My apologies for not blogging too steadily this week, but I've been terribly busy serving as Muammar Qaddafi's secret envoy in Washington. He is, as you know, very high-maintenance. For one thing, he wants a house on Martha's Vineyard as a condition for stepping-down. This shouldn't be a problem right now -- prices are off significantly on much of the Vineyard -- but he's limiting his search to up-Island, specifically Chilmark, which is a) very expensive and b) has strict rules about the erection of large Bedouin tents, even on private property. Anyway, enough of my problems. I'll be back soon.

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