Written By:  Crystal Calloway

Melody and I (and Leslie and Jen) met while working in a newsroom in Nebraska. Interviewing people is so much a part of what we do professionally, that after attending the inaugural ball, it was only natural that we started firing questions at each other – asking about our memories from the evening. The following is our Q and A session, part of which was written at 3 a.m. over cookies, chips and salsa. Please don’t judge.

Crystal: How did you feel about going to the ball?

Melody: Complete denial. Really? Is it really happening to me that I get to go to THE Presidential inaugural ball? Once it set in, I felt complete and utter excitement and fascination. Truth be told, I was a Romney supporter. Regardless, I couldn’t wait to see and support our current president because I have a lot of love and respect for the POTUS, no matter who it is.

Melody: Was the ball what you expected?

C: Yes and no. I knew it would be standing room only, but I had no idea it would be like a big concert. Such awesome artists! And long lines.

Crystal:  Who was your favorite performer?

M:  By far, John Legend. While everyone was great, he brought a certain je ne sais quoi.

C:  True true, and you have to give Stevie Wonder credit for his endurance. Even in his sixties he can outperform a lot of the young artists these days.

Melody:  What was the most unexpected moment?

C: Definitely the young lady next to us who passed out from dehydration or sudden seizures or something. It snapped us out of our dream world quickly, but thankfully in a crowd of presidential invitees, plenty of doctors were in attendance and came to the rescue.

M:  I thought the coat room line-cutting incident was pretty unexpected. Hundreds of people were in front of us to get their coats. Feet were hurting; tempers were short and the line was ridiculously long. When a guy resiliently cut in line, the little young lady in front of him erupted. Pretty soon a few more people chimed in to scold the guy but he stood his ground. I thought a brawl was going to break out, in black tie no less, but it didn’t go beyond a scolding. (Truth be told: We may have taken liberties with getting in line several times ourselves).

Crystal: What is the key to having a good time at the ball?

M: Being in the moment; realizing that this moment is bigger than your feet hurting or the fact that you’re thirsty.

C:  Let it be known, your flat shoes were in the car and you decided last minute against bringing them. Plus, drinks were available, but who wants to lose a coveted spot toward the front of the crowd? Not worth it!

Melody: What was the highlight of your evening?

C:  Seeing the Obamas and the Bidens dance. I know it’s just part of the ceremonial fanfare, but the president and VP have a lot of personality and their wives are brilliant, beautiful women.

M: I agree. It was such a magnanimous moment that I was just grateful to be there with one of my best lifelong friends.

C:  I can’t wait to do it again!

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Crystal Calloway

Communications professional by trade, Tar Heel and Hoya by degree, Christian by faith, and traveler by choice. Over the years many places have been home, including Oklahoma, DC, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Nebraska. Now living in the DC area, striving to be amazing on the job, attentive to loved ones, and always looking forward to the next adventure.