I ended up liking Charlotte a lot. Good vibes everywhere. Good people. They're relaxed. It's what I expected. There's a big part of America out there in between the Almighty Coasts. And you know what, I don't wave the flag, and am appalled by a ton of things America and Americans do and have done, but underneath I love this country and Americans for the good stuff (did you see Gracie Gold skating in the Olympics -- wow!). A lot of kindness and simpatico here in North Carolina. I have a ton of stuff to report from the Home & Garden Show, but it'll have to wait. Actually, I just got the idea to do a YouTube slide show with vocal description of this trip. "These two little buildings, abandoned, neglected, behind an abandoned house, both perfect in proportion…architects should study country buildings…"
It's Monday morning, am at a Starbucks. In the land of fast-food and characterless and interminable malls, a Starbucks can be a haven. (Had to come back to mall-land to get a motel last night.)
After this song finishes, I'm heading out on some back roads. I took an extra 1-1/2 days to hunt and shoot (Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1, mighty fine little camera).