If Bush’s second-term swearing-in extravanganza doesn’t turn you on (and our extensive market research indicates that, for 4 out of 5 of you, it doesn’t), here’s a list of Un-Auguration activities that might strike your fancy:
Not One Damn Dime Day. This one came to us via Neil Baldwin, who got it from his buddy Stephen King (why pass up an opportunity to do some name dropping?) This protest asks people to try to "shut the retail economy down" as a protest of the inauguration and the war. That means no wine, no latte, and if you want to read the latest Stephen King, go to the library, not the bookstore.
Count Me Blue Bracelets. Don’t tell Stephen King if you go into Manhattan today to look for one of these "Count Me Blue" bracelets, being *gasp* sold for $2 as a protest against W. and his merry band.
Montclair’s Blue Ball. A counter-inaugural ball tonight at Just Jake’s Restaurant, across from the Montclair Y, from 7 to 10 pm. The invitation (posted on the Watercooler) asks everyone to "wear blue." We expect the requirement will be met mostly with blue jeans, but how the revelry will happen without spending one damn dime, we don’t know.
Counter-Inaugural Parties . If you want to cavort with fellow bluesters cashlessly, Democracy for America has a list of counter-inaugural parties somewhat nearby, including one in Livingston.