*Wilmington Trust won popularity points by sponsoring two side-by-side virtual reality air simulators. Long lines of the CDO world's finest formed, looking to test their skills in barrel rolling and shooting down enemy aircrafts. The scoreboard kept a running tally and while some chancers netted close to 30-locked targets, others embarrassingly only shot down two or three planes. Apparently, several players in the crowd owned up to holding both CFA certificates and pilot licenses, according to the machine's operator. He added that after bar mitzvahs corporate conferences ranked as his favorite gig.
* The St Regis resort boasts an 18-hole golf course and the Lehman Brothers party on Monday night boasted Tiger Woods in attendance. According to several reliable and jealous sources from rival firms, the private event saw Woods milling around with the crowd, no doubt swapping golf tips and investment ideas.
* A tarot card reader at the Derivative Fitch party on Sunday night was at a loss for words when people started to ask him how their deals would do, how their bonuses might look and if interest rates would rise or fall. One attendee got flipped a death card and the devil in the same hand.