The Best Reasons to Call in Sick This Summer

By Yael Kohen

April 23, 2008 3:36 AM
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Andy Roddick defeats Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the semifinals of the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio on August 20, 2005.
Leslie Billman
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Andy Roddick defeats Lleyton Hewitt

THE U.S. OPEN The greatest tennis tournament this side of the Thames starts August 19. There's no better way to blow a weekday afternoon than scarfing down strawberries and cream while watching the sport's hottest players pound the Courts.

Democratic Convention

THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION Be patriotic! Stand on the picket-slash-cheering line (depending on what side you're on) at the Democratic Convention on August 25-28 in Colorado. If you miss it, fear not. The Republican convention begins shortly after, on September 1 in Minneapolis.
montreal jazz fest
Tony Tremblay
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Montreal Jazz Fest

THE MONTREAL JAZZ FESTIVAL Lollapalooza, schmollapalooza. The Montreal Jazz Fest runs June 26-July 6. Use it as an excuse to visit Montreal, the Paris of Canada. Oh, and Woody Allen performs at the festival on June 30.

Beijing 2008 Olympic Cultural Festival

THE OLYMPICS This one may require more than one sick day. The summer games in Beijing kick off on August 8 and wrap up on August 24. It may be too late to snag tickets to the high-profile events like gymnastics and swimming. But we hear table tennis is as thrilling as it gets.
Dave Everitt
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local theme park

AMUSEMENT PARK Rent a car and drive to the local theme park. Though weekdays usually draw camp crowds, it still beats standing in line two hours on a Sunday to ride a three-minute roller coaster.

love parade

LOVE PARADE The annual gathering, billed as "the largest party in the world," usually convenes in Berlin. This year it's Dortmund, Germany, beginning on July 19. (Take off work the Friday before.) Expect raucous techno music, floats, costumes, and exhibitionism.
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