Just scoured the internet to try to dig up some information on Birmingham, and here's a 6-pack of facts:
1 - Birmingham occupies Jones Valley - all the way in the foothills of the Appalachian Trail - so I guess I could trek down there if I wanted to
2 - It is almost like the Pittsburgh of the South - the steel industry played a big role in the local economy - not so much the case anymore - HealthSouth is headquartered here now
3 - The tallest building is the Wachovia Tower - at just over 450' tall - I'm sure the skyline is comparable to the bright lights on NYC
4 - 230,000 people call Birmingham home, just short of the 8.2 million in NYC
5 - The University of Alabama Birmingham Blazers athletics programs are the most popular sports in the area - they're kind of like the Yankees organization, if it was located in Birmingham. The Birmingham Barons are the AA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Ozzie Guillen may wind up here if his son keeps mouthing off via Twitter.
6 - Birmingham's finest, Sir Charles, once quoted as saying, "This is my schedule: I wake up in the morning, decide where to play golf and drink beer all day." I cannot think of a more American American.
See you in Birmingham y'all.