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John Kelly's Commons: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Auto Show-Me State

A few years ago I wrote a column about the detailers at the Washington Auto Show. They spend their days in eternal buffitude: cleaning and recleaning the cars on the exhibit floor, banishing fingerprints (and worse). I don't know...

By John Kelly  |  February 6, 2009; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Signs of the Times? Plus: Remembering Jack Eden

What does this sign mean, exactly, and would it be dangerous for a motorist to try to follow it? Here's another sign I saw recently, outside a Staples: I feel for everyone involved in that particular transaction. There's the person...

By John Kelly  |  February 5, 2009; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Daschle's Early Withdrawal: Healthy and Wealthy -- But Normal?

I'm pretty sure there's a school of psychology that posits there is no such thing as "normal." That is, each of us has our unique, inborn predilections. The things that we enjoy doing or are compelled to do -- date...

By John Kelly  |  February 4, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Eight Is More Than Enough

When did everybody start having -plets? "-Plets" is what I call those extreme multiple births that seem to be everywhere these days: quintuplets, sextuplets, octuplets, etc. We seem to be in the midst of a population explosion. There's that crazy...

By John Kelly  |  February 3, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Bowled Over, Then Kicked in the Groin

American citizens gathered around their televisions last night for our annual orgy of state-sanctioned violence. I'm not talking about the Super Bowl but the Super Bowl ads. As I watched them, I was reminded of the oath gladiators used to...

By John Kelly  |  February 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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