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I'm sure we were at the only inaugural ball where a gaggle of deaf people excitedly signing, a young man whirling in his wheelchair, a gay couple, and officers in full military dress shared the dance floor. The disability rights ball was like going to a wedding reception or a prom, except without the focus on specific people. It was a lot of fun - MoBob and I danced the evening away. Contrary to what I'd heard about inaugural balls in general, there were (happily) plenty of substantial appetizers, like mini-crabcakes, to eat. There were over a thousand people crowded into the main floor of the National Press Club. Thank goodness mortuus suggested that we leave our coats in my office which is in the same building.

Senator Harkin on the big screen.

Melody Barnes, domestic policy advisor, representing Pres.-elect Obama.

It was an incredibly eclectic crowd.

We're so cute!

Ms. You Can Do It and her dance partner.

Comedian Geri Jewell - remember her from "The Facts of Life"?

Performance artist Bill Shannon.

This afternoon I went to the day of service activity to assemble kits for Fil-Am vets. There were at least two hundred people there, many more than what the organizers had anticipated, so we watched a video on Fil-Am vets and then wrote letters of appreciation to vets and those currently serving. Someone from the Philippine Embassy was interviewed for a TV channel in the Philippines and I hope they got shots of the diversity of the people who came, including the army officer and her kids below.

Lechon for Obama! (photo from Filipinos for Obama)
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On January 19th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC), mortuus commented:
Yay for giving good advice! ;-)

That looks like a lot of fun. Maybe I'll try to get tickets to a ball next inauguration.
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On January 19th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
The Utah State Society Ball, perhaps?
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On January 20th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC), rmurphysf commented:
You two look so great! I can't wait to hear about everything.
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On January 20th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I'm so glad we went!
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