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Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Lunchline: Commuting woes for Tysons residents

I went to check out the "occupiers" yesterday down at Farragut Square and I ran into a cousin of mine. He said to me, 'Hey Clinton, next article you write, make sure you spell my name right: Doug. Yates.' Doug is cool as a mug.

You think your commute is tough? When was the last time you ran across Route 7 in rush hour traffic? That's what I thought. For some of us, getting to work is a hassle, but it's not a two-hour ordeal that can sometimes be a matter of life and death. But if you live in Tysons and you work in the service industry downtown and live in the deep suburbs, arriving on time to the job is no joke. The Post's Kafia A. Host chronicles what life is like for those that travel nearly four hours round trip to work everyday.

You know that big hole in the middle of town where the old convention center used to be? That grand project is being funded by Qataris. And when it comes to a fair amount of other developments in the city, funding is coming from all over the globe. To boot, the D.C. Council, rife with scandal and problems, has basically rendered themselves useless. Apparently, economically interested parties are running the city and there's not much anyone can do about it. The legendary Marc Fisher explains why the city would be screwed without the Persian Gulf.

If you've never been to the High Heel Race in Dupont, you're missing out . It is awesome. The fantastic parade that features drag queens, costumes and lovely characters of all kinds is legitimately one of the most unique and entertaining events the city hold every year. My colleague Katie Rogers made her way out to 17th street last night to check out the festivities. And, the video is clearly fabulous. I remember when Adrian Fenty used to attend this event when he was mayor.

When I was 13, my older sister Kim and I used to watch Beavis & Butthead all the time . They played ridiculously terrible rock videos, said all sorts of weird things and harrassed their neighbors like it was Devil's Night.We loved it. Now, MTV is bringing back the classic cartoon created by Mike Judge. The characters haven't aged, neither has the animation and Slate's Troy Patterson is wondering why the show was re-created at all.


CHARLOTTE , NC - OCTOBER 23: Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley (47) sits on the bench with his fingers wrapped during warm-ups against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) (Ricky Carioti - WASHINGTON POST)
Yesterday, on Twitter I said something inappropriate . I mentioned that because Chris Cooley is likely never to play another down for the Redskins, white fans of the team would likely be buying more Ryan Kerrigan jerseys. Although it's a relatively well-known fact that white guys in this area love to buy jerseys to support the white guys on the Redskins (although certainly not racially exclusively), I overplayed my hand. Apologies. Nonetheless, I'm sad to see Cooley — and Hightower — are both done for the year.

Extra Bites

• I remember the first time I used my stepmom's IBM Thinkpad. I thought it was the coolest computer in the world. It was the second to last IBM laptop I'd ever use. Now, the company has named its first female CEO, ftw.

• The CDC recommends that boys should receive the HPV vaccine and I can't think of one reason why I'd disagree with that.

• This is Eddie Izzard. And this is the Death Star canteen. Nothing new. Just dope. Side NSFW.

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