Back when I mentioned that we had a pretty definite move date for the first time, an anonymous commenter posted to say that they were "surprised and disappointed" in me because I was excited about leaving London for Raleigh. That they'd recently had the "misfortune" of being there for some amount of time and found it to be dreadful - I think "backwards" was the verbage that was used. Of course, I simply deleted the comment but I was annoyed.
But also sad for them. Because this person obviously didn't get to see the great things about Raleigh. This person likely arrived with a closed mind and expected it to be a generic southern town. And in some ways it is. But in other ways, it's extraordinary. You'd be hard pressed to find another small city whose locals are so passionate about their home.
I don't know where this person stayed when they were in town but I would be willing to bet it wasn't anywhere near the downtown buzz and independent shops. I bet they didn't go to The Cupcake Shoppe for a sweet treat. I bet they didn't pop into Uniquities or Revolver for a browse. I bet they didn't have Holly Aiken make them a handbag. I don't know where this person ate meals but I'm certain it wasn't at Second Empire or Poole's or Vivace or any of the multitude of other great little local places. I bet they didn't go to a Carolina Hurricanes game either.
Overall, I was reminded of one of my favorite lines from Sex and the City. The episode is about Carrie's love affair with NYC and when she's talking to one of the sailors in town for Fleet Week, he tells her he's not a big fan of New York. Too dirty, too noisy for him. She walks away and says that she can't have nobody talkin' shit about her boyfriend.
Well, whoever you were, hiding behind the anonymous comment... I'm sorry but where I come from, us girlfriends get each others backs. And I just can't have people coming here to my home on the web and talkin' shit about my girl.