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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Lunchline: Scratching that competitive itch

The world’s first Apple store opened in Tysons Corner in 2001. (File photo: Michael Temchine)
Ten years ago today, the first Apple store in the world opened in Tysons Corner. Later that day, another one opened in Glendale, Calif. In honor of the day, a guy named Gary Allen traveled across the country visiting different Apple stores with the intention of getting here for the big day in Virginia. Not a bad idea for a trip if you ask me.

It's hard to run the International Monetary Fund when you're sitting in a jail cell on Rikers Island. And now that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has stepped down from his post to focus full-time on defending himself against allegations of attempted rape, a battle for the top at the IMF is imminent. The position has almost always been held by a European man, The Post's Howard Schneider reports, although developing nations are looking for more representation this time. Also, Foreign Policy's Joshua E. Keating explains how this seemingly exclusionary practice came to be.

The institution of marriage is doing quite well in the United States. Despite what pop culture may tell you, 3 of 4 couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to new census figures. Also, the statistics show that more than half of the nation's married couples have been together at least 15 years. The Post's Carol Morello reports on the new figures and why, as one Johns Hopkins sociologist said, "people seem to be finding a new marriage bargain that works for 21st-century couples."

Tomorrow is Bike-To-Work-Day. (Linda Davidson - Post)
Friday morning is going to be interesting. It's Bike to Work Day, an event in which people are encouraged to keep their cars at home and travel on two wheels to help the environment and raise the profile of bike commuters across the world. However, there are already 7,000 people doing just that in the city, and drivers tend not to play nice. The Post's Ashley Halsey III provides some tips on how to obey traffic laws if you're steering handlebars and keep everyone safer.

Every once in a while, something happens within the city government that genuinely embarrasses me as a native and resident of D.C. Political infighting, less-than-stellar city services and blown funds aren't at the top of that list. What really hurts is when something seemingly so basic and routine gets overlooked and everyone has to pay. The D.C. medical examiner's office has lost its national accreditation because the agency's chief doesn't have board certification. Facepalm.

Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong coaches a youth soccer team. (Toni L. Sandys - WASHINGTON POST)
For some athletes, playing sports is just as much about competitive drive as it is about the actual game. And as the NFL lockout drones on, football players are forced to turn elsewhere to get their kicks. The Bengals' Chad Johnson, for example, has been riding bulls. Redskins wide receiver Anthony Armstrong found his fix coaching a kids soccer team. The Post's Rick Maese reports on how most of the wideout's experience with the beautiful game came via Playstation. Also, Armstrong named his team the "Ninjas." I love that.

Extra Bites

• As photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress proliferate around the Internet, you can't help but feel bad for his estranged wife, Maria Shriver. However, XX Factor's Amanda Marcotte's sympathy is limited because she believes Shriver never should have campaigned for Arnold in the first place.

• Here's a link to Beyonce's new video. I must say that it feels more Lady Gaga or Rihanna than it does Bey. Also, a fun portrait of her husband, Jay-Z.

• The Preakness Stakes' new official "Kegasus" mascot has drawn some scorn. Do you think it's appropriate?

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