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Once again, here are some of my favorite comments from last week's blogs and columns.

In my blog post requesting items to stick in the perfect time capsule for 2009, laur_n had this suggestion:

I think photos of someone updating their Twitter/Facebook accounts would be appropriate to demonstrate life as we know it.

Too right. Janine1 had a more dire notion:

A picture of a polar bear. And throw in some satellite photos of the Arctic ice and the world's coastlines as we currently know them. (We're creating the most depressing time capsule ever.)

In my column about some District middle-schoolers who are working with old school documents, I mentioned that yesterday's jobs were less complicated than today's. That prompted this comment from Northernlite:

John, jobs today are no more complicated. Only the job titles are.

I respectfully disagree. Yes, the job titles are ridiculous, but I think the jobs are too. I worry that even mine, though not too dissimilar to jobs that have been done for the past 200 or 300 years, isn't a "real" job, you know: a job where you make something. I used to want to be an anvil maker. Now there's a job where you know what you're on about: You make anvils. But does anybody need anvils anymore?

My column on gender roles behind the wheel and whether that explained the annoying driver-switching dance you see at the Kiss and Ride, brought this comment from ms1234:

Any man driving a minivan has already been eunuched, thus rendering moot the point of switching drivers.

I like that. You don't often see "eunuch" as a verb.

However, when I fleshed out the male vs. female driver issue in my blog, Fizziks started fizzing:

I can't help but wonder if you have any ideas to blog about if we're seriously being treated to the men vs. women drivers thing. This dusty controversy has been intermittently hauled out since there were cars, and is the sitcom plot you write when the well is dry, since you've already done the clipshow episode and the three-ghosts-visit episode. If the Brady Bunch has dealt with it, it can't be substantive.

I guess he (or she) will not be happy to see my upcoming story about working in a candy factory where the conveyor built is constantly sped up, forcing me to shovel the sweeties into my mouth and blouse.

As always, thanks for taking the time to engage. While we get the occasional flame here in the Commons, readers typically belie the notion that nothing but vitriol is spilled in online comments.

By John Kelly  |  May 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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John: I really like your summarizing the previous week's blogger responses. It shows that everyone's response is important to you and that your blog is an interactive one. [don't you think the word "blog" should be listed in Webster's by now?]

Keep the dialogue rolling ;)

Posted by: iremembrmama | May 18, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Its 1:37pm on 18May09

Where is this weeks "Where in Washington" picture? Also, who was the winner mentioning the Canada Dry Building 2 weeks ago, and where was/who was last weeks winner?

Posted by: Robbnitafl | May 18, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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