion, they have to issue it as long as you are not a criminal and got caught to boot. I think I got it in the mail in a week or two.
no my friend, it will be ; where ya’ll from?
Consider the area around Roswell. Personally, I love it. Buford is a little more rural. I can’t recommend Lawrenceville, even though I used to live there.
Congratulations! I am escaped from N.Y. more than 20 years ago when I joined the Marines.
Come south and feel the freedom.
I was being politically correct;)
Well, congratulations! We just returned on Saturday from spending almost 2 weeks in Georgia. What a wonderful state we found it to be.
Only an insane person would move Down East, my home. It’s a hole, as my dear mother would say. Like the Bronx of North Carolina.
I presently live in the Yankee colony of Wake County, in the Central part of the state. It’s where I teach and make a fairly good living.
But note: I don’t hate Yankees. I lived in New Jersey for six years while courting my wife, and had a wonderful time. The people of New Jersey (and NYC) are friendly and pretty funny, truth be told. I was pleasantly surprised.
The difference is we here are inheriting the losers, who couldn’t make a go of it in their home state. They move here, bring their loser attitudes, and give all Southerners the wrong impression of Yankees, particularly those from the NE. I am forever explaining that one shouldn’t measure Yankees by the pitiful unemployable immature freaks we have pouring into the area today. They are pathetic, though.
Southerners assume if it’s a Yankee, it’s a loser, fairly or not.
My wife, by the way, is Cuban, not NJ-esque.
Don’t subscribe to The Atlanta Unrinal and Constipation. LOL
Congrats on your new job and upcoming move! May God bless you and your family in this transition, give you safe travels, and provide you with nice people and places along your way. Atlanta has its share of problems, just like any other metro area, but some of the smaller cities near it are very nice.
You may find that Georgia is a bit more liberal than you would have expected. Emory University and UGa are both very liberal universities; Atlanta is one of the mecca’s for gay/homosexual types, and reverse prejudice is part of everyday encounters. Georgia’s tax structure is a bit screwy, too. You’ll like the mountains in the north (go to Helen GA for Oktoberfest!), and the coastal areas. The southern plains (peach, peanut and cotton country) is flat, flat, flat and hot, hot, hot (I can say this cuz I was born in Albany GA!) and the Carters live there (yeah, that one, the former prez who is an embarrassment to the USA). It’s also the infamous birthplace of the KKK, and that always seems to be under the radar doing something somewhere...
And, sadly, some of us Southerners still do have too long a historical memory of that horrible time when a wide swath was burned, pillaged, raped by the union army under Sherman. I don’t think some of us will ever get past that...
On the other hand, it is the Bible belt, you will find some really wonderful people there, some awesome football, sweet tea, great food, and beautiful views. Come with an open mind, pray with an open heart, and let God handle all of it.
You’ll be fine! :)
I work in Paulding County, live in Douglasville and am a transplant from Baltimore. Welcome to Atlanta. You will love the people, business climate, politics and quality of life. It will soon feel like home.
As soon as you can, drive north on 441 to NC, and drive around Highlands, Franklin, Nantahala and that area. You won’t regret it.
Welcome to Ga, I live down in Houston Co. (middle GA)
Well grab you a big gulp, and get ye to a Chik Fillet.
Enjoy the new life.
Despite what you might be told..having a NASCAR number tattoo is completely voluntary...
Good luck, God bless, and please remember that you came to South to join it, not to change it.
And don’t forget they pronounce it (House-Ton) not Hewston like they do in Texas.
There is a really nice state park North of Atlanda near Mountain City. It is Black Rock Mountain state park. It has been my favorite since around 1958.
Bless your heart! :)
I am just a stones throw away from you in SC....let us know when that rat race becomes too much for you and you and yours will be more than welcome to the great state of SC!!! We love those who love freedom and the greatest state in the world...the state of original freedom!!!
Note to potentials: DO NOT move to either of those places.
I hope you’re moving into one of those newly incorporated cities that escaped Atlanta.
Don’t take your New York accent with you.
Congrats!!!! I’m genuinely happy for you!!
I’m a Texan but I know there are tons of real Patriots in Georgia too!! :)
Welcome! Be sure to reside OTP (outside the perimeter) to be safe from the Obots...
Be careful to check your cholesterol after a month or two...
I keep my promises - we will not be seeking to change your state. That is one thing that I can guarantee.
I don’t think I have much of a “NY” accent - it’s more generic, since I grew up in Central NY (which, by the way, has more in common with the south than it does with downstate). Of course, my accent is still a far cry from southern, so I know I’ll stand out. But my husband is born & raised on Long Island - I think I need to get him some speech classes.
And thanks to everyone for the suggestions on neighborhoods. My office will be in Tucker, so I’m looking toward the northeast of Atlanta for a home. I recognize many of the town names that you’re mentioning, from all of the online research I’ve been doing over the past few weeks. But it’s good to hear from people who know the towns personally, for a real perspective.
