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ANNOUNCING THE FREE REPUBLIC W2 INAUGURAL BALL, FEATURING GOV HUCKABEE AND CAPITOL OFFENSE
Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball ^

Posted on 12/01/2004 1:46:39 PM PST by Jim Robinson

Edited on 01/18/2005 11:18:17 AM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]

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ANNOUNCING
THE FREE REPUBLIC W2 INAUGURAL BALL
FEATURING
GOV. HUCKABEE AND CAPITOL OFFENSE

Free Republic’s 2001 Inaugural Ball and Count the White House Silverware Party was such a rousing success that 61 million Americans demanded we do it again in 2005. So, we are!

The Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball, featuring Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and his rock and roll band, Capitol Offense, will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2005 in Washington, D.C.

The Ball, which will celebrate the reelection of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, as well as honor our men and women serving in the Armed Forces, will be held at the Washington Plaza Hotel from 7 p.m. to Midnight.

Admission to the Free Republic W2 Inaugural Ball is currently $175 per person for those purchasing advance reservations by December 31st and will be $200 per person thereafter, and $250 at the door if not sold out beforehand. A limited number of restricted children’s admissions are available for $30 for those children under 13 years old. Please note that paid admissions are nonrefundable.

Attire for the Ball is black tie optional.

We are very honored that Governor Huckabee and Capitol Offense accepted our invitation to play a return engagement at our Ball. Everyone was so thrilled by their performance at the 2001 Ball that asking the band to play at this Ball was our first priority on November 3rd.

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Governor Mike Huckabee (left) and the Capitol Offense Band

Only 1,000 admissions to the Ball will be sold. We’d love to have you join us. FReepers worked very hard this year, on the forum and off, to help secure President Bush’s reelection. This will be your night, too. See you there!

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FAQs for THE FREE REPUBLIC W2 INAUGURAL BALL

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What is the address for the hotel where the Ball is being held?

The Washington Plaza Hotel
10 Thomas Circle
Washington, D.C. 20005
202 842-1300

What attire is appropriate for the Ball?

Black tie and evening gowns are preferred, however business attire and business casual are acceptable. Cowboy boots and dress jeans are also appropriate. Active duty, reservists and retired military are encouraged to wear their dress uniforms.

We appreciate that not all FReepers like to dress up, so use your best judgment. However, wearing shorts, thongs or vulgar t-shirts will not get you in the door.

Why does admission to the Ball cost $175?

Prices for events like this at D.C. hotels have doubled since our 2001 Ball. The price covers the costs associated with paying for all expenses for the Ball. This is not a fundraiser for Free Republic. We are hoping to just break even.

What does the price of admission cover?

The price of admission includes: Buffet style salads, pastas, cheese and fruit, sliced turkey, ham and salmon, desserts, coffees and teas. There will be open bars serving liquor, beer, wine, bottled water, juices and sodas. Free coat check and reduced parking rates at the Washington Plaza are also included. If feasible, we will arrange to hire shuttle buses to give free rides from the McPherson Square Metro station to the hotel and back.

What methods of payment are being accepted?

American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and PayPal.

Checks and money orders are acceptable with the following conditions: Checks and money orders must be received within 10 calendar days of your online order being placed for your request to be honored. Checks returned for nonpayment will be charged $30. Please do not send cash.

A confirmation e-mail will be sent once your payment has cleared. Please save it and print a copy to take with you to the Ball as no tickets will be issued.

Is there a deadline for admission sales?

Credit card and PayPal order requests will be accepted through January 20, 2005, provided the admissions have not sold out by then.

Order requests by check and money order must be placed by December 31, 2004 and received by January 14, 2005, provided the admissions have not sold out by then.

Please note that the price of admission is $175 if purchased in advance on or before December 31, 2004 and will be $200 thereafter until the deadline.

Will admissions be sold at the door?

Maybe. There will only be 1,000 paid admissions available. If they sell out before the Ball, there will be no door sales. If there are door sales, the admission price will be $250. Cash or credit card only. No checks accepted at the door. Government issued photo ID will be required.

Why are tickets not being issued for the Ball?

For security reasons, formal tickets are not being issued for the Ball. When purchasing admissions to the Ball, you will be required to give your name and those of your guests. To gain admission to the Ball, you and your guests will be required to provide a government issued photo ID at the registration table. Any changes as to whom you are bringing to the Ball must be sent via e-mail to Jim Robinson by January 5, 2005. After January 5, please inform Kristinn Taylor by e-mail before January 20.

Are admissions refundable?

No. Because substantial financial commitments must be made for the Ball, we will not be able to refund the admission fee for any reason. If you are unable to attend, you will be allowed to transfer your admission to your designee by following the notification procedure above, or you may donate your admission(s) to a wounded OIF or OEF veteran recuperating at D.C. area military hospitals (contingent upon approval by the hospitals.)

