Thank you all for your responses and the warm welcome.
Rowe: Thanks for the heads up. I am not easily offended. I hear the same complaints from so many men. "Women have too much baggage." "You always have to pay for the mistakes of the last man", etc. I only want to let the intelligent brothas out here know that not all of us who have been hurt cause havoc in future relationships. Yeah, we all have hangups and I was on the "men are so f---ing trifling" path for a minute. But I woke up and I refuse to let this man take away my dream!
Ddouble: How interesting.... I am a "local" and I have found that local men tend to be more intrigued with or interested in women who are NOT from Charlotte. The guy that I talk about in this story is a local. I felt a real connection with him in that we could both remember shopping downtown with our grannies when Belk and Iveys were uptown where the BOA Corporate Center now stands, etc. Nowadays, its so rare to find anyone who is an original Charlottean. You would certainly have better luck with social interaction'06.