Matt Bonner's Sandwich Hunter: Jan. 25, 2010 - Charlotte

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Entry #12 - The Sandwich Club: Charlotte, N.C.
by Matt Bonner

Downtown Charlotte has come a long way since I've been playing in the NBA. There used to be very little. But urban development has been in high gear over the past several years and the dining and entertainment choices have increased dramatically. Despite all the new options, I decided to go with a sandwich spot I've been eating at since the beginning: The Sandwich Club.

While walking to my destination, I took some time to enjoy the North Carolina weather, which had produced a cloudless sunny day of about 60 degrees. I started wondering why there was a North and South Carolina. It didn't really make sense to me.

Was it necessary? Were the two states that different? And why share the "Carolina". You would think one state would remain Carolina and the other would adopt a new and exclusive name. So I pulled out my trusty I-Phone (what did we do before these devices?) and googled it.

It turns out that North and South Carolina were indeed one consolidated colony up until 1710. The name "Carolina" derives from the word "Carolus" which is Latin for "Charles". Thus the name is a tribute to King Charles I. During the late 1600s, settlers began referring to North and South Carolina separately. Then in 1710, over political differences, the colony of Carolina split into two separate territories: North and South Carolina.

I get it. It makes sense. You'd just think the founding fathers would be a little more creative with this. I mean, who was the guy who stood up in the government chambers and said, "Since we are located to the north, we shall now be officially called North Carolina." And then his neighboring politician stands up and says, "Since we are located to the south, we shall be called South Carolina." What a blown opportunity! You could have come up with any name you wanted at that moment and that's what you chose? If it was me, I would have stood up and said, "Listen North Carolina, you can keep the name Carolina. But from now on, we shall be called 'Metallica'"… or Sublime or Nirvana or some other awesome name that sounds like a place.

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