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#1 JollySipper

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:18 AM

I've noticed there are a few members here from the Tar Heel state. I thought it would be cool if myself and some of my neighbors could share a few interesting facts about the towns in which we live.

The town I live in is called Elizabethtown. It is the birthplace of Curtis L. Brown Jr., the astronaut. He graduated from East Bladen High, earned a degree in engineering, and made it to Colonel in the Air Force before NASA snatched him up and sent him on six missions.

So let's share a little something with our fellow members about our beloved, humble state....

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 10:26 AM

I live in Charlotte, moved here 7 years ago from the northern burbs of Chicago, which is where I was born and raised. I have enjoyed living here, wouldn't move back North if you paid me, and like the pace of life here. Only thing I would change is to have some of the neat hobby shops that seemed so plentiful back in the Chicago/Milwaukee area.

Still learning about some of the history that surrounds Charlotte so I can't say I know much about the area to comment.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 01:12 PM

If you want to talk famous residents, James Worthy went to the same highschool as my wife, Ashbrook, in Gastonia NC.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 01:31 PM

That's very interesting! We could also share things of historical significance, such as the battle that happened here (and all over the state, I'm sure) between the Tories and the Whigs... we have a park named Tory Hole Park to honor their victory...

Edited by JollySipper, 03 July 2012 - 08:17 PM.


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

I live close to Kings Mountain state park where the Patriot militia defeated the Loyalist militia and prevented the invasion of North Carolina by Cornwallis.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:55 PM

West Jefferson, in Ashe County (NW corner of the state), home of a few million Christmas trees and North Carolina's only cheese plant. Plus quite a respectable locally owned hobby shop, the Hobby Barn.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:41 PM

I...LOVE...North Carolina! Especially Randleman/Level Cross, but the whole place is rich in history, clean pine scented air and some of the best beaches! There is nothing to not like about both of the Carolinas!

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 07:20 PM


Only thing I would change is to have some of the neat hobby shops that seemed so plentiful back in the Chicago/Milwaukee area.


I'm originally from NC and live in the far Suburban Chicago Area now. I've been here about 7 years so far and there were several small, locally owned Hobby Shops here when I first arrived. Many of them are gone now, a casualty of the economy, big-box stores, and eBay, I guess. Don't know about Milwaukee, but I figure I can find as much in NC as I can here - and at a better price.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:11 AM

Johnny,

You need to get to Milwaukee and visit The Model Empire. They have that old time hobby shop feel and a selection that I have yet to see elsewhere.

I will be headed to Southern Wisconsin in 2 weeks to visit family and stopping at The Model Empire is near the top of the list.

Steve,

Next time I am up near West Jeff I will have to seek out the Hobby Barn, sounds like a great place.


My problem (if you want to call it that) is most of the hobby shops have moved into the RC business, can't say that I blame them, but it has left us plastic modelers buying off the internet.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:15 AM

I moved from New England to Winston Salem, NC just this last October. The pace of living works well for me and it has its historical landmarks. Well known for industry back in the day with textiles and Tobacco (RJ Reynolds is still located here) Olde Salem is a cool place to visit as well. The downtown area is modest but there's a fair amount to do. Being located just 2 hours from Charlotte and only 30 mins from Greensboro it is convienient as these are the closest airports. Tough being 4 hours from the Beach however because i grew up with Summer in Cape Cod. As a hobbyist, I have recently found a hobby store just fifteen mins away in a town called King, NC. They have a TON of models and supplies to keep me going, they have every new kit that comes in as well. None in Winston, that I know of, other than Michaels. Also, I believe there is a model club in Kernersville NC which is very close. Anybody know about this? I would love to find out more and come to a weekly meeting to check it out

Edited by CaptainAhab, 04 July 2012 - 08:17 AM.


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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:38 AM

Here is a kink to a show coming in August that is close to you.

http://www.carolinakustommodelers.com/

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:49 AM

Thanks Brian! Thats exciting, hope I can make it due to my unpredictable work travel schedual

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:52 AM

I'm going to try to make it, I live an hour or so away but nothing really happens around here.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:48 AM

I grew up in Indian Trail NC.Was a small town south of Charlotte. I hear now that you can't tell where Charlotte stops and Matthews and Indian Trail start.Was just 5 mins north of Monroe.We moved to Virginia when I was 15.I've been to the old neighborhood one time since,but have travelled through Charlotte many times over the years.East Independance Boulivard was only two lanes each direction when we left,I hear now it has six each way. Might be a good road trip one day.bigtim.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

I grew up in Indian Trail NC.Was a small town south of Charlotte. I hear now that you can't tell where Charlotte stops and Matthews and Indian Trail start.Was just 5 mins north of Monroe.We moved to Virginia when I was 15.I've been to the old neighborhood one time since,but have travelled through Charlotte many times over the years.East Independance Boulivard was only two lanes each direction when we left,I hear now it has six each way. Might be a good road trip one day.bigtim.


Tim, you wouldn't recognize the area these days, which is probably sad but they do call it progress!

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:50 AM

My brother moved from Tucson AZ to Columbia NC several years back. We all thought he was crazy. Went to see him a few years ago, I know he's crazy. Hurricane alley.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:49 PM

Greg,

Columbia is not necessarily Hurricane Alley, it is more like Phoenix with humidity! :D I was there last Friday and it was 109 plus a good dose of humidity, a wet heat if you will!

Yes, we do get our share of hurricane related weather but it has been awhile since we took a direct hit.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

I grew up on Medow Brook Farm in the Yadkin Valley, in Northwestern North Carolina. The Farm was about 12miles from Lenoir and surrounded by mountains. Great hunting, and Trout fishing!

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:55 PM

I lived in Fayetteville as a kid. Went back a few years back to see my sister at Ft. Bragg. Ain't the same place. Nice hobby shop, though.

Asheville.is a no go, though. Ex old lady lives in Asheville

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:25 PM

Asheville.is a no go, though. Ex old lady lives in Asheville


Yeah, Asheville is the San Franciso of the east coast.