DirtyHarry50, on 18 November 2015 - 01:22 PM, said:
I suspect the basic elements of the combat zone live on in Chinatown and elsewhere but I do recall what you are talking about happening quite a long time ago now actually. I was fortunate to work at Dragon Systems for the years I did and be surrounded by so many very talented software engineers who I learned a great deal from. I sometimes wish I had stayed on with them but the commute was getting to me and I decided to try out contracting which was great money but even better still my first contract job turned into a full-time hire and because they liked me they were willing to keep paying me the contract rate along with full benefits. Score!
I will miss Massachusetts and New England in general after a lifetime there so far but since my move to North Carolina a year and half ago now I have no regrets. I love it down here. It sure is nice walking around outside on a sunny 70 degree day in mid-November. It is also very nice seeing hardly any snow at all. It is really humorous down here how they react to a dusting, like maybe an inch of snowfall. The whole world stops turning, schools close. It's hilarious. I love every second of it. Everywhere I go everyone notices my Boston accent right away and I'm sure they notice me saying things like "wicked," etc. too. It's pretty funny. When they ask me where I am from and I tell them I often also tell them they all talk funny, not me. I also enjoy making jokes about myself, calling myself a damned yankee. That always makes people down here laugh.
You know what I really miss? New England seafood. These people eat stuff like catfish and popcorn shrimp all the time and they seem to think that qualifies as seafood or something. I have this incredible craving for fried clams, the real ones with bellies. I need to get to the sea down here and hope I can find some real food. A man cannot live on the likes of corn dogs, grits, hush puppies and deep fried everything forever. There is a Red Lobster but that is chain pseudo seafood. That ain't the real thing. That ain't a Maine Lobster that was swimming in the tank 10 minutes before it arrived on your plate, you know? Good times though, it is a lot of fun being here.
Ha, of course! I grew in NC, lived there for 23 years (UNCW alum), still have a lot of friends, classmates, and connections in the area. :-) I even took the family to Carolina Beach in May for a vacation. Sure, you miss the seafood up here, but I probably miss the NC-style BBQ more. I think about moving back about, oh, every month, but my wife has family and a good job here in Mass. so that's not going to happen. I often think about living there when I retire, though.