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A World Cup twisted from its roots

Updated: May 30, 2006, 4:45 PM ET
By Michael Davies | Special to Page 2

Day 14: From sleepless to speechless

June 14, "Bird", the jazz club/bar at the Mayoko Inn, 2:15 1.m. I don't know how to tell these lovely people that I missed my hovercraft. In fact, I don't know how to say anything to them except for arigato (thanks) and kampai (cheers). It's comical really, I try to tell them that I'm a writer, and one of the waitresses, Yoshimi, says, "I understand, I understand," and pulls out her Zippo and lights my cigar. She points at it -- "Righter. Yes?" ...

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