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October 1, 2008



No, we don't mean the Governator. We're talking 4-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer!  He couldn't fix our slice, but we're sure we'll golf better next time, because last night we met our hero at the National Building Museum. He was there along with hundreds of Navy men and women, for something called the Lone Sailor Awards, which benefits the Navy Memorial at 7th and Penn.


Arnold with Ernest Borgnine's wife Tova. You may know Tova as  a fixture on QVC; she's also launching a new magazine, Beauty World. But, you know, we still can't believe we met a guy who has a lemonade and iced tea drink named after him.


Last Season's The Bachelor, Lt. Andy Baldwin. Sure, he's a handsome physician, former Duke magna cum laude, and decorated Navy man. But other than that, we just don't get what women see in him.


Cigar maker Lars Tetens, EFX Media's Jim Franco, Lars' business partner Musashi Sonne, and Continuum Group chairman Michael Werbowetzko. Lars invented the in-package mini-humidor for the cigar smoker on the go. Just in case you thought nothing was left to invent.


Well, they're not Arnold Palmer, but at least they could stand with him: Proctor & Gamble CEO AG Lafley, Rep. Norm Dicks (hey, go fix the bailout!), and US Navy Memorial head Richard Buchanan. The latter gave the other three the Lone Sailor awards, recognizing former servicemen who become big successes in civilian life.


Arnold with Rear Admiral Terence McKnight and wife Lisa. Terence is a Legion of Merit and Bronze Star honoree and didn't seem impressed with our fourth grade attendance award that we still pin to our lapel.


More heroes:  Firefighter J.W. DiGregory, Melissa Kath, director of the New York Firefighters Burn Center Thomas Zapf, and firefighter Jason Woods. J.W. and Jason founded the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation in 2004.


Is it okay to call Michel Richard Washington's most celebrated chef? We snapped this of him last night at dinner at Citronelle, which regularly gets the most stars critics give out this side of Inn at Little Washington. We were there to meet up with celebrity Napa vintner Janet Trefethen, visiting DC for just a day, and we got to try one of her great '78s along with our tomato heirloom tart and Chateaubriand (are we making you hungry?). But here's the most amazing thing.  The place was packed and hopping.  We mean hopping-on a Tuesday night.  Someone forgot to tell the 85-seat dining room there's a financial crisis going on.


THE MOST HAUNTED HOUSES TOUR (Farragut West Metro Station, 900 18th St. NW, 7pm): This 2 hour free tour is sure to spook you. Not us, however, we're a little old to believe in ghosts. Vampires are our nation's pressing issue.

HUMP DAY GROOVEZ (Busboys & Poets, 14th & V, 9pm): African band Gibraltar will help ease your midweek blues with their upbeat, danceable tunes. Just don't have too much fun and forget you have to go to work tomorrow-you're on carpool. Check out Gibraltar here.

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