I met “Lola” via Entrecard drops. Her blog is Lola’s Diner which also features a nifty Diner motif. Yes, her name isn’t really Lola but, who cares? She is an active follower of my site and has left me many thoughtful and intelligent comments.
I asked “Lola” to guest blog on my site because she is like so many of us yet, so individual. I think that you will find her interesting as you learn more and understand her. Personally, I visit Lola’s Diner on a daily basis.
My name is Lola and I’m the proprietor of http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/ . I live with my partner Anastasia, my 14 year old son, and my 15 year old daughter. On my blog I share recipes and conversation across the virtual lunch counter. Topics are varied and can include current events, politics, parenting, mental health and GLBT topics.
I am honored to be selected to guest post on Harriet’s blog today. When I first found out I was selected, I wracked my brain for a topic. I decided to go with something topical. So my topic is “The Inauguration and Inaugural Celebrations”.
First off, like many of the milestones that have happened in United States history, everyone will remember where they were when they heard the current Chief Justice John G. Roberts administers the Presidential Oath of Office to President Barack Obama. “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
There are Inaugural Balls and Inaugural Galas, soirees, concerts, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, etc. All sorts of events. I went on http://www.washington.org/visiting/experience-dc/presidential-inauguration/balls-and-events and found more than 70 events.
Anastasia, being ever so clever, wanted to know what the difference was between a Ball and a Gala. First off, to my son: balls have nothing to do with that AC/DC song from the “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” album. Second of all, you don’t have to be Gay to host/plan a Gala (but it doesn’t hurt…we throw fabulous parties.)
To find out the official difference I consulted http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ . A Ball is “A large formal gathering for social dancing”. A Gala is “A festive celebration: public entertainment marking a special occasion.” And in case you were wondering, a Soiree is “a party or reception held in the evening.”
As I write this, I wonder if any of our readers will be attending the inauguration or any of the balls, galas, soirees, and other events. If you will be attending the inauguration or any of the events, please post in the comments section. I would love to hear all about it. I actually know someone who will be attending. I am no longer in touch with this person, so I won’t get the whole scoop firsthand, but I might perhaps get some tidbits secondhand. I’m sure she is bragging non-stop about it and completely obsessing over it. If I find out anything, I’ll be sure to dish on my blog.
There lots of websites giving recommendations on what to wear, where to go, who will be there. If you will be attending, dress warmly, expect rain, but don’t bring an umbrella, because they aren’t allowed. If you don’t bring your own rain poncho, be prepared to sell your first born to purchase one from a street vendor.
Some of the balls, galas and other events are classified as “Official” and some “Non-Official”. Who really cares, right? A party is a party!
Former President Clinton attended 14 “Official” balls. How many do you think our new President will attend?
Please check out my blog http://lolasdiner.blogspot.com/ post for today for a rundown of “My Picks for the Inaugural Celebrations”.
Thank you Lola!!!!