ScanIAm wrote:

Exactly, and I'm fine with that, now, but it doesn't 'feel' right.  That's my own cross to bear Smiley

string s = "bob";

just seems safer.

It may seem to you safer, but if you dig deeper into the innner workings of .Net (reading books, blogs, articles etc)  it won't seem safer anymore it will seem redundant and also less performant.