Getting it Right (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Six)

So is it snobbish* to want people to truly understand and wear correct black tie?  They don’t do it because it costs too much?  It’s too much trouble?  They just don’t know, partly because the salesmen don’t know diddly squat either?

Which is worse – just wearing a suit or sort of trying to get it and failing, sometimes miserably?  If points were given out for trying and each piece of the attire gets a point, those who tried and accomplished part of it get more points than those who don’t try at all.  So even though I didn’t wear my shoes, and therefore haven’t a leg to stand on, I’ll vote for at least trying to get “black tie” even if they don’t manage all the pieces correctly.  I’ll give ‘em extra points for just trying!

So, Was it Fun?

I don’t know if it was fun or not.  Or what I really can’t decide is whether or not I’d do it again.  As of last night, I thought not.  I’ve crossed it off my bucket list and don’t need to do it again.

But, if the right circumstances came up, I might.  As in this president is a historic figure already, being the first black president we’ve had.  If we had another historic situation, I might do it again, such as the first woman president.  We’ll see.


*On the snobbish question:  Getting black tie right is paying attention to details and understanding that to do so respects the host and his/her request.  Why is that snobbish – paying attention to details?

Is there some other area of life that doesn’t get you extra points for paying attention to details?  Speaking and writing properly is paying attention to details.  The practice of law or medicine is paying attention to details or losing, sometimes spectacularly.  The difference between winning and losing in a sport is by paying attention to the details.

Is it because there’s money involved?  But there’s money involved in sport and occupations, too.

There seems to be this attitude that it’s snobbish to want correct language usage, too (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.).  Why?  Paying attention to the details here improves communication.  Miscommunication gets us in trouble.  “Sloppy language indicates sloppy thinking.” ~Dr. Deb Bennett

The End.  Mostly.


About Laurie Higgins

I play with clicker training - with my horses, dogs, and cats. I also attempt to grow vegetables with the hope of one day being able to feed my family from my garden. My daughter and I are learning ballroom dancing. Well, we were. But she left me for a paying horse job, so now my husband and I are learning ballroom dancing. I'm also now helping Peggy Hogan, of Clicker Training Horses (and The Best Whisper is a Click) to teach people how to train their own horses using "clicker training".
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  1. Pingback: Black Tie Execution, In All of Its Meanings (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Five) | Core Connexxions – Laurie Higgins

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