People down here can’t get over the fact that I like iced tea, but I drink it without any sweetener at all. They all like their “sweet tea.” One fellow tells me his “Momma makes sweet tea with so much sugar the pitcher she puts it in became a diabetic.” Well, I am a diabetic, and that is why I get the unsweetened tea when out. My wife uses artificial sweetener. I don’t like the taste. I’m not a perfect fit for southern living, but when we looked for apartments for rent in North Charleston, I felt we found a place we could call home.

I have been here 20 years and have not picked up the accent. I still sound as north as a suburban boy could be. Coworkers still refer to me as the “Yankee.” I can out-fish and out-hunt all of them. Though, I do my hunting with a camera, I get closer to animals every day that they wait season after season to get close to. One guy wanted me to go with him during hunting season. He said I could take pictures before he shoots. They accept me for being me even though they joke around. We like it down here in North Charleston. We are in an area that is city, but the people have more of a rural demeanor to them. At least the people we know. That is one thing I like about where we live.

When we were looking for apartments for rent in North Charleston, we wanted neighbors who were friendly and quiet. I do like my quiet even though we like living in the city so we are close to shopping, dining, work and entertainment places that North Charleston and Charleston have to offer. Charleston is just down the road from us, and the next stop is the bay leading out to the ocean. It is a nice place to live here as we go to the beach practically every weekend to do some metal detecting.

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