Thinking about Oman. How to get there, when?
Then Omar sends me a piece of shit typical garbage article from a hack, Christopher Dickey, which is nothing but a sordid review of $500-a-night hotels in the country. So I write Newsweek online:
"What kind of armchair reporting is this? has more going for it than a bunch of luxury hotels, I hope. This article reads like an ad for fat-cat hotels; is this what Dickey does now? Don't fat-cats wish to beat the city and get out into the wilds, even luxuriating in a $1500-a-day camel and tent trek? I fully realize this article is part of a luxury travel series, but Dickey makes look like another stop for fearful rich twits who think Mango nectar on ice with CNN every morning is experiencing the world. Give me a break! is on nobody's radar as far as i can see, and this sort of pap from perhaps explains why. Unless you've got $583 a night to kick the coolies around, why bother to go? Come on Christopher. You're a writer. Is the elevator going up or down? Push some buttons and tell us something about an interesting part of the world instead of regaling us with the comforts of the inter-continentals. Why insulate yourself from a country and its culture? Your article contains a dash of history, a sprinkle of personal insight, and a load of hot pompous air. Newsweek should be ashamed of this drivel."
Then I write a note to my friend Christie B., who got me buzzed about Oman to begin with:
"Look, this is the kind of limp, thoughtless B.S. on