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  •  (Apologies for the double response (1+ / 0-)
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    First one seemed to be eaten.)

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:02:17 PM PST

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      It is not that hard to get tickets to the inaugural itself if you have ever contributed to or volunteered on a federal campaign.   Getting tickets to inaugural balls can be a bit more difficult, but I am active enough in Virginia democratic politics that being offered the opportunity to purchase hem is not surprising.  

      I also have the advantage for inaugural type events that I don't have to spring either for transportation to DC or for a hotel room, since I live locally.

      I could have gone to Clinton's 2nd Inaugural or one of the balls, but by then had changed from working with computers to teaching and money was very tight so I could not justify it.

      In 2010 we gave almost no political contributions because our finances were so bad.  This year knowing I had the buyout, and having done a number of consulting and writing gigs that had brought in extra money we contributed about 20% from that income to various political candidates - besides the President, to Tim Kaine and to several friends who ran (unsuccessfully unfortunately) for the House.  I have also made nominal contributions to local candidates and state legislative candidates.  Since the Arlington Democratic Party is a co-host of the Virginia Inaugural Ball, that by itself would give me the opportunity to purchase.

      A number of friends in Virginia Democratic politics are surprised that given my improved financial status I am not going to the ball.  My wife and I discussed it, and decided to instead direct the resources directly.  

      I realize that for someone for whom every dollar counts such an action may seem like a slap in the face, as I saw in one comment further upthread.  It was not so intended.  Nor was it meant to do anything but focus attention on some organizations whose work is critically important to the values I hold.  


      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:56:54 PM PST

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