l Gore did win something, after all. He is the recipient of the annual "I Need a Hideaway" award from Hideaways.com, the Web site of the travel guidebook of the same name.

Recount-weary Gore and chipper Tipper won a stay at the (appropriately named) Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands.

Will a hammock, a view and a resort named Bitter End, far from Florida, help Al Gore make the transition from almost-president to soon-to-be-unemployed government worker? Thrown in with the free stay were two T-shirts with the Web site's slogan: "Having abandoned my search for the truth, I'm now looking for a good hideaway."

The award is presented to public figures singed by the limelight and in serious need of R&R.

Past winners include Bill and Hillary Clinton, Monica Lewinsky, O.J. Simpson, Santa Claus and megamillion-dollar Powerball lottery winner Farrah Slad.

The Gores can sail, swim, sun and smooch at Bitter End.

The resort staff will even organize a game of touch football if the Gores so request.

No vote, recount, lawyer or judge needed for that.

$outh of the border

While in Mexico, Insider wanted to exchange some money but was worried that it might be getting more "change" than it bargained for.

With a money symbol placed before the word exchange ($exchange), the meaning gets a bit distorted.

Travelers may think they are getting more than meets the eye at this money exchange place. In another part of town, a different money exchange booth must have caught on to the possible misinterpretation of its sign and tried to fix it with the clever placing of a local beer sign over the dollar sign.

Music lovers

Sabre, like any vendor of technology services to travel agents, aims to create approaches that save time for the trade.

One saving would come by reducing time spent on hold with travel suppliers, listening to music and waiting for the chance to talk to a human who could answer a few questions.

However, Insider has been told, customer research has provided one little surprise that upsets most assumptions.

It turns out that some agents like that music.

Insider figures agents are expert at finding the silver lining in any cloud.

Father Time

Things are back to normal in the Dominican Republic.

A trial run with Eastern Standard Time apparently left too many confused residents, so the Oct. 28 decree, in which time was set one hour back, was recently reversed to set the time back, or rather ahead, to Atlantic Standard Time.

So now when it is noon in New York, it is 1 p.m. on the island.

The time change (back to Atlantic Standard Time) was put into effect after complaints from business owners and residents alike.

According to local reports, many Dominicans protested the October time change as it resulted in dawn coming at around 5 a.m. and night at around 5 p.m.

Daylight Savings Time was originally put into effect to save on electricity (air conditioners would be off earlier) and increase productivity (add one hour of daylight to working shifts).

Lead balloon

We thought we had become jaded to the hype employed by Internet start-ups, particularly in their press releases, but one stuck out the other day.

In its quest to get press as "the next best thing," a travel company, which shall remain nameless, called itself "the leading supplier" in its particular niche.

Because it was a company we had never heard of and in a niche with well-established names, we asked its spokesman how a start-up can call itself "the leading supplier" at this point in its existence.

Well, he said, the company isn't leading in the sense that it is the biggest company in sales; it is the leading company because it, unlike its rivals, employs Web technology to sell its product. Oh, we said, that's a new definition of "leading" we hadn't heard.

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