FRENCH OPEN BLOGGING….So I’m watching the French Open on the crummy little desperately-needs-to-be-replaced TV next to my desk. It’s a semifinal match in a grand slam tournament; it stars Roger Federer trying to win his second slam of the year; and the weather looks wonderful.

But the stadium is only about half full. What does it take to get Parisians to a tennis tournament, anyway?

(And in case you’re wondering why I haven’t replaced my crummy little TV, the answer is odd: I can’t find one small enough. It has to fit in a space about a foot wide, but I can’t find a color set with a 9-inch screen anymore. Very peculiar.)

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