While cruising home after dinner Tuesday eve, former economy minister Martin Lousteau got pulled into a police checkpoint, was asked to breath into the breathalizer...and was caught for a DUI. And then, as Clarín notes, he had to hand over his car just like--and you can almost hear the amazement--any private citizen. Of course, he's not in the government any more, so one doesn't now if the law extends to those in power. I somehow can't imagine Julio de Vido getting taken to the station for a cervecita too much, but I may just be cynical.
As you well know by now, we're not above tooting our own horn. So I'd like to note a two-some in Budget Travel, Cintra's recent definitive article on Buenos Aires hotels on the magazine's website, and my own piece on tango etiquette in the magazine. I also had a piece on the soul of Buenos Aires (or some such thing) in this month's Continental Airlines in-flight mag. I was at first wary of writing for an in-flight, considering how bad so many are, but the new editor there, Gail Harrington was clear that she wanted to make something better, a "real" travel mag if you will. I think she succeeded, and happily Jaunted writer Victor Ozols seems to have noticed and agreed. (A note to those looking for logrolling in our times: Ozols and I both wrote for Gridskipper back in the day, but I've never met the guy; that said, after his kind words about my piece I now think of Ozols as the most incisive magazine critic in the Western World.)
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.