Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Calling All 50 States!

Posted August 28, 2007

I really need your help with this!

Would it be possible to hear from Carolina Conversations readers in all 50 states?

I know a lot of out-of-staters read the blog so wouldn’t it be fun to have readers from all across America offer a post on what they like or miss about North Carolina.

I will give a prize to the most faraway poster.

If you have friends in other states please ask them to check out this blog and post a brief message stating where they’re living or vacationing. I’ll send a prize to the person who recruits the most out-of-state posters. 

Maybe this is too ambitious but it’s worth a try. I’ve got my US map and push pins ready to keep track of the coverage.

We'll try to cover all 50 states by Friday!  Come on Rhode Island.  Don't let us down.

If it doesn’t work we can try all 100 NC counties. I’m also eager to hear from Polly in Perquimans and Rudy in Randolph.


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  • kaylor Aug 30, 2007

    i'm a born and bred raleigh girl, but have been traveling for the past 8 months in new zealand, australia and southeast asia. i'm writing right now from siem reap, cambodia and just got back from visiting angkor wat at sunrise. this area of the world is breathtakingly beautiful, but i do miss home. to me north carolina is bbq, sweet tea, saturday afternoon carolina football games, chilly fall nights, carolina campus during the fall and the nc state fair (yummy corn on the cob!)...i come home in less than a month, so go ahead and put the pig on the spit. oh and throw a few sundrops and cheerwines into a cooler for me, too.

  • dholt Aug 29, 2007

    Howdy Bill...I've lived in the metro Atlanta, GA area for the past 15 years. When I retire from my job, I'll be moving back to NC. Born & raised in Raleigh/Smithfield, I miss all that good BBQ, Morehead City/Beaufort (we still go there every year for vacation), the mountains & the entire state.

  • moviesamurai17 Aug 29, 2007

    Hey Bill Hows it going? I heard from will that he's finally off to College! He gave me a call the other night to let me know how he is doing!

    My mom told me about you blog so a BIG ALOOOOHA from Marine Corps Base Hawaii! I hope the fam is doing well! I'll be heading back around Christmas so maybe we can shoot some hoops or something! Take Care and God Bless!

    - LCpl James Ryan Gary USMC

  • pstang Aug 29, 2007

    South Bend, Indiana here... just moved here from Prospect Hill, NC... I got a new job here, but am very much a Tarheel state person at heart.

  • weasleyes Aug 29, 2007

    Bill, although I am a native North Carolinian, I lived in Arizona for almost 2 years. I have traveled extensively in the west for 30 years. As to tex-mex BBQ, I agree with Decker, that the hole-in-the-wall restaurants are the best (although County Line on the Riverwalk and in Austin) does a pretty darn good job! The best western BBQ (brisket, sausage, etc.) that I have ever found is in a place that looked like it was falling down. This is Clark's Outpost in Tiago, Texas, about 35 miles north of Dallas. Magnificent!

  • lykinsnhim Aug 28, 2007

    Hi Bill.

    My name's Ben and my family and I are living in Singapore on a job assignment for a couple of years. I suppose that doesn't quite match your request for people from the fifty states, but Singapore is a long distance from Raleigh!

    We lived in Raleigh for 12 years before coming here. Almost daily I keep up with the news and weather from It's one of our connections with home. We miss our wonderful friends from Raleigh, Carolina BBQ, College football and basketball, and most of all the people from Providence Baptist Church.

    Thanks for giving us an opportunity to check-in.


    - Ben

  • theodore864 Aug 28, 2007

    too bad you didn't post this when I was in Greece on vacation... :(

  • dgagne Aug 28, 2007

    Heard about this thru a friend of ours in NC who teaches clogging for the East Country Hoedowners. What do I miss about NC? Well, after living here in Germany (does Germany count for the farthest post?)for the past 28 years, I really do miss the smell of those Pines, the excellent golf courses, the friendliest people I've ever met anywhere on this planet with that beautiful NC accent. And I sure do miss the Square Dancing and Clogging Hoedowns! How do I know this? I used to live in Fayetteville in 1977-78 while stationed at Ft Bragg.
    Was back for a visit a few years ago in Mars Hill and Raleigh.
    All the best- keep up the good work!
    Dennis & Gertraud Gagne, Leonberg, Germany (Stuttgart area- home of Mercedes and Porsche)

  • outlawtaxi Aug 28, 2007

    Hi Bill,
    I grew up in Arkansas, my husband grew up in Colorado & we've lived in both places. Raleigh is home now, although we miss family & friends who are still there. Went to Colorado on vacation right before Memorial Day & actually saw fresh snow on top of Pike's Peak. Wish we could have some of it here now in all this heat! I love North Carolina & the friends I've made here & I've actually learned to like both kinds of NC barbque!

  • evergreen Aug 28, 2007

    I've lived in Washington State since 1990, when I moved from Raleigh. Bill, believe it or not, I grew up in Morganton and still return annually, as my mother still lives there. (Jack Campbell was my choir director, so it won't take six degrees of separation to find our common link.) If Washington State isn't far enough away, my husband and I spend half our year in Nanaimo, BC, Canada, on Vancouver Island.




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