Southern Comfort

Stick was hired by Epic Games as a playtester! It’s a great situation for him, sure, it’s not actually sitting at home playing WarCraft all day but it’s close.

The job’s in Raleigh, so now we’re going to be southerners! Waffle House and Bojangles all the time! Stick and I have often talked about moving to North Carolina, where a lot of his family lives, but I thought we’d end up there much later, sometime in the far future when we’re looking to settle down. Suddenly eventually is now.

I’m so happy for Stick, but I’ve got some mixed feelings about all these changes. I’m excited for real coffee, constantly in my reach!  And check-out lines are awesome! It’s an actual line and not a check-out stampede, and while you’re waiting, you can read magazines! It’s great to be home! But in other ways, I’m addicted to the extremes of Chinese life, and a little bit to the challenge of speaking Mandarin.

It turns out that Raleigh has two circular highways. They’re called 440 and 540, but I’m going to call them the ring roads.

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10 Responses to Southern Comfort

  1. Cory says:

    540 isn’t actually a complete loop … they’re undecided on if it’ll be completed. So you can call it the ring and a half. Or maybe the doughnut and bearclaw.

    But ring has a nice, uh, ring to it :D

  2. G says:

    Circular highways? Ring roads? What the heck are those?

    Any kind of highway that we don’t have here in Jersey don’t count as real highways to me.

  3. Meg says:

    G — Beijing has concentric circular highways called ring roads (radiating out from the Forbidden City), which makes navigating much easier when you can say something is on the NW corner of the second ring or something like that.

    Cory — Oops. BTW, when someone says they’re “near the beltway” what road are they talking about?

  4. Stick says:

    The ring roads just aren’t the same without all of the taxis. I miss the Beijing taxi drivers. “Yihai Hua YARRR!!”

  5. Meg says:

    Zai naRRRRR?

  6. Cory says:

    I think the term you’re thinking of is “inside the beltline” … basically, all it means is closer to center of the city. Since it’s a circle, if you live inside the circle, you’re inside the beltline. Housing is much expensive (expect for the slummy areas). For example famous dead guy Jesse Helms lived inside the beltline.

  7. Kevin says:

    I can’t believe you’re moving to the south!

  8. Cory says:

    Raleigh is South Lite, really … half the people are from the Northeast (along with Michigan and Ohio). Only you get sweet tea and Bojangles to go with it.

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