If you've just moved to Charlotte, you know how earnest developers are about putting up new condos for people just like you. What you may not know is how to decorate that condo in a way it reflects you, is effective use of the space, and doesn't cost as much as you're paying in rent. So with this in mind, I headed to Condo Mojo. Five designers were summoned to 1315 East in Dilworth and given free reign within a budget to create aesthetic masterpieces. The event started at Super Suppers, where guests gorged themselves on Amy Conder's VERY good food, including the best meatballs I've ever had. After mingling with a group from Ameritrade who were really impressed with the journalistic lifestyle, especially after they found out I'd written Lust List 2007, we were herded into small groups and set to tour the condos. The most conventional designs were not always presented, like filling the bathroom sink with those decorator rocks and a tealight, but each was amazing in its own right — from the quirky ways to make flat screen TVs into actual furniture pieces to tied-dyed bedroom art with the message "Relax." Grand total for a typical budget - $15,000.
Less typical and more Unpredictable was Friday night's visit with Jamie Foxx at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. All I can say is, thank God my tickets were comp. True, I missed opening act Fantasia, but how sorry was I when the highlight of the evening was Jamie saying "Good night." Don't get me wrong — the man is a very talented singer. But, I expected a little more in stage presence from an Academy Award winner. He fumbled the title of his own album, but maybe that was supposed to be part of the comic routine he performed between songs. But, some people did seem to enjoy themselves. A group of ladies sitting behind us apparently were on an outing for one of their birthdays. One of them made a comment of what Foxx could do for her after her performed a "trick" with his tongue, then said how sorry she was she couldn't throw her friend (the one whose birthday it was) on stage to get it firsthand. My friend said it felt "over-rehearsed" and "wack." I wonder if that had anything to do with being serenaded with "Charlotte, you're the best crowd" over and over?