Well it’s been about 4 months already since we moved down to Charleston (time flies!) and a lot of people have asked us how we like living in the south. First of all, we LOVE it! Secondly, it’s really not that much different than other places we’ve lived! Here’s a list of 10 observations Ryan and I have made since moving down here.
1. Everyone is REALLY nice. Honestly. We haven’t been here for very long but we’ve already met some really great friends and neighbors. People are really welcoming, inviting, fun and warm to us northerners.
2. The dog parks here are amazing! Huge spaces for our dogs to run with lakes to swim in, and they even host “Yappy Hours” about every month with beer, wine, and live music!
3. Oh, but did I mention there is an alligator threat at the dog park? Here’s the sign that greets you on your way into the gate.
See that little bump in the water behind that dog? Yep, that’s a little gator. Don’t worry, he was too little to eat Sam and Chance, but I made them get out of the water just in case. Oh, and it’s a bad idea to throw a tennis ball at the gator to scare them. It doesn’t scare the alligator and all of the dogs go after the ball and mass hysteria ensues (it wasn’t Ryan or I who did this by the way, haha, we just witnessed it).
4. I’ve never noticed this in other cities, but here it seems like most of the main street names are named after people. Sam Rittenburg, Johnny Dodds… who are these guys?? I have some SC historical research to do.
5. It took us by surprise to see “Go Cocks!” on people’s tshirts (the USC mascot is called a Gamecock)
6. Walmarts are SO much nicer here! They are bright, clean, have helpful employees, and play fun music. I actually don’t mind going to a Walmart anymore.
7. While at said Walmart, I did see pickled eggs in the candy aisle. I think perhaps I have a different idea of what “candy” is than a lot of people down here.
At our grocery store, I also found this wall of pickled disgustingness:
8. Our first meal when we got to town was at a BBQ place where they played Christian music and had the 10 Commandments printed on the drink cups. On a pop radio station the other day, the DJ was talking about something and said the phrase “Take a wife”, which made me feel weird for a second. Overall though, I think Charleston is a much more liberal city than a lot of Southern cities which I’m grateful for.
9. Anyone ever seen an anti-rape billboard? Us either. But they are all over the highways here.
10. Not surprising, but lot’s of people have Southern names that I’ve never heard of: Gettys, Jalone, Reddit, Granger.
It has been so fun living here the past couple months and exploring a new part of the country. Our guest room is almost finished, so if you’d like to come see this place for yourself, you just let me know!