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So I’m in need of a cold weather hobby. Some of my friends have gotten into knitting. The pluses are that you meet new women (something that’s hard in D.C., especially among journalists). Also, there’s often wine and snacks. The minuses: it’s hard and I’m not sure it’s very useful. I like scarves and all… I’m just not sure I’d make one worth wearing.

But last night I discovered a new and exciting hobby: lock-picking! The tools are sort of illegal in DC. But we did it in Virginia, and used bobby pins and a metal shim from a pen. I now have calluses on my fingers and mild obsession. And I didn’t even pop the lock. Like knitting, lock-picking is hard, but it’s totally useful (for good, not evil) and kind of exotic. Now to find a lock-pick-n-bitch.