This disco mirror-covered camel lives outside the hotel I'm staying at this weekend in Dubai. It's Friday night here, or 3 a.m. Saturday morning. I haven't slept since waking up at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. It's not pretty, but I'm making it through somehow. Just got back from Sanctuary at The Atlantis (which is situated on one of the fronds of the Palm Islands!) where I met up with my gorgeous friend Khatchig, whom I haven't seen in eight years, his sister, and some of his friends. It was super-fun, but I'm half alive, sleep deprivation, you know, so I bailed around 2 a.m., an hour before the club closed. Pretty respectable, I think, after all. There was this house DJ there, apparently a big hoo ha deal, but he's one of those DJs who only play beats, only music with no words or discernible melody. I felt very 1999 in that club, but it was super-interesting to get out, meet some new people and see what the nightclub scene is like in Dubai. I kind of love it here. More tomorrow... now sleepytime.