Changing of the Guard

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will become Maryland's 61st governor when he takes the oath of office Wednesday. Government House in Annapolis, vacated today by departing Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his family, awaits the new first family of Maryland. The rest of us - neither living in a 52-room mansion nor taking any oath - await significant changes and challenges.

When one administration replaces another, the real changes can often be subtle. As always, historians look first to hair for answers:


Out: Barbers

In: Hairstylists


Out: Polo shirts, turtlenecks, sweat pants

In: Power suits, power ties, power socks

Out: Motown

In: O'Malley's March

Out: Unseasonable tans

In: Pale Irish skin

Out: Barbecue chicken, Chinese noodle cookies

In: Corned beef and cabbage


Out: Basketball, golf

In: The gym, the gym

Out: ESPN's SportsCenter

In: John Kennedy's Profiles in Courage - then maybe time for C-SPAN

Out: Democrats fighting Republicans over slots

In: Democrats fighting Democrats over slots


Out: WBAL's The Chip Franklin Show

In: NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock Celtic music show

Out: Leon's Restaurant in Arbutus

In: Cafe Hon in Hampden

Out: The spirit and wisdom of William D. Schaefer

In: The spirit and wisdom of Parris N. Glendening


Out: 10-foot inflatable Santas

In: 10-foot inflatable leprechauns