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  A payoff on a bet from last year's baseball season results in a trip aboard an extraordinary charter yacht making an around-theworld cruise.  My buddy Jim Raycroft is a traveling photographer and a very persuasive guy. Why just last year when his beloved Boston Red Sox imploded once again, and he finally decided to answer the phone, he convinced me that the payoff to a bet we had would be forthcoming. You see I agreed to send him a can of Boston Baked Beans every time his Sox beat my NY Yankees. And what would he send me when the tables were turned? "I'll come up with something suitable," was all he would say.  Well, as it turned out, neither of our teams won. But as far as I was concerned, a bet is a bet. And as the rejoicing of that fishy team from Florida was quickly forgotten by those of us dwelling in northeasterly climes, and the sun, now day by day lower o... (more)