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Flagellation, Then Dinner

We'll soon be getting to the Christmas party season, which brings the customary flood of invitations from government agencies, shops and the like. Be on the lookout for an invite from Finnish Ambassador JukkaValtasaari. If his event for Jason Pontin, editor in chief of the MIT Technology Review, is any indication, you don't want to miss it.

Here's the schedule of events before the 30 to 40 guests discuss nuclear energy policy after dinner:

_____In the Loop_____
If You're Available Jan. 20 . . . (The Washington Post, Nov 17, 2004)
Rumor's as Phony as a $2 Bill (The Washington Post, Nov 15, 2004)
I Can Stay for Just a While -- I Think (The Washington Post, Nov 12, 2004)
Some Low, Some High, but 3 on the Money (The Washington Post, Nov 10, 2004)
Payback Time for Enviros (The Washington Post, Nov 8, 2004)
More In the Loop

6:00 p.m. Bar will be open for all guests.

6:00 p.m. Sauna for ladies.

7:00 p.m. Sauna for gentlemen.

8:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.

This is to be an authentic sauna, almost like in Finland. For example, birch twigs, which you use to hit yourself to increase circulation, and for aromatherapy, are provided. They'll also give you towels.

On the other hand, you won't be able to then jump naked into a snowbank or into those brain-numbing, frigid lakes they have back home. Okay, it's not coed sauna, but, hey, this is Washington.

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