Free Republic reserves the right to refuse admission to the Ball of any known disruptor or antagonist without refunding their admission. Anyone who pays admission and disrupts the Ball shall be removed from the Ball and their admission fee will not be refunded.

Will there be security officers at the Ball?

Yes. For security reasons we will not explain further.

What does the restricted children’s admission cover?

Because some parents don’t wish to leave their children at home on such a special night, we have made arrangements with the hotel for a special children’s room directly adjacent to the Ball. A children’s meal consisting of chicken fingers, french fries, string beans, coleslaw, cookies and fruit punch will be provided.

Parents will be responsible for the supervision of their children. The room can hold about two dozen children under 12, therefore a limited number of restricted children’s admissions will be available.

What about children over 12?

Youths and young adults under 21 and over 12 will have to pay the regular admission price of $175. They will be able to participate in all Ball activities. By law, they are prohibited from possessing alcohol. The hotel reserves the right to card anyone. Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Is smoking allowed at the Ball?

Smoking will only be allowed in the hotel bar ( a very short walk from the Ball area) and outside the hotel.

Does having an open bar mean I can drink as much as I want?

No. The hotel reserves the right to refuse to serve anyone appearing intoxicated. The hotel will not serve alcohol to those under 21 years old. The hotel reserves the right to card anyone requesting or drinking an alcoholic beverage.

Is parking available?

Yes. Some street and garage parking is available. The Washington Plaza has a pay parking garage underneath the hotel. Ball guests will be able to self-park at the discounted rate of $9 for the event. Please note the garage has a 6 foot maximum clearance and that it only has about 300 parking spaces. A small lot for taller vehicles will be available next to the hotel on Vermont Avenue.

Street parking is available, but limited as the hotel is near residences and small businesses. If at all feasible, take a cab or Metro to the Ball.

What’s the closest Metro station?

The closest Metro station is McPherson Square on the Orange and Blue lines. It is about a four block walk from the Washington Plaza. We are looking into hiring a shuttle bus to ferry Ball guests from the McPherson Square station to the Ball and then back afterward. We will decide later whether this is feasible and make an announcement about it. Metro normally closes at midnight on weekdays, but should stay open late for the Inaugural. We should get confirmation of that closer to the Ball.

For more information about Metro, go to http://www.wmata.com

What will a taxi ride cost me?

The non-rush hour single passenger fare within one zone is $5.50 The Washington Plaza is located in D.C. Taxi Zone 1, which covers most of downtown D.C. Fares and zone maps can be found at the following: Click for Taxicab Zone Map

Driving directions:

Click for map to hotel

Hotels:

Most hotels, including the Washington Plaza, are requiring a three night stay for the Inauguration. Less expensive rooms can normally be found outside the city in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Crystal City, Alexandria and Falls Church) and suburban Maryland (Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg.) Look for hotels that are close to Metro stations.

Will there be a pre-Inaugural Wednesday night FReeper dinner?

Probably, but we’re not working on that now. We will post a thread in early January to gauge interest. If there is sufficient interest, one will be arranged.

Will there be a souvenir Ball video or DVD available after the Ball?

Maybe, depending on whether there is sufficient interest.

Order Your Tickets Here

(Please direct press inquires to Kristinn Taylor.)



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KEYWORDS: freerepublic; inauguralball; w2; w2ball
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1 posted on 12/01/2004 1:46:39 PM PST by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Will the Pres show up???


2 posted on 12/01/2004 1:50:02 PM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Jim Robinson

You gonna let Chris come?


3 posted on 12/01/2004 1:50:04 PM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: KevinDavis

Hey, that'd be cool.


4 posted on 12/01/2004 1:50:49 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionist Senate! Sixty in 06!)
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To: AppyPappy

Chris is hoping to be there.


5 posted on 12/01/2004 1:51:24 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionist Senate! Sixty in 06!)
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To: Jim Robinson
To gain admission to the Ball, you and your guests will be required to provide a government issued photo ID at the registration table.

WHAT?!?!?!?! You've sold out to THE MAN! AAAAAAGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

Oh, and Bttt!

6 posted on 12/01/2004 1:51:34 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks ('Hate' is just a special kind of Love we give to people who suck.)
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To: All

The Ball reservation system is now open for business!


7 posted on 12/01/2004 1:52:36 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionist Senate! Sixty in 06!)
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To: Jim Robinson
"However, wearing shorts, thongs or vulgar t-shirts will not get you in the door. "

What if you have a note from your podiatrist stating your need to wear thongs?
8 posted on 12/01/2004 1:52:58 PM PST by Moral Hazard
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To: Jim Robinson

Sorry, you have to excerpt this source.

