Postcard from Athens

Athens 2004

August 22, 2004|By CANDUS THOMSON

ATHENS -- It's hard to believe Greek traffic laws fill 40 pages of a book.

Motorists here drive on the sidewalk, park on the sidewalk and sometimes seem to aim for the sidewalk. Cabbies, in particular, seem to have taxi bumpers specially designed to brush aside pedestrians. With the price of gasoline, who can blame them?

For their part, local pedestrians -- from the Greek meaning "dead man walking" -- are defiant to the end. Even with a speeding vehicle bearing down on them, they do not alter their pace.

Jaywalking pedestrians in front of Lexington Market are rank amateurs compared with these folks. Makes you appreciate Baltimore.

What's ahead today

The title of world's fastest human will be decided, with semifinal and final races of the men's 100-meter sprint.

The women's marathon begins, appropriately enough, in Marathon, where the 26.2-mile race was born.

Softball holds semifinal and bronze-medal games.

In gymnastics, women compete in individual competition in vault and uneven bars.

The U.S. women's basketball team takes on the Chinese squad.

Women's wrestling debuts.

Men's tennis has its gold-medal match.

Today's TV schedule


10 a.m.-6 p.m.: track and field*, women's volleyball*, rowing, beach volleyball

7 p.m.-midnight: gymnastics, track and field, diving, beach volleyball


4 a.m.-10 a.m.: equestrian, table tennis*, team handball


2 a.m.-4 p.m.: women's basketball*, rowing*, beach volleyball, softball*, wrestling*, women's volleyball, table tennis*, women's water polo


10 a.m.-3 p.m.: tennis*


4 p.m.-7 p.m.: boxing


Noon-7 p.m.: boxing, beach volleyball

Tomorrow's early TV schedule


12:35 a.m.-2 a.m.: track and field, beach volleyball, cycling

2 a.m.-5 a.m.: prime time replay


Midnight-1 a.m.: sailing, shooting


2 a.m.-7 a.m.: track and field*, canoeing, men's volleyball, wrestling


1:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.: boxing


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