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The Real Cherry Tree Whisperer

Despite my fictitious column yesterday, there is a person who knows Washington's flowering cherry trees like the back of his hand. He's Park Service horticulturalist Rob DeFeo. Mike Ruane has a nice story this morning on a patch of very old trees that may be all that remains of the doomed first shipment from Japan.

There's something mesmerizing about this BBC video. It's just 90 seconds long and features no narration other than ambient background noise and a woman's voice saying "He's turning it 'round now." It's President Obama's armored Cadillac -- nicknamed "The Beast" -- executing a three-point turn in front of No. 10 Downing Street.

I love the agent behind the car, directing the driver with arm signals as if he were parking a B-52 on a runway. He looks rather dainty, even if a car that big could just roll over most obstacles.

On tap for me today: Interview the oldest person working at the Government Printing Office (86!), ascertain whether it's really true that Montgomery County has ceased stamping due dates on library books, and attend a reception at the Japanese ambassador's residence (an invitation I received after they read yesterday's column; they have a sense of humor over there).

By John Kelly  |  April 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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It's not the Maytag guy, it's the county librarian who is the lonesomest person in's all do-it-yourself (till the machine breaks down) and stamp it yourself.... Same with the Giant check-out...lucky to find a live body at a cash register.

Posted by: OldLady1 | April 2, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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