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January 26, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

TULIPS....Jeez, all the cool bloggers are getting an all-expenses vacation to Holland. Nothing for me, though, even though I love tulips. Sigh.

But in case the Australian tourist board is thinking of doing something similar, can I put my name in the hat for a vacation to next year's Australian Open? You guys wouldn't mind a week of tennis blogging next January, would you?

Kevin Drum 12:08 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (27)

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Posted by: phobos deimos on January 26, 2006 at 12:13 PM | PERMALINK

Go Baghdatis!

Posted by: whatever on January 26, 2006 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Screw the tulips. You can legally smoke primo weed there.

Posted by: brewmn on January 26, 2006 at 12:24 PM | PERMALINK

Screw the tulips. You can legally smoke primo weed there.

Yeah, but they put mayonnaise on their french fries.

Posted by: Alek Hidell on January 26, 2006 at 12:37 PM | PERMALINK

I hope the bloggers that are going are sufficiently degenerate as to take full advantage wonderful opportunities for excess and depravity in Amsterdam.
Tulips and wooden shoes, gimme a break.

Posted by: Michael7843853 G-O in 08! on January 26, 2006 at 12:39 PM | PERMALINK

if you actually have to ask about "fun things to do in Amsterdam", or if you're only interested in the tulips, then you don't deserve to go there. Ever.

What a waste.

Posted by: haha on January 26, 2006 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

just a couple suggestions--start every day off right at one of the many coffee shops, go to the Van Gogh Museum, then the national museum which is right next to it, the Heineken brewery(also in the same vicinity), Ann Frank's House, take a coffee break, check out Dam Square and the shopping thoroughfare, eat a giant waffle ice cream cone, and also eat the french fries with mayo(you'd be surprised how good it is). Also check out the Vondelpark, take a boat ride through the canals, rent a bike and soak up all the awesome scenery and architecture, then stop back at a coffee shop.

The possibilities are endless...I was there once in January, and it really wasn't that cold. If you're sensitive about rain or short days, then don't bother.

Posted by: haha on January 26, 2006 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

Well, the next best thing to you blogging the Australian open would be if ESPN keeps up the current coverage. Nothing better than (here on the west coast) coming home from work to six hours of live tennis.

Although, it would be fun to be writing this comment to you with you blogging at the match in the middle of the match.

Have you been watching every night?

Posted by: hank on January 26, 2006 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

I got five bucks that sez Kiefer loses a point for breaking the rules in his match against Federer.

Posted by: decon on January 26, 2006 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

And another 5 bucks that sez Baghdatis wins no more than 9 games against Federer.

Posted by: decon on January 26, 2006 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Speaking of Kiefer, has anyone seen or read the official "explaination" of why he refused to concede that point against Grosjean?

Posted by: hank on January 26, 2006 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Any tennis grand slam blogging would be excellent, so feel free to put your name in as many hats as necessary.

Here's hoping Federer bludgeons Kiefer into submission. I can't stand that guy.

Posted by: thisiscmt on January 26, 2006 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,
You want to describe Federer's game in words??

Posted by: Ravi on January 26, 2006 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Everyone is playing their best tennis against Fed so far this year, but I bet Fed will slice Kiefer up like a Christmas ham. Here's hoping, anyway.

And Kev, you obviously have a few tennis fans here, so how about some tennis blogging? What about rule changes for doubles, Sharapova's grunting, Andy's misplaced mojo..... Bring it on.

Posted by: decon on January 26, 2006 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

Kiefer admitted it was wrong in his post-match interview, but blamed it on the heat of the moment. I hope Federer dismantles him.

Go Baghdatis!

Posted by: whatever on January 26, 2006 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

Amsterdam

Disney Land for adults

Posted by: Lurker42 on January 26, 2006 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Sensing the direction this thread is heading, who else finds this weeks Mauresmo, Henin, Federer, Baghdatis show far superior to the Williams sisters/Roddick version.

Nothing against Americans, but looking at the current U.S. top players, one would think all you had to do was simply hand a very, very good athlete an oversized racket and instructe them to jack the ball as hard as they could. Up there in the booth, McEnroe was probably thinking he could beat most of these guys blindfolded.

Its refreshing to see players who actually use more than one shot to win a match.

Posted by: hank on January 26, 2006 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Except we seem to be approaching a Sampras moment with Federer in the majors. He's so much better than anyone else that only the French Open -- that worthless freak show -- stands to test him at all.
Step up, boys.

Posted by: Jim Madison's Dog on January 26, 2006 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

Are we at the point where bloggers are starting to get kickbacks as well? Is there some paid op-ed column gigs in the future?

You guys are too crtical. Time to start getting you cozy with the Beltway Tea Party crowd.

Posted by: Memekiller on January 26, 2006 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Aussie Open blogging sounds great to me!

Posted by: Matt Lantz on January 26, 2006 at 6:25 PM | PERMALINK

Dude, please! Tennis makes my neck hurt.

Posted by: pjcamp on January 26, 2006 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

If you ever make it down to the Australian Open, I'm sure the Melbourne blogosphere would be keen to welcome a visiting celebrity American blogger with a Grogblogging (ie an opportunity to consume food and imbibe your beverage of choice)...

It's a good tournament to go to. Unlike the other Slams, Melbourne Park is a reasonably short walk (or a very short tram or train ride) from downtown, and the tournament has a real impact on the city. Your hotel, food, and whatnot will be much, much cheaper than New York, London, or Paris. The weather may be anything between about 70 and 100 Farenheit, but at least it generally won't be as steamy as a northeastern summer, and if the weather gets too hot they close the centre court roof and turn on the air conditioning.

And if you're missing Newport Beach, there are swimmable beaches 15 minutes from the city and surf beaches about 90 minutes drive away... :)

Posted by: Robert Merkel on January 26, 2006 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

You didn't mentiom shark patrol, Robert, which some of us outlanders find a tad bit disconcerting. You lot do have a talent for finding highgrade consumables, however.

Posted by: opit on January 27, 2006 at 2:09 AM | PERMALINK

I've lived most of my life in San Diego, but I spent half a year in Holland in an exchange program. Believe me, Kevin--you're better off anywhere else in February. Did you know it actually gets too cold for snow? Frightening.

Posted by: Stoffel on January 27, 2006 at 3:40 AM | PERMALINK

It's cold like that here in NL now. I have the heat on as high as it'll go and I'm still shivering.

Anwyway, how do you you think those of us bloggers actually in Amsterdam feel about this?

Pissed off, you betcha.

Posted by: Republic of palau on January 28, 2006 at 3:15 AM | PERMALINK

Opit, Kevin (or anybody else) stands a far higher chance of drowning than getting eaten by a shark if they go swimming on an Australian beach. Do you feel reassured?

Seriously, the risk of doing either is very small if you swim at a patrolled beach, of which there are ample. Don't swim at an unpatrolled one, mainly because of the drowning thing.

Posted by: Robert Merkel on January 28, 2006 at 6:36 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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