capta I'm not trying to convince you otherwise, I certainly get how a place can be etched in one's mind. And really, you are right, by most standards New Bern *is* pretty boring.Maybe it has changed, but it wasn't an interesting enough place to have bothered to go to back then for any reason I could see, so I doubt it will entice me back to change my mind, now.
and for the record, I have huge respect for you and all that you bring to this forum. I've learned a lot from your posts.
But New Bern has changed since you have been there. It's a quiet, lovely town with a lot of history. It was the original capital of NC. before it was moved to Raleigh (now, Raleigh is a place with plenty of Malls and Cinemas for ya!). It's among the oldest towns in NC. It has a quaint downtown with restaurants and shops. it has a lovely waterfront park. There are some marine based businesses now. And many folks choose to move their boat to New Bern as they are staging for a long trip, or to set off for good. There is a lot to like in New Bern ... especially if you are like me and don't mind boring one bit.
But regardless of how we feel about New Bern, I think it's important for us all to understand that there is a lot of suffering in New Bern right now. Both in, and outside of, the boating community.