Cool Hobbies, Lights Atop FedEx Field and Drowning Our Sorrows

(Danny Hellman for The Washington Post)
By Joe Heim, Justin Rude and Dan Zak
Sunday, December 14, 2008

A few weeks ago we received an e-mail from an Arlington eighth-grader named Vincenza, who is thinking about becoming a journalist and wanted to spend a few hours following us around at work. Let's quote from her e-mail, shall we?

"After much thought, I have decided that I would enjoy learning more about journalism as a possible career. So then I thought to myself, who is the greatest journalist of all time? Not one, but three answers popped into my head -- the Three Wise Guys!"

We were immediately struck by Vincenza's insight and intelligence, so we invited her to stop by the paper to help us respond to a pile of questions in our inbox.

Dear Wise Guys:

I need a hobby. What are the coolest hobbies these days? And, yes, I realize the word "hobby" is not cool. That's why I have resisted getting one until now.

Hobbyless in Bethesda

Justin: Building giant glass bottles to encase full-size boats.

Vincenza: There's always Dan's, Justin's and Joe's favorite: cheerleading!

Dan: Is she trying to emasculate us?

Joe: Now remember, Vincenza: You're our guest. Play nice or we'll make you dust and organize David Broder's office.

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