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Straighten up and fly right on Uptown's west side

33. Delay your death by taking a lesson at the Fencing Academy.

What do George Washington, Ezra Pound and Jimmy Buffett all have in common? They fenced. Be like one of these greats and take an introductory lesson or 10. Fencing Academy offers a one-on-one program of six lessons, ranging from 15 to 30 minutes, for $60. You've seen Zorro; we don't need to tell you how bad-ass you'd look as a master fencer. 1500 W. Morehead St. 980-237-3762. www.charlottefencing.com.

34. Party at Scorpio like gay marriage is legal in North Carolina.

While we're waiting for conservatives to get off their high horse and legalize something that just makes common sense, spend a Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night at Scorpio. Having been in the biz for 45 years, this LGBT dance club — a staple on the Charlotte nightlife scene, gay or straight — does drag right. 2301 Freedom Drive. 704-373-9124. www.thescorpio.com.

35. Put life in perspective by watching the planes at the airport overlook.

There's nothing like staring out of a plane window as it ascends into the air to make you feel some way about life. Maybe that this world is so huge, too huge, and we're just tiny specks of nothing in » Continue

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