Dearest Mr. Gentleman,
I regretfully write to say I will be unable to attend this month’s fête, as I will be en route to New Orleans, to indulge in some decadence of a different sort.
Do spare a thought for me as you taste your first sip of bourbon tonight, and know I’ll be missing you all down to the last drop of my Sazerac rye.
I look forward to sharing the more sordid details of my sultry, southern sojourn when I return.
Ms. Elsha LaRossa