Even a relatively short underway such as this makes one appreciate the creature comforts to which most people are normally accustomed. When you eat boat food for such a stretch, Subway and McDonald's taste so much better. Speaking to my parents, even though I don't do it very often, was welcome as well. Having wireless Internet enables me to catch up on my Razzification, among other things. And watching the dramatic conclusion of the U. S. Open far outranks reading about it in Stars and Stripes.
Speaking of the Open, big up to Tiger Woods for pulling it out. I was a bit skeptical of his ability to win, given that he hadn't played since the Masters and was coming off knee surgery. But not even a late charge by Rocco Mediate could deny golf's greatest talent. I believe Tiger when he said that this victory was the best of his career. And how about Torrey Pines? The South Course proved its mettle as one of the toughest tests in golf, with the winner and runner-up playing to only one under in regulation. Next year, our national championship remains on a public track; being on the PNR next summer, I'll miss the Open's return to Bethpage Black, in the vicinity of my ancestral home. Unfortunate, but given that the USGA is bringing the Open back there so soon after the first one in 2002, there should be plenty of chances to catch another U. S. Open on the border of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
Another man deserving of props, albeit posthumous, is Tim Russert. I was saddened to learn of his death on Saturday; though I didn't watch Meet the Press often, I was always impressed by Russert's style. His loss leaves an enormous void at a time when television news needs exactly the kind of contribution he provided.
That's all I've got right now. Mumbles and I have much carousing and consumption left ahead of us. Peace out!