Jul. 14, 2016

Moving on to the other Carolina!

Hello friends,

I pray that all of you are well and safe, wherever you call home. I'm having a rest day in Charlotte, NC. Now that I have completed my South Carolina gig, I am now focused on the next one as I sit in my motel waiting for a few inquiries that I have already sent out. There is plenty of work here in NC, so I'm optimistic about my chances.

I do have to admit that in South Carolina, I experienced both the highs and the lows of my journey. Work related of course. As far as the state is concerned, it is probably the most impressive state I've visited. The people, food and scenic beauty were everywhere! I really fell in love with the city of Charleston to be sure. I would  love to return someday as a tourist and enjoy the cities rich history and points of interest. I will make sure that the climate is more agreeable.I spent in total six days in the state and pretty much covered most of it. I was impressed, despite the initial struggle to find work. 

I realize that it's probably not enough time to get a true picture of the entire area, but I really felt like I got a glimpse of the true southern style that I had read and seen on the television. The hospitality and charm of the south is alive and well here in the Carolinas. Having grown up in Arizona, I was only exposed to the mostly Anglo and Hispanic culture. I at times feel out of place in the mix of people that make up the majority of races here. There are few Latinos around, and even fewer who speak fluent English. I am constantly surprising folks when we converse, as they seem thrown aback by my speaking ability. I don't get offended by their reaction. It only natural when you are out of your element.

My way has always been to try to be friendly and positive with people, but especially strangers. I love to greet and talk to everyone I encounter at every opportunity. Wheather the clerk at the store or the man in line or the woman at the beach. A 'Hello' or a wave to a complete strangers usually gets me a pleasant conversation, if only for a few minutes. All of us humans just want to be acknowledged and treated kindly at times, and for me, it doesn't cost me a thing to be friendly.

Well as you can tell, if you follow my Blog, I am feeling better these days. I hope your day is a good and positive one also. Thanks for taking a few minutes of your precious time to indulge me with my adventure. It is well appreciated.

Thanks you kindly, Juanjohn