Ah, okay; thanks for the explanation.
"So, you moved here two years ago, huh?"
Bit more than that by this point, but yeah, still under three.
"Where did you move from"
Georgia (the state, not the country). Apparently sometimes called "the Empire State of the South", interestingly, though I don't recall if I ever heard that in person.
"and what brought you to the Empire State?"
Well, I had a friend up here with a room to rent, and I thought I'd try for a PhD at Stony Brook (that didn't work out, unfortunately). I've also got some old connections to the state; my mother's from here (the state, not Long Island), she and my father met and had me in NYC (but moved south soon after), and for most of my childhood we'd take summer trips up to visit my maternal grandparents on the shores of Lake Ontario.