Watching the Web

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I flew to Miami on Continental to attend the Jupiter @travel conference about the Internet's effect on the business. Fortunately, I had a pretty good breakfast and a piece of carrot cake at Newark Airport before boarding the flight. The three-hour post-lunchtime run between EWR and MIA is beverage-only unless you want to count a package of mini-pretzels as lunch.

The flight was smooth and while I did have another infant seating in my row, the baby was adorable and didn't scream once.

I checked into the Sheraton Biscayne Bay on Brickell Avenue downtown and to my consternation discovered they didn't have TNT on their cable system. That was the station carrying my beloved Knicks' playoff game so off I went in search of a sports bar.

I found one a few blocks away in the Bayside shopping complex near the new American Airlines arena and the Port of Miami but could handle only a few minutes of the smoke-filled place. I'm not going to get into my smoking rap because the last time I did that I got a bunch of angry letters from smokers. If you want to smoke, that's fine. I just need to be in a smoke-free environment because I start coughing if there's smoke anywhere around. It's a sign of age or something.

I came back to the hotel and checked the Regatta Bar but they were showing a Cubs-Astros baseball game. So I retreated to my room and decided to "watch" the game on the Internet. You can't exactly watch it. At least I haven't figured our how to do that although I suspect a high-tech person could instruct me on it.

But you can check into a sports site on the Web and get pretty frequent updates.

Last time I looked the Knicks were down eleven so I logged off and opened Microsoft Word to write to you. I can't stay here much longer because I have to go back and get the sports update.

It must be fate because I came down here to go to an Internet conference and here I am watching a basketball game on the Web.

Oh, I forgot to tell you. I met some conventioneers on my walk over to theBayside complex They asked me directions and I suggested they follow me.

They turned out to be a group of psychiatric nurses attending a convention here. Considering that I was under a lot of stress about where to see the game, that was a lucky break.

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