10.14.2010 NASCAR … I hate that … but public art … I like that

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travel:  NASCAR … I hate that …

I know that Nascar is awesome in the same way I know that cricket and Tolstoy novels and contemporary dance are awesome. I personally can’t see the appeal, but enough reasonable people disagree with me that I believe in their awesomeness.

The pit simulator at the Nascar Hall of Fame.Jeff Aldrich The pit simulator at the Nascar Hall of Fame.

Still, I had my doubts about Nascar after shelling out $20 to visit its hall of fame during my recent three-day visit to Charlotte, N.C. Then I saw the pit simulator. As I lay on the ground, panting, after pretending to jack up a car, replace its tire and fill its gas tank within 26.79 seconds, I thought, This is – what’s the word? — awesome.

via Frugal Traveler Visits Charlotte – NYTimes.com.

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9.28.2010 … Southwest Airlines Co. is coming to Charlotte!

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business, travel, Charlotte:  Hooray for Charlotte!

Southwest Airlines Co. gets more exposure to existing markets like New York and Boston, and it can get into smaller markets it doesn’t already serve.

AirTran operates daily flights from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to a number of markets, but it is unclear whether Southwest will continue that operation. In recent years, some passengers regularly have driven from Charlotte to the Raleigh area, which is served by Southwest, so they can take advantage of that company’s lower fares.

via Southwest buys AirTran; Charlotte impact? – CharlotteObserver.com.