I just got back from an overnighter in
. My home in Charleston is about 3 hours from the birthplace of the War of Northern Aggression. Consequently, I drove. Greenville
The occasion was a Hyundai event. I sort of invited myself to it. I drove the cars featured at the
program in Charleston a month or so ago. In fact, I've already written the reviews of the redesigned Accent and Genesis for my newspaper client. Why would they bring me to a program with cars I had already seen and written up, you might ask. Las Vegas
Hey, I'm a fun guy. I'm a great addition to any gathering. I'm known far and wide as the ground zero of any party. But that's not the reason. Actually I have a
buddy who was at the event and needed a lift from Florida to the Charleston to hook up with some high-school buddies. Greenville-Spartanburg Airport
That's the kind of amigo I am. I'll make a 6-hour-round-trip mercy mission for my buds. Well, my buds and a free hotel room and dinner.
I hadn't been to
in four or five years. It hasn't changed much in the last 100 years; certainly I had no reason to expect any big changes since my last visit. There were no surprises. Charleston
I arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon, so I had some time to walk around downtown a bit.
Here's my take on
, a city I like, by the way: The main difference between Charleston and Charleston is that T-shirts and cheesy tours are hawked out of buildings constructed in the 1950s in Ft. Lauderdale , and they are sold out of buildings built in the 1700s and 1800s in Ft. Lauderdale . Charleston
Otherwise, it's pretty much the same tacky, touristy atmosphere.
Granted, I only saw about 5 square blocks of that grand old lady of the South this trip, but that was about all I wanted to see. Great old mansions and churches surrounded by frozen-yogurt stands and T-shirt shops. Ugh.
Bumper to bumper, the line of stalled traffic heading into downtown from I-26 on
Meeting Street moved with all the alacrity of three-legged hippo. Old ladies with walkers raced by as I sat sweating and cussing.
Yes, I was a little disappointed in
, but the bed was comfortable, the food was good and the drinks were free. All things considered, it wasn't a bad way to spend 24 hours. Oh, and I managed to deliver my buddy to the airport with time to spare. Charleston