5-in-5

Call it Blurrrrrrrr: 5 countries in 5 days. Saturday-Wednesday: Ireland ... Sweden ... Denmark ... Germany ... Italy. And now for some good shopping. I've got the day off in Milano, and my hotel is but yards from La Scala and the heart of this incredible city. Incidentally, I spoke back-to-back in Frankfurt with Rudy Giuliani—and had the chance to meet Da Mayor for the first time. I'm an insta-fan! He is easy to talk to—not always the case with those who reside on Mt. Olympus—and as funny as he is smart. Lucky me! (Double lucky me: I had a better night than RG did. At about 5 a.m. Milan-time, my Red Sox finished off his Yanks, capping the Most Incredible Comeback Ever. Alas, we enter the World Series with Schilling hurting and Martinez in, uh, "questionable form." By the by: Hooray for the I'net & High-speed Connections thereto; I listened to The Game via Boston radio over the Web.)