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John Kelly's Commons: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Friday Grab Bag: Getting Behind Obama and McCain

What is it with the back of Barack Obama's head? I've noticed that news photographers love it. The current Newsweek is the latest publication to feature the side of the Democratic candidate's head that doesn't have a mouth, nose or...

By John Kelly  |  October 24, 2008; 8:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Tags: Britnews roundup, politics  
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Scam, Scheme or Person in Need? You Tell Me

I was waiting for my train at Farragut North the night before last, bathed in that familiar after-work fatigue, when a fellow approached me. "Excuse me," he said. "Do you have a twenty for two tens? I'm a cab driver."...

By John Kelly  |  October 23, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Tags: Metro, blogs, contest, polls  
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Driven to Extremes: Lane Etiquette

So, in a column last week I explored the issue of the passing lane on the highway. My basic point was this: There isn't a passing lane anymore. While the belief that the extreme left lane should be reserved only...

By John Kelly  |  October 21, 2008; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Tags: driving, polls  
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What's Your Sign?

Rob Shriver of Alexandria was upset after his official Obama campaign sign went missing from his front yard. Here's the homemade replacement he put up: Any creative McCain signs out there? Palin signs with moose antlers? Snap a photo and...

By John Kelly  |  October 21, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: photos  
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A Bumper Crop: Creative Candidate Signs

The weekend before last I took my 1968 Datsun convertible out on a road trip through the country to attend a classic car show near Middleburg. It was instructive to leave behind the liberal bubble that is Washington and its...

By John Kelly  |  October 21, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Tags: photos, politics  
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Coffee, Tea...or an All-Expenses Paid Trip to Prague?

My goal in life is to end up in a "largely ceremonial" job. You know those jobs. They're the ones that have you cutting ribbons at factory openings and attending rubber-chicken lunches. Many foreign governments have jobs like that, where...

By John Kelly  |  October 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Tags: Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority  
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Border Skirmish: The Story So Far

I see that interjurisdictonal rivalry has raised its ugly head already. Comments ALLDCAnge: "I thought this was a contest re 'Washingtonness,' not Alexandria-ness or any other SUBURB you may wanna throw in." Responds MfromAlexVa: "well excuuuuse meeeee!" People, people. Let's...

By John Kelly  |  October 20, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Tags: Washington, contest  
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Let's Get This Virtual Party Started

Hello. Welcome, welcome. Come on in, take a seat. There's some room at the front. Everyone here? Great. Let's get started. This is my new blog. And when I say "my new blog" I really mean "our new blog." I...

By John Kelly  |  October 20, 2008; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Tags: Washington, blog, contests  
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About This Blog

John Kelly writes a column five days a week in The Washington Post Metro section called, strangely enough, "John Kelly's Washington." John writes about the Washingtonians who don't typically end up on the front page: the normal (more or less)...

By John Kelly  |  October 20, 2008; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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