:D


9 posted on 12/01/2004 1:53:45 PM PST by adam_az (Nov. 3, 2004: Our Republic is Secure!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Wish I could go, but am not cleared for travel.

I'll be with y'all in spirit.


10 posted on 12/01/2004 1:54:11 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Gawd....I wish I could go...bummer :(
11 posted on 12/01/2004 1:55:33 PM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Jim Robinson
wearing shorts, thongs or vulgar t-shirts will not get you in the door.

Sadly, those are the types I like to party with.

Oh, for the days of Andy Jackson's inauguration!

13 posted on 12/01/2004 1:56:17 PM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting johnathangaltfilms.com and jihadwatch.org)
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To: Destro; Jim Robinson

"wearing shorts, thongs"

...and if Ann Coulter shows up in shorts or a thong, you'll turn her away....???


14 posted on 12/01/2004 1:58:21 PM PST by adam_az (Nov. 3, 2004: Our Republic is Secure!)
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To: Jim Robinson
I'm soooooooooo Jealous, You guys are gonna have so much fun... :*(
15 posted on 12/01/2004 1:59:46 PM PST by cmsgop
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To: adam_az
...and if Ann Coulter shows up in shorts or a thong, you'll turn her away....???

I would, but I'd feed her first...

16 posted on 12/01/2004 1:59:46 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks ('Hate' is just a special kind of Love we give to people who suck.)
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To: Jim Robinson
I'm TDY on the East Coast this time. I can afford it. I've got my dress blues with me (gotta sew on new stripes, haven't worn them in a while). I've almost talked myself into going.

/john

17 posted on 12/01/2004 2:01:04 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (D@mit! I'm just a cook. Don't make me come over there and prove it!)
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To: Jim Robinson

I have my hotel room booked, I now have my tickets, just need to get a tux and I'll be all set. The last one was great, I am sure this one will be better.


18 posted on 12/01/2004 2:15:48 PM PST by JimWforBush
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To: Jim Robinson

No black tie for me. I'll wear a business suit with my cool "Guernica" tie.


19 posted on 12/01/2004 2:17:20 PM PST by doug from upland (Vietnam Vets: FINALLY -- welcome home, heroes)
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To: JimWforBush

Great! See you there!!


20 posted on 12/01/2004 2:18:05 PM PST by Jim Robinson (No more obstructionist Senate! Sixty in 06!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Just paid up via pay pal.

I'll be there with my wife and daughter wearing my Army Dress Blues.

WooHoo!


21 posted on 12/01/2004 2:22:56 PM PST by roaddog727 (The marginal propensity to save is 1 minus the marginal propensity to consume.)
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To: Jim Robinson

I got order # 1007. Must be selling fast!


22 posted on 12/01/2004 2:23:20 PM PST by patton (Drei Kinder sind bloss eine Anfang...)
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To: patton

We got 1008, beat us by one.

WooHoo, going to be a great time!


23 posted on 12/01/2004 2:25:03 PM PST by JimWforBush
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To: Jim Robinson

Is there a "Freeper Hotel" this year?


24 posted on 12/01/2004 2:25:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: JimWforBush

hehehheheheh. See you there.


25 posted on 12/01/2004 2:26:13 PM PST by patton (Drei Kinder sind bloss eine Anfang...)
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To: Coop

wake up, brother! Tickets are MOVING!


26 posted on 12/01/2004 2:27:58 PM PST by patton (Drei Kinder sind bloss eine Anfang...)
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To: adam_az

Doh! Now how do I get that image out of my head?

Gonna have to do pennance for that thought....


;-)


27 posted on 12/01/2004 2:35:40 PM PST by Snerdley (Pacifists are the parasites of freedom.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Just got my ticket. Anybody need a date? My husband is a Democrat and I dragged him to the first Bush ball, but he won't come to this one.


28 posted on 12/01/2004 2:37:22 PM PST by Dems_R_Losers (20 million oppressed women liberated by George Bush...and counting!)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn

I got my ticket (1022) and look forward to meeting you Jim, and to seeing Kristinn and crew again, and to meeting a whole bunch of great Americans.

What time is President Bush going to show up?


29 posted on 12/01/2004 2:40:59 PM PST by RobFromGa (End the Filibuster for Judicial appointments in January 05)
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To: Jim Robinson

The link will not recognize webtv. Please post mail address and accept this as confirming my earlier reservation for two.


30 posted on 12/01/2004 2:41:28 PM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(ret))
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To: Jim Robinson

Darlie & I just paid up!

Can't wait to see ya again, Jim.


