Usually summer is kind of quiet around here. Washington still has the old-school tradition of emptying out during the hotter months.

Out-of-office responses bounce around town like a beach ball. Gays head to Fire Island, Provincetown, Rehoboth, or just anywhere in this city with a pool.

Straights go, well, wherever it is they go. With a quieter town, this column usually takes a few weeks off. But, this town can surprise you.