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Made it to Charleston!
Hi, Tess! Sorry to be out of touch.
It is, after all, a road trip. So things will inevitably come up. I started out yesterday morning in a classic roadtrip car–a white Ford Mustang. But after driving around Charlotte for the better part of a day I suddenly couldn’t get the key to turn in the ignition. So I called the rental car company and they sent me a far less glamorous Hyundai. Hope that doesn’t work against me when I pull into Detroit.
And, as with any road trip, plans changed. I’d intended to leave for Charleston, West Virginia, Wednesday night. But then we got a letter from a listener inviting me to come visit his morning coffee group at a Charlotte mall. Nearly every day this gaggle of mostly retired folks gets together to chat about life, work, and lately, the financial crisis. So I stayed an extra night in Charlotte and stopped by the coffee klatch in the morning. Check out Friday’s Morning Report for that story.
One last thing about Charlotte. On a colleague’s recommendation, I stopped by Simmons restaurant in the Fourth Ward for some soul food. If you ever find yourself there, be sure to try the banana pudding.
So I arrived in Charleston just in time to catch the Charleston Catholic High School ladies’ volleyball match and get an earful about how the financial crisis is hitting home here. I’ll be talking to Kai about that Friday evening.
Tess, I hope you have fun in my home state of Colorado! Breathe in some of that mountain air for me.
And once again…meet me in St. Louis?
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