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Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, relationships, grooming and more.
RN: Sheesh, this campaign season is giving me indigestion. I say we leave the politics to the op/ed pages and make some endorsements of our own. What are you getting behind this year?
CP: I hate everything, but if you insist. Fall weather. Fox 9 Morning News. Scramble on Facebook.
RN: "Quantum of Solace," sight unseen. Smoke-free restaurants and bars. Long vacations. Coupons.
RN: A ridiculously generous G.I. Bill. The Ivey Awards. Warren Buffett. "Mad Men." Clinique's Post-Shave Healer. Cashmere. The Minneapolis City Hall carillon. Prairie vodka. Beyoncé.
CP: Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin. The Current's Mary Lucia. My Surly Steamroller fixed-gear bicycle.
RN: Wine and beer in supermarkets. Holidazzle. Sally Rousse. The joint Saarinen exhibition at Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Arts. A live person answering the phone. The Foshay Tower. Condoms.
CP: Sedum. Vermicelli salad with mock duck and tofu at Quang Deli. InToto sales. Getting rid of Holidazzle. Franklin Learning Center.
RN: Butter pecan ice cream at the Pumphouse Creamery. Free Wi-Fi. The Heffelfinger Fountain at the Lyndale Park Rose Garden. The new spinning bikes at my gym. The Reformation.
CP: Converse sneakers by John Varvatos. Minneapolis noise ordinance. Room & Board Outlet. Off Fifth Saks outlet. The Presets. Oatmeal-raisin cookies at Macy's Marketplace. Dunn Bros. Coffee. "The Night of the Gun," by David Carr. MySpace music pages.
RN: Andrew Sullivan's blog. Joe Mauer. Light rail. Same-day voter registration. NPR's "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me." The balcony at the Uptown Theatre. The return of the Variety section in our own newspaper. Tina Fey.
CP: The Midtown Greenway. Poet James Schuyler. Yoga instructor Jessica Rosenberg.
RN: I totally second the divine Ms. R.
CP: Levi's. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter ...
RN: ... playing Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D., or perhaps the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 ...
CP: ... No, the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Hiawatha Avenue.
RN: Seriously? OK, one more: New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay.
CP: Albino squirrels.