Some of the British tabloid press have been expressing concern as to why Jessica Catto spends so little time in London with her husband, Henry Catto, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James's. Ambassadors' wives tend to be on hand fulfilling the "wife-of" role at myriad social functions, but Jessica apparently prefers to spend much of her time in Aspen, Colo., where she is having environmentally sound houses built. Since the Cattos are Texas royalty, the current issue of Texas Monthly magazine sent a writer to London to talk with "The Lone Ambassador" and to point out there are no dark clouds in the couple's marriage.

Jessica wasn't even there on the eventful day when Catto presented his credentials to the queen. The British may be concerned about Jessica's infrequent visits, but the ambassador clearly isn't. He told Texas Monthly: "Jessica lives with an airplane strapped to her rear end, but other than that, it's fine. ... Of course, a lot of the upper crust think she should be a nonpaid government slave, but here is what I tell them: 'Jessica Catto half time is better than any other woman I know full time.' "

Out and About Yes, that friendly couple sitting in the lounge of the Jefferson Hotel Monday evening did look familiar. It was none other than the man who once wanted to be president, Gary Hart, and he was having drinks with an attractive dark-haired young woman. They came and left separately and Hart paid for his vodka and her scotch with his American Express card. The Jefferson always has been one of those dark intimate spots where meetings take place ...

The Washingtonian magazine is following up its November cover story ("First, Kill All the Lawyers") by hiring Kim Isaac Eisler as a national editor to cover legal issues and Washington lawyers full time. Eisler, the author of "Shark Tank," has been a senior editor at Legal Times and has worked for the Delta Democrat Times in Mississippi, the Tampa Tribune and the American Lawyer. In explaining hiring Eisler, Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert said, "More and more this is a lawyers' city and we're going to look hard at how they make their money, how they affect people's lives, how they affect the national interest" ...

Marilyn Quayle and her children are welcoming trick-or-treaters at the vice president's mansion again this Halloween (tonight from 6:30 to 7:30), but if any parents think they are going to get a close look at the family residence, forget it. All adults have to wait for their children at the gate ...

Diana Rigg sightings: It's been more than 20 years since the sassy British actress starred in "The Avengers" and became a superstar in the United States. With Rigg in town for WETA's annual party for big donors Monday night, it seems like everyone was watching for her. She checked into the Grand Hotel that morning and invited the staff in for champagne; she shopped in Georgetown yesterday to buy slap bracelets for her 13-year-old daughter; and last night she went to the Folger Theatre to see Stacey Keach in his masterly performance of "Richard III." She and Keach performed in "Love Letters" in California, the same "Love Letters" that opens tonight at the National Theatre with E.G. Marshall and Colleen Dewhurst ...