Since we last spoke, I’ve been to Asia and back. There’s some gossip about it in NY Daily News’ Gatecrasher today. While abroad, I can report that I didn’t hear a word of debt ceiling talk, but I’m happy to be back in the U.S.A. eating in restaurants that don’t feature shark fin, snake, and bird’s nest. The latter, a delicacy the Taiwanese tried to serve me on several occasions, is a gelatinous goop made from the saliva of cave swifts. It’s supposed to be good for the libido. I’ll take diner eggs and a Viagra, thanks.