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The Washington Post editors were stumped. No one could agree on the savviest way to fix the sensitive situation. How would they fill the white space below the fold in the Metro section?

Such must have been the crisis Monday that led to today’s absurd ramble on D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty’s bus trip to a news conference at Cardozo High School.

Since the conference was about urging residents to leave their cars at home, it wouldn’t do for Fenty to show up in a city Lincoln Navigator. So as in all good crisis/resolution yarns, our protagonist considered his options.

Metro? Nope. He’d have to walk a couple blocks. City-owned hybrid? Nope. Still runs part-time on gas. Cannondale? Nope. Yellowed pits in the button-down, shine on the dome.

Finally, our hero figured it out. He took the bus, which tag-team reporters David Nakamura and Nikita Stewart inform us “caused quite a stir.” Fenty even braved the rabble without his security detail. Someone asked the mayor for a business card. It was crazy.

And after Fenty finished the news conference, it was time to journey back to the Wilson Building sans auto. This time Fenty slummed in on the subway. Thankfully, our reporters left out that part of the narrative.

But it wouldn’t be a narrative without an ironic kicker to make reader think a little. Drum roll. By evening Fenty was back to the Explorer his Expedition.

Next time Metro editors are faced with a filling-the-paper crisis, I have a suggestion: Leave it blank and include a crayon.

CORRECTION: Due to an error by Joe Eaton, an earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the mayor’s ride.