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What was the dumbest thing you ever did while traveling?

Leave all my interview tapes and my computer in my car in Washington, DC. Someone smashed my window and took them all.

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Rio 2007 Pan American Games

My trip to Rio in July 2007 for the first week of the Pan American Games.

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Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  |  Jul 14, 2007
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Since I don't have the broadcast rights to the Pan Am Games, I had to find a way around. I refuse to steal in the name of the United States, so taking my recorder/ camera into the venue without permission is out of the question. But I talked to the USOC, and they are very accomodating as far as getting interviews with US athletes. It looks like the American people might get their money's worth after all.

Also I got to meet Brian Casaneuve of Sports Illustrated. The Brazilians have worked out a plan to bilk the press out of money - they make you pay for a wi-fi card in the press center. They have had ethernet in the room until now, but one of the people there said that it was going to be taken out on Sunday. So you HAVE to use wi-fi, for which you need a card, which you have to buy from one of the Games' sponsors, the Brazilian phone company Oi!

I didn't know that when I did my budget for the trip. So basically I'll have to see if the account I set up works with wi-fi.

The cards are good for 24 hours, so I proabably want to activate them at night, instead of in the morning. That way I don't waste hours of wi-fi capability sleeping.

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