31 posted on 12/01/2004 2:43:20 PM PST by Seeking the truth ( www.0cents.com - Pajama Patrol Badge stuff is here!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Have fun all! Wish I could attend but since I'm in Atlanta it would be a bit out of the way.

FYI:

I just happened to have come back from Thanksgiving weekend in D.C. Great city. I was stunned to find out that the Smithsonian museums were free.

I stayed at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel (A Loews Hotel). It is very old, affordable and a block from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. We paid $125 a night which included valet parking ($22 per day) and breakfast. Not a bad deal.
32 posted on 12/01/2004 2:44:31 PM PST by Republican Red (A Global Freak'n Test ???????)
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To: Jim Robinson

Dang, Gov. Huck's lost a lot of weight.


33 posted on 12/01/2004 2:45:04 PM PST by Sloth ("Rather is TV's real-life Ted Baxter, without Baxter's quiet dignity." -- Ann Coulter)
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To: kristinn

see # 30 to Jim


34 posted on 12/01/2004 2:45:18 PM PST by larryjohnson (USAF(ret))
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To: AppyPappy

Hank, will you be able to make this?


35 posted on 12/01/2004 2:47:06 PM PST by Seeking the truth ( www.0cents.com - Pajama Patrol Badge stuff is here!!)
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To: patton
wake up, brother! Tickets are MOVING!

Thanks, but I'll pass.

37 posted on 12/01/2004 2:50:25 PM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Jim Robinson

I can't wait to meet all of you!


38 posted on 12/01/2004 2:53:08 PM PST by clarissaexplainsitall (stewed tomatoes are just plain gross)
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To: Prime Choice; fooman; Jim Robinson; jwalsh07; DoughtyOne; Eastbound; Naplm; hoosiermama; ...
Inaugural Ball ping list ping! We're open for business.

Prime Choice, thanks for the great looking Ball logo.

39 posted on 12/01/2004 2:54:36 PM PST by kristinn
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To: Jim Robinson

And FReepers tend to have rather large balls, don't they?


40 posted on 12/01/2004 2:55:06 PM PST by hispanarepublicana (Miss Free Republic High School-198?)
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To: kristinn

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

And Mike Huckabee and the Capitol Offense, to boot?

THIS IS GONNA BE GREEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!

Thanks, Kristinn, JimRob, and everyone who broke their a$$es getting this shindig off the ground - AGAIN!!!

You guys are, simply, THE BEST!!!


41 posted on 12/01/2004 2:58:30 PM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: kristinn

beat you - I already bought mine! LOL


42 posted on 12/01/2004 2:59:18 PM PST by patton (Drei Kinder sind bloss eine Anfang...)
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To: Jim Robinson; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...

mega bump!


43 posted on 12/01/2004 3:00:20 PM PST by RaceBannon (Arab Media pulled out of Fallujah; Could we get the MSM to pull out of America??)
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the ping and for all you've done to put this together. It's going to be great!


44 posted on 12/01/2004 3:07:47 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Jim Robinson
"However, wearing shorts, thongs or vulgar t-shirts will not get you in the door. "

WHAT!!!! No bunnie slippers and PJ's! I am not going then! Actually, I am soooo jealous of everyone who can go! Wish I could! Is anyone going to have wireless access to do a thread from the ball so we who can't come will get to see it through their eyes? Everyone, have a wonderful time & tell the Prez that we ALL love him!

45 posted on 12/01/2004 3:08:15 PM PST by LUV W (WE DID NOT WAVER; WE DID NOT TIRE; WE DID NOT FALTER; AND WE DID NOT FAIL!! GWB ROCKS!!!!!!!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

The huckster won't have a celebration ball here in Arkansas??


46 posted on 12/01/2004 3:10:28 PM PST by steplock (http://www.outoftimeradio.org)
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To: kristinn
Official Website for the Inaugural itself is here.

50 Days to Go!


47 posted on 12/01/2004 3:14:39 PM PST by RobFromGa (End the Filibuster for Judicial appointments in January 05)
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To: Jim Robinson

Got the tickets, order # 1050, paid via PAYPAL... YAY! Again, thank you for doing this! We sincerely appreciate it!


48 posted on 12/01/2004 3:20:16 PM PST by P-Chan Penny (When Informed Women Vote, Republicans Win!!!!!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Man I love you guys! It looks like I'll be able to WALK from my hotel!!


49 posted on 12/01/2004 3:20:51 PM PST by Americanchild
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To: deadhead

Yo, time to get the tickets. I've got the hotel rooms reserved and I got the tickets for us and BT, DT, AT,AT,DT. CB and NB can't go.


50 posted on 12/01/2004 3:21:44 PM PST by jwalsh07
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