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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 … Continue reading

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Black Tie Execution, In All of Its Meanings (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Five)

Now that we were at the ball, mostly smashed together like sardines, I decided to watch people and take note of what they were wearing as far as “black tie” was concerned, just for fun. I kind of expected that … Continue reading

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The Ball (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Four)

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is very large.  It has three stories and six rooms.  The two balls, the Commander in Chief Ball and the Inaugural Ball were both in the same building at roughly the same time.  The … Continue reading

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Logistics (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Three)

To get to the ball, we hired a driver whom we’ve hired in the past.  He would drive us down, wait around for us, and take us home.  We weren’t sure about how bad the traffic might be caused by … Continue reading

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Black Tie – What Does That Mean, Really? (Inaugural Ball, Pt. Two)

In the meantime, I started researching black tie and what that actually meant.  I had an inkling, but no real facts.  I found this site:  http://www.blacktieguide.com.  Thus began my detailed education on “black tie”.  For instance, black tie is often … Continue reading

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