Good to Be Home

It’s good to be home. One of the great things about Charlotte is that there’s so much good and dirt cheap food that it almost makes more sense to eat out than to cook at home. Five or six bucks will buy you a complete meal with entree and two sides at any number of places, and it’s even cheaper at the cafeteria, where you don’t really have to tip. We could eat someplace different this way every night for months, particularly when you factor in all the assorted ethnic places which weren’t around when I lived here before…

And should we decide to eat at home, the groceries are dramatically cheaper too. It’s amazing how having multiple competing grocery store chains will stretch your food budget…

Other random observations about Charlotte:

  • Bellsouth sure is stingy with the phone books. SBC seems anxious to circulate as many as possible; you can get them at just about any supermarket. With Bellsouth, it’s like pulling teeth. They won’t even give you an office address where you can come to pick one up.
  • Obviously they’re doing something right here with respect to residential development in the center city. It’s absolutely amazing how much there is…
  • It’s so cute that finding graffiti on an abandoned building in the suburbs was actually worthy of a TV news story the other night…
  • I’d forgotten just how polite everyone is. Except the manager of the Steak & Shake near our house…
  • It’s really nice not sitting up in bed at 11:00 at night trying to remember if your car is parked legally or not…
  • How much do you think it cost Food Lion to license the theme from “The Andy Griffith Show” for its ads?
  • I’ve not yet run into a single task which wasn’t ten times easier to perform here than it is in San Francisco. Then again, I haven’t tried to buy drugs on the street or have anonymous sex with a homeless, syphilitic speed freak yet…
  • Aside from leaving some very good friends behind, I have no regrets whatsoever about leaving the City of Doom…

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