Archive: August 2009

Photo Flashback: 'Oops' Edition

Parallel parking has never been easy. Just take a look at this photo taken in Washington in 1950: This photo was taken by Post staffer Arthur Ellis and was printed in The Post on Sept. 26, 1950. The caption: AND...

By John Kelly | August 31, 2009; 9:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

BritNews RoundUp: Hot Fruit-on-Fruit Action

Forget the danger of rotten teeth, a father in England thinks candy can cause moral decay. Simon Simpkins of West Yorkshire was outraged when he bought some sweeties for his children. The bags of Haribo Moaom sweet 'n' sour candies...

By John Kelly | August 28, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wherever I Hang My Hat Is My...Office

I reported, wrote and filed today's column from a Starbucks in Vienna. I would have transmitted the picture that I took too except that I'd tossed the wrong cable in my briefcase. Turns out an iPod cable will not work...

By John Kelly | August 27, 2009; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Safe Way to Drive and Text? One Man Hopes So

Matt Howard considers himself a member of "the American mobile society." A software entrepreneur who lives in Leesburg and depends on his Blackberry like a second brain, Matt last year almost became a member of the American mobile society who...

By John Kelly | August 26, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (16)

The Man Who Hated Cell Phones

David Wood was driving through Kansas when he finally exploded against the cell phone industrial complex. As a modern American--a consumer affairs writer, no less--he'd carried a cell phone everywhere. "It never quit ringing," explained David, who lives in the...

By John Kelly | August 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Photo Flashback: Brave New World Edition

There was a time when computers were going to be our friends, when they were going to make our lives easier. Take the "paperless office," for example. No longer would workers' desks be crowded with invoices, reports, letters, memos and...

By John Kelly | August 24, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

BritNews RoundUp: I Can See Cleanly Now

Does your husband slink away when it's time clean the toilet or vacuum the living room? Is he curiously absent when the dishwasher needs loading or the laundry needs sorting? Maybe all he needs is to have a part of...

By John Kelly | August 21, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

DWT to DOA: How to Stop Driving While Texting

Has any human invention simultaneously brought such joy and such sorrow, such utility and such danger, as the cell phone? Well, the gun, obviously. And Britney Spears. But as this blog has been concerning itself lately with the annoyance of...

By John Kelly | August 20, 2009; 9:24 AM ET | Comments (5)

All Hail Our Right-Handed Savior, Stephen Strasburg

Did the air smell a little sweeter this morning? Did your Wheaties taste a little finer? Of course they did. On Monday night the Washington Nationals signed Stephen Strasburg, the best pitcher in the history of baseball. No longer will...

By John Kelly | August 19, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (11)

George Washington: Father of Radical Civility?

George Washington had to put up with a lot of things during his lifetime--Redcoats, painful dental problems, Benjamin Franklin's whoopee cushions--but one thing he didn't have to put up with was people texting during movies. Movies hadn't been invented yet...

By John Kelly | August 19, 2009; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Radical Civility: A Crisis of Faith

I saw "District 9" over the weekend--a Friday matinee, actually (ah, the perks of being a columnist). The movie was great, but I'm afraid I have a confession to make: There was a man texting in front of me and...

By John Kelly | August 18, 2009; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Photo Flashback Week: Hair of the Dog Edition

This is one of those photos where you really need a caption to tell you what's going on: It ran in The Post on March 9, 1966, with this caption: MARKED DOG -- Rep. Joseph Y. Resnick (D-N.Y.) and his...

By John Kelly | August 17, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Robert Gordon: Still Showing His Rockabilly Roots

Robert Gordon grew up in Bethesda and when I talked on the phone to the rockabilly singer yesterday I asked which high school he went to. He chuckled. "I went to B-CC, Walt Whitman and Walter Johnson," he said. "School...

By John Kelly | August 14, 2009; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

Color My World: Oh Say Can You O.C.?

I spent a couple of days this week in Ocean City, Md., researching columns that will run next week. I really should go there for fun some day. I never went in high school, when O.C. was the destination for...

By John Kelly | August 13, 2009; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

What My Dog Did on His Summer Vacation

I have a Labrador retriever named Charlie. Charlie is not the best specimen of his breed. We suspect he ended up with Lab Rescue because he personified that old saying: That dog can't hunt. In fact, for a long time,...

By John Kelly | August 12, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Baggage Handler: What Airport Behavior Says About Us

In January 2008 Jason Barger boarded an airplane in Columbus, Ohio, with a singular objective: to spend the next seven days either on an airplane or in an airport. Think of it as the modern American equivalent of an Aboriginal...

By John Kelly | August 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Movie-Texting Justice, Beach Style

When we're at the beach for our annual vacation, we always try to see at least one movie, preferably a big, loud blockbuster. This year the choices weren't too good. "Transformers" is supposedly one of the worst movies ever made...

By John Kelly | August 10, 2009; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (13)

Photo Flashback: Doing Hard Time Edition

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. And if you were doing the time in 1946 in Washington, this is how you talked to visitors: This photo ran in the Washington Star on Aug. 30, 1946. Here's...

By John Kelly | August 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Photo Flashback Week, Day 5

We have to wrap up the week with a cute animal photo, right? Why, here's one: This photo ran in The Post on March 10, 1946, with this rather long caption: HE'S GOT A LOT OF PULL -- Bunker Twitchell,...

By John Kelly | August 7, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Photo Flashback Week, Day 4

I love today's picture. It may be my favorite of the week. It was in a photo file about the Capital Transit Strike of 1945: The caption: ALWAYS ROOM FOR TWO MORE. Cab driver George Oliver (right) smiles as he...

By John Kelly | August 6, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Photo Flashback Week, Day 3

Welcome to Wednesday. I found so many good photos in the file marked "Automobiles: Drivers: Tests" that I couldn't choose just one. This photo was published on Nov. 20, 1936, with this caption: Capt. Rhoda J. Milliken, of the Women's...

By John Kelly | August 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Photo Flashback Week, Day 2

Yesterday we had firemen. It's only fair to have some policemen today: The caption on the back reads: Photo shows group of policemen on the firing line of the pistol range at Camp Simms. Star Staff Photo. Nov 1935. I...

By John Kelly | August 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Photo Flashback Week, Day 1

I'm on vacation this week but before I left I dipped into The Post's photo archive. I've selected old photos of Washington, not of politicians but of the people who lived and worked here. The photographs don't tell a story....

By John Kelly | August 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

 
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