My Dearest Geeklawyer,
Please accept my humblest apologies for my unpardonable failure to attend LawBlog 2008 last night. Unfortunately, the exigencies of making a meagre crust in these most difficult of times (and having to fit five days' work into a three day week) meant that I was unable to extricate myself from my workplace until such a late hour that my attendance at your illustrious gathering was no longer viable. Further, my efforts to get my work done so that I could leave on time only served to exhaust my feeble body, resulting in my having to retire to my bedchamber at 9 pm.
I realise that none of the above serves to excuse the inexcusable, and I ask your forgiveness for my pathetic inadequacies.
Your most humble servant,