Just back from a week with my parents in New York.   We had a great time and got into the city a couple of times with the kids.  But it was hard to top the very first day.  I met Donald Trump!

For the past year, we’ve all heard about how the Trumps were looking at Charlotte for a new development that could have included an office tower, condos, five-star hotel and shops.  At last report, the deal was on hold, but you can still look at the pretty pictures at the Trump Charlotte website.

My parents are members of Trump National in Briarcliff, NY and they invited us along for the July 4th celebration there.  My son, Benny and I were making our way to the outdoor buffet, when Mr. and Mrs. Trump walked right by.  He was obviously just off the golf course and they were walking and talking.

I couldn’t resist.  I walked up to him and introduced myself ("Hi, Mr. Trump.  You don’t know me.  My name is Stacey Simms and I live in Charlotte, North Carolina").  I asked him about the plans for the building and development here.  He looked me straight in the eye and said… "Maybe." 

I think Donald, Jr is the one in charge of the Charlotte project, but it was still fun to ask.  We talked for about a minute more as I thanked him for the great Independence Day event.  He did ask me who I was there with – maybe he thought I crashed the party!