Friday, January 23, 2009

Western Inaugural Ball

Delegate Kilili gave me two tickets to the Western Ball. The ticket said it was a black tie event, so instead of renting a tuxedo, I just borrowed a black tie.

I took one of his staffers, Becky Cruz Lizama, as my date. I think some of my readers know her, but I had only met her briefly at a coed soccer game last summer and during a meeting about the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument back in December (I also invited her to the LCV reunion).

The food at the ball was terrible, but the drinks weren't too expensive. A beer was $6 and a glass of wine was $9. The bartenders were really slow, which was annoying and made for a lot of standing in line.

There were two stages, one on either side of the ballroom. The main stage is where Marc Anthony sang and where Joe Biden and Barack Obama appeared. On the other end was where the cheesy Mickey Mouse Club-esque band played a bunch of cover songs.

We ran into Madeleine Bordallo. She told us that the Governor of Guam Felix Camacho was there, but we didn't see him.

Ron HowardRon Howard was there.  We didn't talk to him.

jennifer lopez and marc anthonyMarc Anthony provided some of the entertainment. He surprised everyone by bringing his wife, Jennifer Lopez, out on stage to sing a duet for his last number. I was really far away and this is the best picture I could get.  I saw on a magazine cover that the smooch he gave her after the song was proof that their marriage was on the mend.  Whatever.

sir richard bransomI saw Sir Richard Branson walking out of the VIP area.  We also saw Tyra Banks, but I only managed to get a picture of the back of her head.  No need to post that one.

Joe BidenJoe Biden showed up at around 11 PM. I tried to get closer, but this is the best I could do.

I didn't try shooting any pictures of Barack Obama when he showed up around midnight because I wanted to get him on video. Oh well.  Not like there isn't a few pictures of him elsewhere on the Internet.

1 comment:

bigsoxfan said...

Well done. The force is indeed strong with you. Did you see Ron Howard's campaign short? Best of the season in my book. Well, allright, it was the only one I watched all the way through. I should still have a copy if you don't. Give a big Saipan shout out,if you can't find it.