August 10, 2005

THUS THE TIME-ZONE RULE:

Tough throes for cut-off man (Dan Shaughnessy, August 10, 2005, Boston Globe)

Eight days in Sicily. Big family vacation. Myself and a lot of folks with Italian blood. [...]

You have no idea how much I missed baseball and the Red Sox. In eight days on the island, not one person knew whether or not Manny had been traded. I tried to ask a guy in Cefalu, but he thought I was asking about Manuel Rui Costa, who plays soccer for AC Milan.

Actually, I think one of the locals may have asked me about Tony Graffanino, but no one in Sicily spoke English, so there wasn't much I could offer.

All in all, my Mediterranean holiday meant lots of good family time, but absolutely no access to the other things I love: no Globe sports page, no English-speaking papers of any kind, no ESPN, no CNN, no Internet, no air conditioning, no White Mountain Creamery, no double-meat whoppers, and no sports radio (OK, I made that last one up).

Sure, there was plenty of great pizza, pasta, and wine, but how is anyone from New England supposed to survive summer breakfasts without a daily portion of the most crucial food group: the major league box score?

It was torture.

MORE:
Tanning may be cancer culprit: Non-melanoma cases for people under age 40 on the rise, study finds (JULIE DAVIDOW, 8/10/05, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER)

When the sun makes its brief but glorious feature appearance in Seattle's summer sky it might seem ungrateful -- reckless, even -- not to bask in it.

"I just feel like it's summer. It's your right to get tan," said Ellen Rohwer, 21, while spread out on a towel next to a friend at Green Lake on Tuesday.

But that quest for the bronze -- under the sun or in the tanning booth -- may be contributing to an increase in the number of non-melanoma skin cancers in people under age 40.

The disease has traditionally been seen largely in people over 50, but young people could now be catching up, say researchers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 10, 2005 12:00 AM
Comments

[H]ow is anyone from New England supposed to survive summer breakfasts without a daily portion of the most crucial food group: the major league box score?

A better question: How does anybody from New England survive daily portions of Dan Shaughnessy?

Posted by: Matt Murphy at August 10, 2005 10:37 AM

Italians are all Yankee fans.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 10, 2005 10:58 AM

Laptop. Hotel with high-speed Internet. Subscription to streaming audio/video off of mlb.com. I'm sure the Boston Globe can afford it.

Posted by: John at August 10, 2005 11:11 AM

My brother, who lives in Boston and is a Red Sox fan, travels extensively on business -- over 100 days a year often to asia and africa. He no longer complains about being away from red sox news, but he stays at business hotels where he can get good internet connections.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 10, 2005 3:03 PM
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