Heh, yeah, I can think of several more specific terms for small towns like that.
I got what you were saying, though. It's the same situation when I make generalizations about things like that. Even in seemingly culturally-homogenous rural areas, you get a certain percentage of people who don't fit the majority stereotype. It just makes it suck more, for those people. We have a lot of people on Atheist Nexus, living out in the middle of nowhere, who don't know another atheist, in person.
Heh heh heh heh heh. You know, it's funny, but I actually had a client support run to Marshville, once. I supported the company's work-from-home employees. The Charlotte office is on the south side, so most of the employees from that office who chose to go work from home were in the northern suburbs, since they had a longer drive. Some of the ones a ways out into the sticks on the south side elected to become work-from-home employees, though.
The Triad work-from-home employees were mostly in Winston-Salem or flung way the hell out into the middle of nowhere (Boone, Wilkesboro, Mount Airy, King, or Rural Hall), on the northwest side of Winston-Salem, since the Winston-Salem office is on University Parkway, right off of 52.
I know exactly what you mean. I've never lived in a town that small, but I've been through plenty of them, here in North Carolina. The larger cities are decent enough, but once you get more than 5 or 10 miles outside of a major urban cluster, the shoulders get crimson at a very rapid rate. Over here, we've got Youngsville. The town, Wake Forest, which it's stuck onto the side of, is a real suburb of Raleigh and is passable. Youngsville is just a little bit too far out, though. It's real country.
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Jeeze, Winston-Salem is more liberal than where you moved from? Heh. Where the heck were you living before?
Yeah, I don't know how things are looking with a good Triad group getting started. I think the biggest problem is the density. It's so freaking spread out, almost like three truly separate cities. It was all one big thing, for me, and it didn't make a difference which part I had to go to. That was easy for me to say, though, since I was on the clock and getting an excessive amount of mileage compensation.
The Triangle is easier to navigate and get high activity-attendance, because it's a more solid mass. There are three distinct downtown-density clusters, but it's solid suburban sprawl spreading between them, and the airport is very centralized, meaning that there's a good deal of entertainment infrastructure in a central location. Plus, the presence of three major universities has a great effect on the demographics.
Charlotte is just big and dense, by itself. Totally different scenario, there. I think those are the only two places with thriving atheism communities.
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Ah, greetings. I can imagine what it must be like, over in Winston-Salem. I don't think the Triad groups are nearly as active as the Triangle groups. We have a few people who drive over from Greensboro for our events, because they can't get much going over there.
Plus, I know a bit about the Winston-Salem area. My last job involved supporting a whole bunch of clients in Winston-Salem (the second largest office was there), in addition to others scattered all over the state. Winston-Salem seems like a much more conservative and religious city than anywhere in the Triangle, judging from my bit of exposure.
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