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John Kelly's Commons: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Goodbye Mr. Clips: The Aggie Files, Part 5

I'm tired. I don't think I'd be more tired if I'd been digging ditches or laying asphalt. This week spent as a journalist-in-residence at Texas A&M has worn me out. I don't know how college professors do it. The...

By John Kelly  |  April 24, 2009; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Aggie Culpa: The Aggie Files, Part 4

Chief among the things a guest must not do -- flood the bathroom, steal the booze, overstay his welcome -- is this: A guest must not insult his host. Is that what I was guilty of doing to Aggieland in...

By John Kelly  |  April 23, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Muster's Last Stand: The Aggie Files, Part 3

Frequently during my brief stay at Texas A&M I've wondered to myself: Does anybody in the outside world know what's going on here? This is not to suggest that College Station is cut off from the outside world. Television...

By John Kelly  |  April 22, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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A Jogging Tour: The Aggie Files, Part 2

The water tower, I've decided, is the defining feature of the Texas landscape -- at least, this Texas landscape. I suppose if I drove out into the countryside I might see oil derricks or some other vertical structure, but...

By John Kelly  |  April 21, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Where in Washington?

Last week's winner was Sarah Fairbrother, who correctly identified the photo of the Soldiers Home in Washington. The week before that, Robb Camardi of Tampa, Fla., knew the postcard was of the Taft Bridge, which carries Connecticut Avenue over Rock...

By John Kelly  |  April 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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As Big as All Texas: The Aggie Files, Part 1

I arrived at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport around 7:15 last night and departed for Bryan-College Station an hour later. Texas seems to have an affection for conjoined cities. As the plane took off from DFW the sky was a post-sunset parfait:...

By John Kelly  |  April 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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