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John Kelly's Commons: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Photos of Washington  
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