If I replace "Typology Central" with "North Carolina" it becomes glaringly apparent why I've avoided it since 1999 even if I have friends there, even best friends, and act accordingly.
We live in California now for a reason, even bright blue West Virginia is regionally better.
I realized that when I lived in certain parts of the country, worked in certain jobs, or what have you, that I repeatedly encountered the dumbest fucking people imaginable, really ignorant morons, political dumbfucks trapped in the stone age, drunks with brain damage, and sexist pigs.
Why not also treat the Internet as if it is a geographical place. It practically is.
Live in California. Visit West Virginia rarely. Avoid North Carolina entirely.
Replace "North Carolina" with "Typology Central" and remember it's best to stay in touch with North Carolina friends via phone or facebook instead of actually GOING THERE.
"Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul." - Edward Abbey