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Other Selves are often our best features

Charlotte is the City of the Other Self.

The daytime banker turned nighttime hip-hop clothing manufacturer. The administrative assistant who decides she really wants to be a stand-up comic. The guy painting a mural on the weekends who shows up to an office tower in suit and tie on Monday morning.

Conservative Charlotte has a creative, fun underbelly. Have you noticed? No? Try harder then. You have to look to see someone's Other Self, but it's there.

To me, the worst get-to-know-you question is, “What do you do?” I reply, “About what?”

How about this instead, “What makes you laugh?” A much more important question to find out more about someone's Other Self.

This area attracts bright, intelligent people. Should we be surprised that their brains aren't satisfied by tracking mortgages? I suggest attention be paid to a different kind of Interest Rate in the life of Charlotte – the Interesting Rate. That's the market I want to invest in.

The Other Self demands satisfaction, too.

Let loose with the paint brushes! Morph into the DJ with that iPod! Go ahead and BE the next American Idol in your car – it's your own karaoke booth! Get crazy in the kitchen – Hamburger Helper NEEDS your help!

Take a Vicarious Vacation, and live through your Other Self – it's good for the soul, it's good for the rest of us, and it's good for Charlotte.

To all the Other Selves out there – make yourselves known – you are not alone.

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