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  • Birthday 12/29/1958

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    Jennifer, Windsurfing, Ham Radio, travel

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  1. I'm just repeating what she tells me. I too took many disparate courses at Appalachian, but that was back in 1978-81. The pressure to graduate in four years was seemingly a lot less than it appears to be now. MANY of my buddies took 5-6 years and it was no biggie. Did you take your general courses at UNCC?
  2. I'm talking about the expediency and sense of fast tracking. In the universities' efforts to showcase how so many students graduate in four years, they're not allowing for folks to shop around, so to speak, and try different majors. She has students coming to her really stressed out over the majors they committed to early on, but now have second thoughts.
  3. Just curious. My wife teaches and does some advising out there at UNCC. The big thing these days is the tracts they're 'encouraged' to follow. There's even an app for it so that freshmen will figure out what they want to be the rest of their lives before they even take electives. Congrats on your success!
  4. Wouldn't it be ironic if we returned to the Overstreet Mall concept, but with scanners at the door to make sure no weapons.
  5. Nooooohhhh! Keep things local. What are merchandisers like me going to do against all these incentives we give to Amazon, IKEA, and others ? It's hard enough to compete with their buying power, but I understand that. The incentives, I don't (IKEA is a "non profit")
  6. Didn't they already try a small version in the Overstreet Mall years ago? Granted, pre online retail.
  7. I used to fantasize contacting Powell's books in Portland about the Builders' Building on West Trade. Too bad it's been derelict for so long.
  8. I didn't realize it was so cheap in those places. Thanks. How does Barnes and Nobles, and others, survive in Manhatten? You're obviously in the know. While we owned a building down on Cedar St, we were getting around 20-25/ sq foot and that was too cheap. That said we also owned a store front on West Trade (sold about 4 years ago) and got around $20/ sq ft.) Wouldn't a developer be able to advertize something like a B & N in their building as a sort of amenity. (?)
  9. Interesting question, as I'm 'sort of' in retail. And, yes, merchandising is going downhill right now. Maybe one day things will come back around. In the meantime, I visited downtown Greensboro last weekend. That Scuppernong Book store was PACKED. The bookstores in Asheville are always packed. Why can't we get at least one freakin' bookstore in uptown Charlotte ? Does the banking crowd just not like books?
  10. Thanks for the thoughtful reply, and I'll just throw this last thought (and leave) out since I've obviously helped hijack the thread: I've lived in Charleston and I cannot begin to tell you the disgusting lack of environmental enforcement in that water. You could not pay me to eat any seafood, like oysters, that might have come from the area. (Make sure your Mahi Mahi came from the Gulfstream!). It' s nice to say jobs will lead to happier lifestyles, higher standard of livings, ect. But the truth is, when it comes to upper management trying to appease shareholders, bilges get dumped at night, diesel overfilling happens and custom agents are way too busy to catch infractions. Ports and the surrounding waters are filthy. If i don't wash my wetsuits out, and take showers immediately after windsurfing Charleston or Southport, I have consequences to pay. More industrialization is not the answer. And, by the way, I think you'll find most Lowlanders WOULD prefer sanitary seafood over jobs in a warehouse or loading dock. I have several friends who have lost their jobs come fishing season. ;-) Seafood is the canary in the coalmine.
  11. Unfortunately, much of the push for expansion has to do with shipping wood pellets from our ground up trees to The UK. (See Enviva Corp.)
  12. This is where you and I vastly disagree. All those jobs don't mean a thing if you can't eat the fish and oysters from near those busy ports, let alone swim in the water without getting whelts on your skin (Sullivan's Island example). That doesn't even begin to touch on the problem of the damage to the river and inlets. And, "those on lower rungs " also vacation and need clean beaches. Not everyone can go to Figure Eight; this is why Kure and Carolina ARE so popular. Again, what really is the big deal with going to Charleston or Savannah.? Don't the folks from the "lower rungs" in those places deserve jobs too? I'm not trying to be obstinate, but this business of moving the goal posts (sprawl, growth, dredging wetlands, etc) for the sake of jobs has have push back. This country has enough Long Beaches, New Jerseys, Texas Cities, Charlestons, Newport News. and on and on. We need more protection for the environment. Without that, jobs don't mean diddly.
  13. Which means a LOT more dredging to keep the channel open with such a high sediment factor of Cape Fear River. Don't you think that Morehead City is a competing factor too? Savannah is Georgia's only port. Charleston is S.C's only whereas we have two. I really don't understand the big deal in using Charleston or Savannah myself. The water around those ports is pretty dirty compared to Kure Beach and Bald Head Island. I'd almost rather have clean beaches.
  14. Even accounting for a full 'nuther foundation?
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