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I'm just saying: Part 4

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 18, 2008 08:54 AM

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I hope everyone had an excellent weekend.

My weekend was pretty ho-hum. I spent some time working and some time checking out the sights. I offer these thoughts as I sit here at the USA-China baseball game where the Americans lead 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The USA should be leading by more. China’s pitcher is throwing some junk. He has been under 80 mph with his pitches throughout the night. I’m just saying….

Well, I really miss America. Here is why: Although I have a nice big bath tub and a huge shower, the water here stinks, literally. When I brush my teeth, I have to use bottled water. I am forced to take showers or baths because I don’t want to be funky like some people around here are while I am walking around. I aim to be so fresh, so clean (my OutKast reference for my homie back at home). I’m just saying…

I also miss American food. Although we have McDonald's here, what I need is the McDonald’s side hustle -- Chipotle. I am in need of a chicken burrito. Speaking of food and beverages, I am also suffering withdrawal from my favorite drink – drambue and ginger ale. However, I have been drinking a lot of beer and wine. But it still does not quench my drambue urges. I’m just saying…..

I was riding on the bus back to the hotel from boxing and this Italian guy sat next to me and he was explaining his love of boxing to me. He writes for a magazine outside of Sicily. Though his English was rough, I could understand the language of boxing. He tells me that he goes to all the big fights in Las Vegas. What kind of budget does he have? Perhaps American newspapers could take some notes from him as our travel budgets have been slashed. I’m just saying...

Speaking of travel, the Boston Globe staff is staying at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beijing. It is conveniently connected to the main press center, the center of all information and access. We have been getting a little haterade from some of our media friends, getting sarcastic remarks like, ‘You are really slumming here.' Big props to my predecessor, Reid Laymance, for having the foresight in selecting this fine spot. You can’t put a price on convenience and comfort when you are staying in a foreign country like China for three weeks. I’m just saying...

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6 comments so far...
  1. Mr. Lee, maybe you have been to China before and covered so many Olympics for the Globe that you were able to have a ho-hum weekend while in Beijing. But to the average sports fan, reading your post is extremely insulting. Maybe you and the rest of the Globe staff can complain to one another at the hotel bar about the level of excitement over a few beers and some wine, but your readers aren't interested. I am sure your boss was delighted to read such an insightful, heartfelt post as well. What with American newspapers slashing travel budgets, maybe the Globe can save some coin on the next big international event and leave you home so you can enjoy your chicken burritos and drambue and ginger ale. This is why I can't stand bloggers and wish that there were more reporters. I'm just saying...

    Posted by Bitter Reader August 18, 08 01:16 PM
  1. Maybe dude throws like a gurl...I'm just saying!

    We miss the Lee shimmy too (AKA our personal MJ)...I'm just saying!

    We will drink in honor of you - Drambue and ginger ale on the rocks- The bottle was spotted recently...I'm just saying!

    Maybe he doesn't have a budget...I'm just saying!

    Nice hotel + smelly water = sarcastic remarks...I'm just saying!

    WORD!

    Posted by Natalie O August 18, 08 10:28 PM
  1. You know what's nice? Knowing how to spell what you eat and drink.

    It's "Drambuie".

    And you get paid to write. I'm just saying...

    Posted by CapnVan August 19, 08 03:28 AM
  1. Maybe dude throws like a gurl...I'm just saying!

    We miss the Lee shimmy too (AKA our personal MJ)...I'm just saying!

    We will drink in honor of you - Drambue and ginger ale on the rocks- The bottle was spotted recently...I'm just saying!

    Maybe he doesn't have a budget...I'm just saying!

    Nice hotel + smelly water = sarcastic remarks...I'm just saying!

    WORD!

    Posted by Natalie O August 19, 08 02:41 PM
  1. Chill out dude! It's just a blog, I'm just saying!!!!


    It's a dag on blog. What do you think of the Olympics where baseball teams are sending players to the hospitals because they can't throw straight!

    WHATEVER!

    Posted by Natalie O August 19, 08 10:47 PM
  1. Maybe if more Seppos could read a newspaper instead of a comic - just saying.

    Posted by AussieG August 20, 08 12:59 PM
 

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