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The plugged-in Pilot

I’m a latecomer to the whole idea of the DVD. Until very recently, I waltzed right past the little packages in the rental store or library, stubbornly holding on to VHS cassettes that I knew were seriously outdated 10 years ago. When you think of it, analog videotape is an anachronism in our digital age. The word “rewind” is hardly in the modern lexicon.

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Urban Gardener

Other neighborhoods may have more land (and lots more grass), but we have gardens: in our yards, on our roofs, on the sidewalk and in once-vacant lots. And our gardens always win prizes, so we know they’re great.

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Flameout!

When the Oscars are announced, the camera cuts away from the happy, shining face of the winner to the stunned reactions of the also-rans. An analogy could be made to the 2002 Chevrolet Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds still sitting on dealers’ lots next to the company’s better performers.

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Wild West

You will probably recall a few of her saucy lines:

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The MPV is an MVP

What do auto journalists know? At least with film and music critics, they’re having the same basic experience you are: listening to the CD, watching the movie. But the car writers don’t live with their test vehicles; they just try them out for a week, and most new cars are on their best behavior during that honeymoon period. In approximately 17 years of car writing, I’ve experienced maybe two or three minor breakdowns.

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Urban Gardener

Fall fell in Monday morning (in case you weren’t watching), but the prize harvest was gathered some days earlier. South Philly gardeners did very well at the 2002 Harvest Show on Sept. 14 and 15.

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Advantage: Tiburon

“Each new Hyundai vehicle must enhance Hyundai’s brand image,” says the company’s president, Finbarr O’Neill. Of course, any president would say the same thing: brand image is king. But in Hyundai’s case, the challenge is central because people persist in the belief that Korean cars “aren’t as good” as Japanese ones.

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The mighty microcar

Nancy Gould, a Newton, Mass., accountant, says she “never met a bad person while driving a microcar.” That’s saying something, because you meet a lot of people driving one of these bizarre contraptions that look like escapees from a Robert Crumb comic book. When confronted with what is basically a putt-putting metal egg on 10-inch wheels, most people shout out questions: “Is it electric?”; “Is it a toy?”; “Is it legal to drive?”; “Can you take it on the highway?”

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A lot to love

With a full and happy heart, may I tell the good word: This theater season has a play with which everyone can fall in love.

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Urban Gardener

So what if terrorists abound and the president wants to make war? Everyone is looking back because the world was always rosier then. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is not alone with its 2002 Harvest Show, “Rock and Roll Harvest.” Just look at the new season’s TV schedule.

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