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Great X-pectations

As he prepares to head to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Page 2's Eric Neel -- a non-X-Games guy -- anticipates what he might encounter.

Updated: January 30, 2003, 11:19 AM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2 columnist

A writer sits around wishing he were in San Diego covering the Super Bowl. He dreams of fish tacos at the Brigantine on Coronado Island. He holds a poorly-blended, but very strong margarita with one hand, and a sea shell to his ear with the other. An oscillating box fan whirs steadily in the window, and he paces, trying to tell himself it's just like walking on the beach.

The phone rings -- it's his editor.

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