Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Triad Information

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Now it’s Wednesday morning by the lake…of course with coffee. The cicadas are especially raucous this morning. Kevin the realtor is waiting to hear back from inspectors but expects it can be inspected this week. A Tropical Storm is in Florida and they expect heavy rains soon. It was windy and rained a bit last night. We are looking forward to the rain. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms aren’t much of a problem this far inland. We’ve heard we don’t really get any severe weather here. Yesterday we were watching some guys fish. I’m not sure what they were catching but it was about 2 inches long and they were throwing them back. They killed a tiny water moccasin (a snake, not an aqua-shoe.) and tried using it as bait … without any luck. Paige gave me a haircut, so I’m not so scruffy. I also shaved my “beard” back down to a goatee. It doesn’t grow well on the sides of my face. It’s strange considering my dad might be part gorilla. Ha. Ha. (You know I love ya!) Well we are going to look at furniture in High Point (The Furniture and Hosiery Capital of the World). More later. It’s Wednesday evening and we had a pretty serious storm. We were in Target when it struck. Heavy rain with wicked lightning. It was so loud and close that it caused the emergency exit alarms to go off. Neither of us had seen anything like it. I got Clearwire internet so I should be able to get online and update the blog anytime I want. We found a great couch. We’ll upload pictures of it soon. More tomorrow. m

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Hi guys, its Tuesday morning, coffee by the lake and updating the blog. We are just waiting to hear more from the realtor. We’d like to go back into the house but they are turning the utilities on for the inspections and we’ll be there for those. Here is a joke we heard at church:
A man went to a monastery and informed them the he wanted to become part of their community. They told him that he could stay but he had to take a vow of silence and the only time he could speak was at the end of five years, and then he could only speak two words. He agreed. At the end of the five years they asked him if he had anything to say, and he said, “Bed’s hard.” Another five years went by and they asked him if he had anything to say, and he said “Food’s cold.” Monastery life resumed and another five years went by and they asked him if he had anything to say, and he said “I’m leaving” to which the Monks replied, “It’s probably for the best, you’ve done nothing but complain since you got here.”

Below is some information on the Triad area. The metro area is bigger than we thought, it’s about 1.5 Million souls.

Piedmont Triad From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Location in North Carolina:

The Piedmont Triad is a region of North Carolina (locally known simply as "The Triad") in the Piedmont that consists of the area within and surrounding the cities of Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point. The area is connected by Interstates 40, 85, 73, & 74 and is served by the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Long known as one of the primary manufacturing and transportation hubs of the southeastern U.S., the Triad is also an important educational and cultural region and occupies a prominent place in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement. The Triad should not be confused with the "Triangle" region (Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill) directly to the east.

Winston-Salem From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Founded: 1766 (Salem) 1849 (Winston) Incorporated: 1913
Nickname: "Twin City"
Winston-Salem is a city in Forsyth (For-Sith) County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 185,776. It is the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, and the fifth-largest city in the state. Winston-Salem is a prominent municipality in the Piedmont Triad region and home to the tallest building in the area, the Wachovia Center. It is often referred to as the "Twin City" for its dual heritage. The Old Salem district and related Historic Bethabara site are the city's oldest historical attractions. Also of historical interest is Reynolda Village (which includes Reynolda Gardens and the Reynolda House Museum of American Art). Other sites of interest include the Horne Creek Historic Farm, Tanglewood Park, the SciWorks educational facility, and SECCA, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.The Winston-Salem metropolitan area (MSA) has an estimated population of 441,607 according to the 2004 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau. The combined statistical area (CSA) of Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point has a July 1, 2005 population of 1,490,886. Source: US Bureau of the Census Released April 2006

Climate: The climate in High Point is temperate, with four seasons. Summers tend to be hot and sometimes humid, with the dewpoints rising to the upper 60s and low 70s during July and August. Fall and spring are mild. Winters are cold, but only a few days every winter does the temperature drop below -5° C. Rainfall patterns are generally spread evenly throughout the year, with between six and nine wet days per month. Snowfall is unpredictable, with some winters experiencing little and others characterised by occasional snowstorms. January lows average -3° C (28° F) and highs average 7° C (48° F). July lows average 19° C (67° F) and highs average 30° C (88° F) although during heat waves, summer highs can cross 35° C (95° F). The lowest temperature ever officially recorded for the city was -22° C (-7° F), and the highest temperature ever recorded was 40° C (104° F). High Point has a humid continental climate, though being located between the mountains and the ocean it experiences less temperature fluctuation than inland areas.

Greensboro From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nickname: "Gate City"

Greensboro, North Carolina, is a city in Guilford County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the largest city in the Piedmont Triad region.As of the 2000 census, the city population was 223,891, making it the third most populous city in North Carolina. Its estimated 2006 population is 240,955.It is located at the intersection of two interstate highways (I-85 and I-40) in the Piedmont ("foot of the mountains") region in central North Carolina.In 1808, Greensborough (as it was spelled before 1895) was planned around a central courthouse square to replace Guilford Court House as the county seat. This act moved the county courts closer to the geographical center of the county, a location more easily reached by a greater number of the county's citizens.The town is home to several universities and colleges. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T), Guilford College, Bennett College, and Greensboro College all call Greensboro home. In addition, the state community college system has several campuses for Guilford Technical Community College. In August of 2006, the Elon University School of Law opened a campus in downtown Greensboro.The city is the home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball club of the South Atlantic League and the Carolina Dynamo of the USL Premier Development League. The Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, one of the oldest national PGA Tour golf events, is held in Greensboro every fall at Forest Oaks Country Club.

High Point From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nickname: "Furniture and Hosiery Capital of the World"

High Point is a city in North Carolina, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 85,839. (Estimates now place the city population at around 100,000).High Point is known for its furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. It is generally regarded as the "Furniture Capital of the World" and "North Carolina's International City" due to the bi-annual High Point Market that attracts 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from around the world. The area code is 336.It is home to the only Bentley dealership in all neighboring states.Most of the city is located in Guilford County, with portions spilling into neighboring Randolph, and Forsyth counties.