Wednesday, January 07, 2009

So Many Balls, So Little Time . . .

by Sean Chercover

Inauguration Day approaches, and I simply have nothing to wear. A mind-numbing number of Inaugural Balls this year, so even if I did have something to wear, I'd have a hard time choosing. The "hottest ticket" is the Illinois Inauguaral Ball, but I don't think I can swing that one. I just don't have the clout.

And even if I could swing a ticket, I'm not sure if I'd go. Indulge me for a 'graph, while I insert a serious point into an otherwise completely frivolous post. . .

I happily contributed to President-Elect Obama's campaign, and that got me on his every-time-you-check-your-email-I'm-spamming-you list. During the campaign, I was cool with all the emails. I wanted to be kept current on developments, and I understood the need to continually "hit the list" for more money. But. The campaign is over. And I'm still happy to receive altogether too-many emails, keeping me current on cabinet appointments and such. But emails that beg for money to fund inaugural balls? I mean, are you kidding me? Has anybody on the Obama email team paid any attention to the economic crisis that got him elected? This, to me, represents a major tin ear. Most Americans (and certainly most small-donors who contributed what little they could) are freaking out about the economy, worrying about the future, and counting their pennies. And you want more of our money to help pay for your f**king party?? Wow.

End of rant. Back to frivolity. . .

So, the Illinois Inaugural Ball is a tough ticket. That's because it is too all-encompassing and everyone from The Prairie State wants to attend. But fear not; I have a solution. All we need to do is break Illinois down into subgroups, and have a ball for each. Perhaps you can help me. Here are a few suggestions, to get the ball rolling (pun intended):

The Corrupt Politicians With Brass Balls Ball
Host: Governor Blagojevich (natch).
Guests of Honor: Tony Rezko, Ed "Fast Eddie" Vrdolyak.
Dress: Orange Jumpsuit recommended.
Catering: Bologna sandwiches.
Venue: Club Fed.

The Cheezeborger! Cheezeborger! Ball
Hosts: The Sianis Family, Nick Kapranos, Jeff Magill.
Guest of Honor: Rick Kogan.
Dress: Come as you are, we don't stand on ceremony here.
Catering: Doublecheez!
Venue: Where else? Hubbard & Lower Mich.

The Thanks For Picking A Team And Meaning It Ball
Host: Ozzie Guillen.
Guest of Honor: President-Elect Obama, who will be honored for his honest position as a White Sox fan. We're sick to death of pols who profess deep love for both the Cubs and the Yankees (see, incoming Secretary of State) or profess love of a sport that they don't actually watch (see, incoming Secretary of State, and hundreds of others). If you don't like sports, just say so. And if you do like sports, don't hedge your bets by naming more than one 'favorite' team. You're not gonna lose votes over it. Damn. Cowards.
Dress: Ball cap, polyester jersey.
Catering: Hot dogs, mustard only.
Venue: The Cell.

The Boystown Ball
Hosts: Sister Sledge.
Guests of Honor: Congressman Barney Frank, and Ex-Senator Larry Craig if he's ready to come out.
Dress: Glam. You know this will be the best-dressed ball of them all.
Catering: Wilde Bar & Restaurant (A nice mix of Boystown hepcats and Lakeview breeders).
Venue: Halsted, north of Belmont. Everybody loves a parade.

Okay, those are my Chicago-centric inaugural ball suggestions. Let's hear yours.

22 comments:

Barbara D'Amato said...

I don't have any suggestions. I'll go to the brass ball ball and hail the Blagojogrinch. ["Pay me or I'll cut funds to Children's Hospital."]

Sara Paretsky said...

Sean, I am so with you on these e-mails from Obamaland. Everyone in my world is hurting, with hours cut, adult children needing financial aid, jobs lost or dangling in the brink. $100 and you could get a fleece-lined commemorative sports bra; 200 and we'll throw in the straps for absolutely free! Enough already.

Mark Combes said...

I kinda like this Burris dude. I think he deserves a ball, watcha think?

The Roland, Roland, Roland, Burris Ball
Host: Blogo himself. He had the cajones to appoint the man - she should man the dias.
Guest of Honor: Why, the "Junior Senator from IL" natch
Dress: A business suit - but bring at least two attorneys as accessories.
Catering: I think a little soul food is in order - but this isn't a race issue....
Venue: Let's do it at Blogo's house. Tear up the carpeting, wear the lapshades - he won't be living there very much longer anyway.
Music: The Rawhide Song as sung by Chicago's own, the Blues Brothers.

Raymond said...

I haven't seen one damn politician without a tin ear. We've got some real hogfuckers down this way that will throw you in jail for stealing a six pack and then they'll ask you for a beer.

FizzWater said...

You all a bunch of slap happy gonads.

steve z. said...

The Organ Harvesting Ball.
Gov. Bribeovich has been accused of withholding funding for Children's Memorial Hospital in exchange for large campaign contributions... The last time we were at Children's Memorial for an extended stay, our son shared a room with a 15-year-old boy who'd had two heart transplants and was undergoing dialysis. A nice kid, too... It's widely known that there aren't enough matching vital organs to go around, so why not put Gov. Bribeovich to good use and harvest his organs if he is indeed found guilty of bribing that institution?

Anonymous said...

That's some funny stuff.

Steve in Germany

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