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Gender: Female
Hometown: NYC
Home country: USA
Current location: Durham, NC
Member since: Sat May 7, 2005, 11:13 PM
Number of posts: 30,630

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I was transplanted from northern NJ to southern CA when I was a teenager in 1965

HATED where we lived--out in the boonies of northern San Diego county--sent by my parents
to a different school district. Had zero social life on the weekend
as a high school student.

Ended up in L.A. at UCLA for college undergrad/grad school. Got married. Got a job. Got divorced.
Never liked it although I lived in Westwood, Santa Monica, Studio City,
Woodland Hills, and Pacific Palisades.

Second hubby and I left L.A. in 1988 and never looked back.
Ended up in MO (St. Joe) for 6 years and then NE (Lincoln)
for 6 years. Hated both places. When our Lincoln neighbors
filed a lawsuit against us to stop us from building a detached
home office on our property for my husband to see patients
(he's a psychiatrist) I convinced him that if we lost the lawsuit
we could move to Chapel Hill. Best damn thing that ever happened
to us was those nasty neighbors! I LOVE Chapel Hill (been here 13 years)
and I finally felt like I've come home. Small town feel, but highly educated
and progressive population (due to the University); nice neighbors; good
restaurants; TERRIFIC public schools for our kids (who graduated 2004 and 2008);
decent shopping; good international airport within 25 minutes; FABULOUS beaches
only 3-4 hours drive away.

Only trouble is, now, that the stupid which has been overtaking
this country since Ronnie Reagan days has taken over the state government in NC.
I'm not going to leave the country--or move elsewhere--now that I'm 62 and hubby
is 70. So here we are. We are, however, glad to see our youngest going to Berlin
for 10 months next year on a Fulbright scholarship. We will be visiting him while he's there--and probably encourage him
to think about the idea of what it might be like to live permanently in Germany,
as opposed to the US.

NC Moral Mondays now has a theme song!

We Are Not For Sale!


More than 2500 people rally outside the North Carolina State Legislative Building on Halifax Mall Monday, June 24, 2013, prior to an act of civil disobedience opposing the Republican legislature's agenda. About 120 activists were arrested by General Assembly and Raleigh police. About 600 have been arrested over the course of 8 "Moral Monday" demonstrations.

U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat from Chapel Hill, was among the crowd outside the Legislative Building. “This is beyond politics as usual,” Price said. “It’s so extreme, so drastic and so threatening to so many people.”

Price said what is happening in North Carolina is more extreme than when tea party politicians were swept into office at the federal level and pushed a similar agenda. “They created plenty of problems,” Price said. “But in the U.S. Congress, they didn’t have unchecked power.”

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/24/2985465/first-wave-of-moral-monday-protesters.html#storylink=cpy

I have friends who have been attending the protests. Hubby and one of our sons are planning to go next Monday...but not get arrested.

The guy who is behind all the money that put this group of Repubs in office is Art Pope--who is now the Budget Director
under the Governor. He is also the primary source of funds for Civitas, (referred to in the article) and the song that I posted
that mentions the mansion on Granville Dr. is his house (3324 Granville Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609)
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