Let's be honest: if you had to guess the city that houses a sculpture called Metalmorphosis created by a Czech sculptor you're not likely to guess Charlotte, NC within the first 20, or maybe even 100, tries. Just goes to show that even the most mayonnaisey of cities can have its moments.
In the months before moving with my family to Lewisville, NC in 2004 I decided to take a couple of road trips down from Washington to check out the business environment in the Piedmont Triad. I'd never had trouble getting a room before so I didn't think to make a reservation, which was a huge mistake the time I made the trip the same week that the Furniture Market was in full swing in High Point. Let's just say I ended up staying in a motel where I suspect I was the only person who didn't pay by the hour.
Apparently finding a room in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention is a similar experience:
All these political reporters have been complaining about the boring staged political conventions for weeks, but when presented with the opportunity to talk to a real live victim of the "Obama economy" — a hooker — they run away screaming. The National Review's John Fund explains that one of their political reporters was forced to request a hotel change after the Democratic National Convention assigned the reporter to a seedy Charlotte hotel that might have had a hooker working in the parking lot. Fund quotes his colleague anonymously:
The Knights Inn was the worst hotel I have ever seen, and I’ve stayed in many bad motels in my life. Two guys were dealing drugs in the room next to me, and a prostitute was working out of the parking lot. And this was in the early afternoon. The room itself was dirty, full of other people’s stuff, etc.
I have never requested a hotel change in 3 years at NR. This was the first time I felt absolutely compelled.
From the article:
The woman allegedly punched her husband in the face breaking his nose and causing injury to his eye.
Police said she then jumped out of the truck and walked away naked. They say she later broke into the school which set off all kinds of alarms.
The 58-year old woman is now in jail for assaulting her husband and claims she doesn't know how she ended up in the school naked.
Only in Charlotte.