- The Washington Times - Friday, January 23, 2009

The balls are over, the flag bunting is down, the bridges are open — now the real work begins. How to equalize the mood after so much world-historical excitement?

1. Lost - After a long hiatus, the hit ABC drama returned to the air this week. So that takes care of Wednesday nights.

2. Neko Case- Her first album in three years, “Middle Cyclones,” is set for a March 3 release. With that voice from on high, Miss Case always can be counted on to deliver indie rock we can believe in.

3. Normality- Hey, don’t knock it: Traffic patterns will revert to their usual clogged haphazardness, and, on the Metro, there will be slightly fewer elbows in your rib cage. Can we get an “Amen”?

4. Blu-ray- If you were lucky enough to get a Blu-ray disc player from Santa, you’ll be glad a host of back-shelf treasures are slated for release in the newfangled format over the next couple months: the Peter Sellers classics “Pink Panther” and “Being There,” the Martin Scorsese gems “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” Richard Attenborough’s “Gandhi” and, oh, yeah - Mike Judge’s “Office Space.”

5. Spring training - It’s never too early to start pining. Pitchers and catchers begin reporting Feb. 14.

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