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‎8.20.2011 … Run, Molly, run …

Charlotte Latin School, CLS XC, kith/kin:  Charlotte high school cross-country season began today … Nice 3K at McAlpine Park. Next weekend is Hendersonville …

Charlotte:

That clinking, clanking sound in Charlotte isn’t just America’s largest bank getting richer. It’s the sound of the New South growing. “Charlotte is one of the best-kept secrets in the country,” says Mayor Anthony Foxx, “but in the very near future it’ll be one of the worst-kept.” With the Democratic National Convention descending next fall, bringing 30,000-plus delegates, journalists and other visitors, he’s right.

via Best Value Cities 2011: 2. Charlotte, N.C..

GA politics: 2011 redistricting, kith/kin: He’s right in the thick of it … I honestly believe he has the best interests of the state.  But man, politics are ugly.

The process caused friction among Democrats. Majority Whip Rep. Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, and Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, continued their contentious exchange from a committee hearing earlier this week. Lindsey said some Democrats would support the maps but won’t vote for them out of fear of political retribution.

Lindsey displayed on giant screens in the House chamber a copy of an e-mail Abrams sent her caucus warning that a vote in favor of the Republican plan could lead to primary opposition next year.

Democrats, Lindsey said, aren’t publicly supporting the maps “not because these aren’t fair maps, it’s because they’ve been threatened with their political future if they vote for it.”

Abrams said it was not a threat. She also did not back off the message

via Lawmakers approve new political boundaries  | ajc

recipes, summer, tomato pie:  Tomato Pie is the epitome of summer!

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With its biscuity buttermilk crust, this rustic pie is our new summertime staple. Let the pie cool for at least one hour before serving.

via Tomato and Cheddar Pie: BA Daily: Blogs : bonappetit.com.

food-drink, random: 

ice cubes

The answers Simone heard from older family members and from strangers in New York’s Russian immigrant–dominated Brighton Beach were all over the place: A Chechen antiques dealer said, “Who knows where that ice came from? It’s probably dirty.” A bar patron posited that ice dilutes a drink, but had no answer for why, then, it shouldn’t be used in water. A Siberian friend pointed out that they are already surrounded by ice for most of the year, and another said maybe it was because they have bad teeth that were sensitive to the cold.

One explanation I’ve heard elsewhere, and which may hold some truth, is that Europeans see ice as taking up valuable real estate in the glass, so that they would feel cheated if they got too much ice and too little beverage. This theory has two problems: It doesn’t explain, again, why water shouldn’t be served with ice, and it doesn’t take into account the fact that one is often served a whole can or bottle of soda, which could then be used to refill the glass. My guess on the first issue is that drinking water with a meal is (or at least was) less common in Europe than here—a Parisian waiter once sarcastically presented my requested water as “Champagne”—and since no one had become accustomed to ice in drinks the preference carried over to water.

The answer that Simone heard that was closest to the truth, I suspect, came from a waitress in a Russian restaurant: “That’s just how it’s always been.” With a question that could never be answered definitively, that seems as good a response as any.

via Why Don’t Other Countries Use Ice Cubes? | Food & Think.

2012 Democratic Convention, Charlotte, legacy:

One way the committee is gathering input from the community is by visiting groups like the chamber and asking, “What should Charlotte’s DNC legacy be?

via Charlotte Chamber.

Generation X, Generation Y, careers, Charlotte, NC:

South End resident Nick Henderson says, “The job market is more focused on us.”

He’s talking about Charlotte’s Generations X & Y.

Henderson says, “You’ve got everything from technology which I’m in now, you know, banking all the way to the music field which is what brought me here.”

The former professional musician now works in IT. He’s part of a young workforce city leaders say is more and more in demand.

Michael Smith is President & CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners. He says, “Every city’s going to be fighting for them. We’ve got two baby boomers retiring for every one next generation worker in the workforce.”

Smith says the competition for those younger workers will only grow. But he says, thanks to careful planning, Charlotte is ahead of the curve.

via Charlotte Game Plan In Place To Keep & Attract Young Workers | Charlotte News | Weather | Carolina Panthers | Bobcats | FOX Charlotte | Local News.

parenting, kith/kin: I may have quoted this article before, but I think it is very appropriate for my life.

The next minute she’d be worrying: “But what if I run out of euros? I have dollars, but I can’t use dollars in Brussels!”

“Darling, you simply change them.”

“But — how?”

It wasn’t an unreasonable question, but of course revealed her inexperience. Even when teenagers seem strikingly mature, they still are, in fact, young. Why would any of them necessarily know about those little booths labeled Cambio/Exchange/Wechsel?

As she had prepared for the trip, she seemed to know exactly what she was doing — and what she ought to be packing — until abruptly she’d be at a loss and asking for help.

And suddenly, there she was behind the barrier, out of our reach, amid a crowd of strangers.

via A teenage daughter boards a plane looking like the woman she’ll someday be | Meghan Cox Gurdon | Local | Washington Examiner.


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