I'm 6' 4" so you're no lepper... you're a goddess! As you can see from my blog, you're not alone. If it wasn't so difficult to return up North, half the South would be gone. It's a Fool's Paradise. I have another blog on eons.com and it too is filled with horror stories from people such as you and I.
Interestingly, an article in the New York Times today stated that Florida, which saw a significant drop in it's annual influx of New Yorkers, lost more people to other states -- nearly 10,000 more -- than it gained for the first time in recent history. Ya suppose they're disenchanted with the South too? The Times went on to say that New York is the leading domestic source of migrants to Florida. In 2005, about 100,000 New Yorkers moved to Florida and 25,000 Floridians moved to New York. Two years later, those numbers dropped to fewer than 60,000 New Yorkers' moving to Florida and 32,000 Floridians' moving to New York. So when you look at the numbers, for every two that move to Florida, one returns! But... how many people up North thinking about relocating down South really know that? If they did, they'd think twice. Charlotte is no better, and with Bank of America getting ready to let go of thousands of employees, I suspect you'll be seeing a lot of homes for sale down there.
Hopefully, we'll be seeing your glorious body up North soon. I made it back and so can you!