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This is another hot, humid Southern city whose resources are being stretched by an influx of invaders who have more — and more fervent — requests than your typical conventioneers.
As in Tampa, the combined federal, state, local, and on-loan law enforcement contingent is massive, far-flung, and really friendly and professional.
Democratic conventions are always more like carnivals than Republican ones, and the Queen City event is going to be no exception. The Epicentre, part urban mall, part nightlife hub, is just a few blocks from the Time Warner Cable Arena, and will anchor a concentrated round-the-clock feeling of outdoor vibrant revelry that was not present at the GOP confab.
As in Tampa, the opposition party will engage in a level of opposition bracketing heretofore unseen on this planet.
My Charlotte advice, as of now: drink plenty of fluids, know who the superstar mayor of this city is, and avoid fatty, fried foods.