BLAINESWORLD #829, Section 2, part 2

(1) Terry V. in NC: Loved this installment!  Do you think that dance to Happy Together is what broke up the Beatles?

Thanks for your shout out to SART.  They really do amazing work.

Answer: Stranger things have happened. As for SART, that organization rocks–as does Terry . . . by the way, Terry is Terry Van Duyn, a candidate for one of the Buncombe County Commissioner positions. Please do vote for her!

(2) Linda S. in NJ: I have a favor to ask:  I have dear friends, Sherri and Ron Daniels, who live in Florence here in NJ.  Ron is retired and Sherri works in the financial industry.  They have decided that they would like to retire in NC, Asheville specifically, and would like to come to look in the next few weeks.  They’ve read about the area and it satisfies many of their wants and needs.
Would you be willing to talk to them about Asheville ?  I realized after listening to them discuss their decision, that I knew you and that you lived in Asheville.  What a coincidence!  I see from your newsletter that you use a community from it restaurants, to its theaters, to its governance, to its new and more local people, to its transportation… just eat it up.  They’re the same.  They LIVE in the community in which they have their home.
I think Asheville is a good choice for them, but that’s based on being there once.  Not good enough.
If you’re willing to talk to Sherri and Ron, send me your phone number and they’ll contact you themselves.
Thanks for considering my request.  I hope you’re well and enjoying this hot, hot summer.
Response: I’d be glad to speak with them. Have them contact me. Asheville is great for just about anymore.
For more information, please click this information I’ve put together on the area:
(3) Chris F. in PA:  Excellent blog this week!  I laughed more than usual. (Is that a backwards compliment?)
(4) Walter W. in PA: Treme Returns Sunday, September 23 at 10 p.m. on HBO. Super show.
(5) Barbara F. in PA: Pat yourself on the back…………  Awesome, amazing newsletter as usual, but this week, it had a special “zing” to it!!  Thanks for sharing!  (really enjoyed it)
(6) Micah S. in PA:   Larry McMurtry’s Book Auction
(7) Carol S. in PA: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook
(8) Jane H. in NC: Carolina Mountains Credit Union:  Making a Difference By Where You Bank
Carolina Mountains Credit Union is the new WNC retail division of Self-Help Credit Union, located at 1911 Hendersonville Road in Asheville and with branches in Hendersonville, Rosman, and Penrose.   Self-Help Credit Union is a community-based, member-owned, living-wage-certified  non-profit lender with the mission of creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity for all, especially people of color, women, rural residents, and low-wealth families and communities.  In its more than 30-year history, Self-Help has made more than $6 billion in loans, of which 82% were to low-income borrowers.  Recently featured in Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Non-Profits, Self-Help is also one of only three CDFI’s (community development financial institutions) and the onlyCDCU (community development credit union) in the area.  By opening an account of any kind at Carolina Mountains, you can thus have a direct and immediate economic impact in your local community.  Our current specialized programs include loans to green businesses, loans for energy efficiency upgrades, and loans to manufacturers that are creating jobs—in addition to our standard home and commercial loans.  Our rates on CD’s and money markets are competitively priced and often above market rate.  We also offer specialized “Green” and “Women and Children” certificates of deposit that go directly toward supporting our work in green lending as well as our loans to child care centers, affordable housing, and woman-owned businesses.To learn more about us, please visit our website at or go to our Facebook page address at or call us at 866-293-7893.
(9) Nelson S. in NC:  Are You Smarter Than a Bible School-Educated Louisianan?
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