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Lunchline: D.C. not quite manly

I attended my first MMA event over the weekend, Ultimate Fighting Championship on Versus 6 at Verizon Center on Saturday. My colleague and homey Chris Porter and I decided to take the plunge after he profiled fighter and D.C. native Mike Easton. It was pretty much exactly what I thought it would be. A lot of guys with tattoos, women with big hair, but also a surprising number of minors. Fun times.

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was dealt a blow over the weekend. After a Washington Post report revealed that the governor's family hunting camp was named "Niggerhead," the GOP presidential candidate spent Sunday getting blasted on national TV talk shows. Perry has some defenders, but Al Sharpton says Perry needs to speak up or step down. There are clearly many levels to this story, but most specifically to the race, fellow presidential candidate Herman Cain made sure to make his displeasure known. The Post's Amy Gardner reports on the fallout.

I think the first time I considered writing as a career choice is when I read Jack Kerouac's "On The Road." I was 14 and his tales of traveling during the Beat generation were fascinating to me. And while the landscape of U.S. politics and prose has changed dramatically since then, the life of an itinerant writer is not entirely elusive as an option. Joseph Fonseca, a fiction author, is doing exactly that. He is more than halfway through his plan to live in 10 cities in 10 years, a project he says "arose out of a feverish case of wanderlust and a serious aversion to settling." This is a tremendous read.

Pretty soon, all kids will need to take to school is a tablet computer and a lunchbox. And in Fairfax County, that day will be sooner than you think. This year, the region's largest school system is going digital with its textbooks for social studies. Reading them obviously requires the use of a computer, something that a few educators are concerned about for those students less fortunate. But overall, kids like it because it very plainly lightens their ever-increasing loads. The Post's Emma Brown reports on the upgrade.

Although the word 'mancave' is relatively new, the concept is definitely old-school. These days, guys deck out their basements with overpriced autographed memorabilia, big screen televisions and other personal touches. Back in the old days, dudes let barrooms do it for them; all they had to do was show up. Slate's Bryan Curtis takes a look at the history and psychology of masculine bunkers. On a semi-related note, Combos (as in pizza pretzels) conducted a study looking for the manliest city in the United States. D.C. ranked 42nd.

The word I'd use to describe the local pro sports weekend is: meh. Yes, the Redskins took a semi-commanding lead atop the NFC East with a win, but it was over the awful Rams. And yes, the Capitals ended their preseason with a win over the Blackhawks at home, but it wasn't pretty. Lastly, D.C. United dropped a much-needed match to the Columbus Crew in the race toward the MLS playoffs. Bummer.

Extra Bites

This file photo taken June 7, 2010, shows the new Apple iPhone 4 in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) (Paul Sakuma/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

• Michelle Obama made an appearance at an Alexandria Target last week and apparently people have a problem with this. Because she would never bargain shop, would she?

• You probably care about "Arrested Development." I care about Idris Elba as James Bond.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.



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