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  1. Never realized before now how freaky Martha Stewart fans are.
  2. How many of you have tried to play this video more than once? The pandemic has done a real number on my brain.
  3. Some excerpts from the fact sheet for the American Jobs Plan (i.e. the Biden administration's infrastructure). It is light on specifics but calls for an expansion in transit funding. Fix highways, rebuild bridges, upgrade ports, airports and transit systems. The President’s plan will modernize 20,000 miles of highways, roads, and main-streets. It will fix the ten most economically significant bridges in the country in need of reconstruction. It also will repair the worst 10,000 smaller bridges, providing critical linkages to communities. And, it will replace thousands of buses and rail ca
  4. I also think of Charlotte as the spiritual capital of the Carolinas. USC's business school didn't put a satellite in another state for no reason.
  5. Ah, thanks, sometimes "why don't we just..." has a clear answer.
  6. If commuter rail is feasible on the NCRR track, is the western portion of the Silver Live necessary? Compare the routes of the silver line (gray on map embedded below) west of uptown with the NCRR route (green). Is there too much freight traffic to do something like 20-30 minute or even hourly frequency during off-peak times using DMU carriages? I know the blue line has been wildly successful at spurring denser development, and that the silver line could have a similar impact on west Charlotte, but could a higher frequency DMU service have a similar impact at a much lower cost, and po
  7. I have not heard about the salaries, but I'm not shocked to hear they're on the lower side. One of the worst risk management executives I've ever had the displeasure of working with is a managing director for them out of the west coast. MUFG received some pretty horrendous advice a few years ago. When they had enforcement issues over economic sanctions violations and antimoney laundering laws with the New York Department of Financial Services , they switched their New York branches (and branches in a few other states) from state charters to a federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currenc
  8. I can't help but notice that the neighborhood is south of NoDa and the southern portion of Parkwood Ave is a major road in that area. I therefore, resubmit an old idea for consideration. Welcome home... to SoDaSoPa Old ideas are new again.
  9. They’re converting the old Hearst Tower trading floor into tech cubicles instead of using the trading floor as a trading floor?
  10. Truist Man will be John Allison disguised as Ayn Rand. In between fighting crime, he’ll spend his days trying to convince everyone that Atlas Shrugged is non-fiction.
  11. Not the expert, but the Land Rover Defender is not very common. The two door is the Defender 90, and even more rare is the four door Defender 110. I don’t have the numbers, but I would guess it’s less than 10,000 sold in the US. There was a period where Ford owned Jaguar and Land Rover, but they sold it off during the financial crisis. The new Ford Bronco is about to take a bite into Jeep sales, and I bet that bite would have been even bigger if they still owned Land Rover and offered a rebadged and rebodied Bronco as a new Defender. Instead, Tata Motors has produced a new Defender that
  12. Go all in on contending with Gordon Hayward. Trade Cody, matching salary, and your unprotected 2022 first round pick for Blake Griffin. We’ll throw in Derrick Rose, too. With love, A lifelong Pistons fan who can’t adopt the Hornets until Jordan is gone
  13. I would have kept SunTrust, which is a great name for primarily southern bank. Or split the difference and go with Sun Bank & Trust (SBT), and adopt SunTrust’s better logo and color scheme. I was never a fan of BB&T’s brownish red.
  14. You can take the CEO out of eastern NC, but you can’t take the eastern NC out of the CEO. Hopefully the Suntrust exec that succeeds the CEO is embarrassed enough to fix the sign.
  15. Looks like an i8, starting at about $150 k.
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