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Midweek Blog Check: Help Wanted

In the hustle-bustle hurdy-gurdy grind of our daily lives, we seldom pause to look back and reflect. Today I want to reflect on two projects I need your help with.

Regular readers of this blog (henceforth to be known as RROTB) may recall my infatuation, nay, my obsession, with the world around us. I speak of the built environment--the buildings, roads and infrastructure that people impose upon the landscape--but also of the flotsam and jetsam with which we besmirch our world. I'm one of those people who can barely walk down the street without scanning every nook and cranny, searching for something interesting to catch my eye.

I'm fascinated not just by how things look but by what they can tell us about...us.

Plus, I'm just weird. How else to explain why whenever I saw a lost glove last winter I took a photo of it? I asked you to do the same and there are enough weirdos among the RROTB that dozens of you sent them in. Now those photos--about 60--reside in a Zip file that is easily downloaded if you go here.

I humbly request that you transform these mundane photos of mundane objects into something not mundane. What, exactly? I'm not sure, but I'm sure you'll come up with something. (A poster? A rock opera?) I'll post your creations for all the world to see and treat the creator of my favorite to lunch.

The other project I've embarked on is to create a Washington alphabet, gleaned from the letters we see every day on monuments, signs, awnings, billboards, etc. I got us started with an A. A reader has sent in a B. That leaves only 24 more letters to go. See a C? Detect a D? Take a picture and e-mail it to me at kellyj@washpost.com.

I hope this doesn't sound too demanding. I don't think it is, at least compared to Fisher, who's asking the readers of his blog to calculate pi to 3 million places and bring him a shrubbery.

By John Kelly  |  April 29, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Alphabet , Glove Project  
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Comments

"...I hope this doesn't sound too demanding. I don't think it is, at least compared to Fisher, who's asking the readers of his blog to calculate pi to 3 million places and bring him a shrubbery."

Wha?? When did Fisher become one of the Knights Who Say "Ni"?

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | April 29, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The L in the L'Enfant Plaza Metro sign would be a good letter.

Posted by: jimward21 | May 5, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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