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Achenblog: April 10, 2005 - April 16, 2005

The Plunking of Vinny

Amid the euphoria of baseball's return to Washington we must remember the importance of the emotion known as hate. You can't build a great baseball franchise on good feelings alone. You must hate other teams. You really need a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 15, 2005; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Smokin'

Today my students will discuss a story by The Post's Henry Allen, an ode to the cigarette. Henry is a poet, a word that gets thrown out too liberally when discussing writers, but which is literally true in Henry's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 15, 2005; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Total Loser

Everyone else is going to The Game, I'm going home to do taxes. Am the hugest loser of all time. (But I did go see the first Nationals spring training game -- that's the subatomic particle of self-esteem to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2005; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dressing Like Santa

Someone must have realized that my Sunday column has degenerated into an ongoing lament about middle age, because I got in the mail the bound galleys of a book titled "The 100 Simple Secrets of the Best Half of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2005; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Whoopie Cushions

Went to a birthday party last night in Georgetown, a swank place, great food, amusing guests, and lots of party favors, such as the exploding can of nuts (ALWAYS a laff riot) and whoopie cushions. I had the good...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 13, 2005; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Don't Drive and Blog

There won't be much of a blog today as I must do another little road trip, this one to New Jersey, and I strongly feel that people shouldn't drive and blog. It's not safe. I also think that reading...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 12, 2005; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tiger's Shot

By now everyone probably has seen or heard about The Shot. The 70th hole of the Masters, everything on the line, huge pressure, Tiger's off the 16th green in the rough, he chips the ball not toward the hole...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 11, 2005; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Stolen Leaf

With spring exploding all over, I dragged the critters on a hike along the Potomac just downriver from Great Falls, where even on the most sublime day you often have a shocking amount of beauty to yourself. The Virginia...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 11, 2005; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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