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The first question involves economics, philosophy, emotion, compassion, prudent tax planning, the value of publicity, and charity:

This week I am selling my beloved crappy car, with all proceeds going to charity. Many more interesting details will be available on Tuesday in Chatological Humor, but for the purpose of this poll, the basic facts are these:

The car is a 1991 Mazda 323 hatchback with 85,000 miles on it. Manual transmission, of course. It is mechanically sound but cosmetically atrocious. I have mentioned this car more than two dozen times in books, columns, and chats, always in the context of it being a lovable, reliable, ugly, filthy, total POS. I'm selling it on eBay, in an auction that began Sunday and will be over this coming Sunday.

The charity in question is The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation, created this year in the memory of two remarkable, public-spirited young men killed in a traffic accident in July; they were from the Washington D.C. area, the only children of Jan Taylor Weeks, an artist, and Linton Weeks, a journalist and former colleague of mine at The Washington Post. The Foundation disburses donations to a number of charities, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, Muscular Dystrophy Camps.

When transferring ownership, I’ll take the winning bidder to lunch.

In answering this question, weigh all the above factors. Remember that in eBay auctions, the selling price is not the highest bid but just a smidgen higher than the SECOND highest bid. Remember also that any amount over the estimated market value of the car (somewhere between $400 and $750) is tax deductible.

What will the winning bid be?
$700 or less
$701 to $1,500
$1,500 to $2,500
$2,501 to $5,000
$5,001 to $10,000
$10,001 to $25,000
More than $25,000
You are invited to a Christmas party for your office, at the home of the boss. Employees are expected to attend, with their spouses. You like your work, you like your boss, and you like most of your coworkers. How do you feel about this impending party?
Ambivalent; there are things I'll like about it and things I won't.
I kind of dread it.
I totally dread it.
In general, what is your attitude toward parties?
I like them.
I can take them or leave them.
I hate them.
At a Thanksgiving party at my house this year, the Achenbachs and the Burgers and I went to a park and played football. For some reason, we also competed in teams to see how far we could throw and catch a raw egg without it breaking. We brought a tape measure. What was the distance of the winning toss?
5 feet
12 feet
22 feet
41 feet
57 feet
213 feet
Based on what we know so far, does Tiger Woods have any obligation (legal or ethical) to explain to the public or the police exactly what happened?
Yes, he does.
Maybe he does.
No, he doesn't.
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