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Wednesday
Jan212009

Glamor 

Excitement!  Adventure!  Cardboard fences!

If you're wondering what it's like to attend a Presidential Inaugural Ball, here's the answer:  Really f'ing crowded.  There were seven thousand people at the Illinois State Society to-do this weekend.  Lines in the bathroom.  Lines at the bar.  Lines to gather up free plastic crap.  More on all this later.

And what happens before The Glamor?  The cardboard fences:

fencebuildingEvery room at the Ball had its own theme, and ours was the Country Saloon, because when you think "Illinois," you think naught but wild, wild West, with tumbleweeds and cacti choking the dusty streets of East Joliet.

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Every room at the Ball had its own theme, and ours was the Country Saloon, because when you think “Illinois,” you think naught but wild, wild West, with tumbleweeds and cacti choking the dusty streets of East Joliet.

I bet some of the organizers are members of the http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/05Tf4RY3bA2Ha/610x.jpg" rel="nofollow">Billy Crystal Fan Club ;-)

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

As a resident of Central Illinois, I can safely say I have yet to see a tumbleweed or cactus here in the Cornfields. But now I know what to look for on our next Sunday drive.

I had no idea Inagural Balls could be a teaching tool!

January 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

So, the fences were clearly intended to prevent stampedes by angry people waiting in all those lines, right?

January 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

Having lived in New Mexico I can't imagine tumbleweeds and cacti in Illinois!

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