(1) Be sure you come by way of Ellis Island...take a good look @ the Statue of Liberty;
(2) Well, on the other hand, it's possible we're already WAY OVER 'QUOTA' on allowing New Yorkistan illegals across our borders.
He spoke it up like it was heaven on earth and he did live all his life in an upscale prime $ection of the NY suburbs.
Godspeed. I hope you’ll be happy.
Tell me about it. I can't disguise my SoCal accent to save my life. These Texans have me figured out as soon as I open my mouth. And believe it or not, half the Texans I meet don't even sound like Texans!
Just a couple of tips when you move down here.......
1) We pull off to the side of the road (and remove hats) for funeral processions. You pull back on the road if you see the last car with headlights on or the last police car following.
2) If we know the deceased or their family members....we take food to the home. A lot of times it’s ‘home cooked’ (like a casserole they can freeze and use later) but, recently, store-bought things are OK. Barbeque that you pick up at a restaurant is always a winner.......but, be advised. EVERYBODY does that....’cause it’s easy.
Then there’s that whole “bless your heart” thing. Don’t be intimidated by that. It means many things, usually: “Well, bless his heart!” (This guy is a complete and utter idiot.) -OR- “Well, bless his heart! (Which means we have compassion for someone’s given situation and we truly care.) “Well, bless your heart!” (Which means you are grateful to that person who was very generous to you.) And, LAST, but NOT LEAST.....”Bless your heart”....(said through gritted teeth and an intimidating stare to, basically, say....”F U.”)
Clear as mud? ;-)
You’ll pick up on the nuances the longer you live here. :)
Good luck, God bless, and please remember that you came to South to join it, not to change it.
I smoke, but I don't chew. Don't think I could ever bring myself to put tobacco in my mouth .. gag
I'd spend 2-3 weeks in NY and then 2-3 weeks on the road and then back home for 2 weeks.
It was a long four years, but I pitied the native NY City dwellers, they had no respite.
Congrats on your escape from NY.
>>Welcome to our home. You are cordially invited to our next get together. When is that by the way?
When Trapped_in becomes Escaped_from_NY?
When are you here? I’m working up that way at least for April, FWIW. I’m pretty good on foodie, non-chain-y restaurant recommendations too.
A heartfelt congratulations from a Southern Boy.
Its quicker now than when I’ve got them before. Now they have a picture on them like a real ID. I guess the increased costs goes to all the technology used to expedite the process. Or just give the court some cash.
Either way, if you’re legit, its a painless process.
My dad had one in NY. It was easier to fill out the paperwork for my security clearance than the app he had to complete. Glad I made the move 17 years ago.
Congrats! You will probably be much happier. Good decision!
Just one thought: If, after a couple of years of living there, feel that you are now “one of the gang” and can therefore get away with making fun of Southernisms (even truly silly ones), think again. Especially with a NY accent (even a mild one), you will not be assimilated until you’ve lived there 20 years. You may make many friends who truly come to love you and value you ... but if you ever drop a criticism of the Southern life in a Yankee dialect, you can get “froze out” real quick! Just sayin’.
A freak who is really a Democrat, walks like a Democrat, talks like a Democrat and cra*!s all over people like a Democrat, but says he is a Republican. And NY was dumb enough to accept that.
You will love America. You will love Atlanta. I left New York, and Atlanta is now my home. We can now meet for some of the finest Thai food you will ever experience!
Most Yankees here go through what a radio commentator called the “Cycle”:
1. believe the propaganda (generated mostly by the real estate industry) that NC is heaven;
2. Move to NC and get a temp job or work retail;
3. learn that one cannot support a household on low wages;
4. run through life savings;
5. lose house and family;
6. move away;
7. the real estate industry profits for a second time;
You see these people in the Cycle around all the time, by the hundreds, working retail with their furrowed little brows, wondering what happened. It’s sad.
yeah, I was going to add that, but didn’t want to confuse him! LOL
Ja, snow and cold keeps the riff raff out, eh? Do they consider Mississippi trolls and flatlanders up there, or is that reserved for us? :)
Not a yooper, but from North Michigan before 'temporarily' moving to outside the People's Republic of Ann Arbor.
I know that area a little bit. My ex-girlfriend's from Gwinnett County. That area is alright, but a little too big city/suburbia for my tastes. Some areas are sketchy like Norcross but I wouldn't put it in the category of South Atlanta.
The mountains north of there are great and be sure to visit them. It reminds me of my old home in North Michigan with different accents. That's a high compliment from me.
Ok. Now I see what you mean. This guy is not in that class. He/his wife spent their vacations years earlier visiting spots that thought that they would like to retire to and they settled on Cary. So no one sold them on Cary- they went there with their eyes open. They were very highly paid individuals so their nest egg is not empty. Their house alone in NY, when sold, brought enough for the new Cary digs plus, plus, plus. I believe they now live in a gated community in Cary, IIRC.
All I remember is how he raved about it and he had already been there for a couple of years at that time. That’s why your post interested me when you said Cary. I have never been there but he sure created a desire to do so with his spiel! I told him he should get a part time job in the Tourism Dept of Cary.