2003 USMC Birthday Ball

Tom had to take part in the ceremony with one of his friends. Of course they gave me their serious marine face.

So then I made them smile. :)

The 228th Marine Corps Birthday Ball was a unique experience: it was 100% different than the first ball we went to in 2001. Instead of a fancy hotel with a gourmet sit-down meal, it was held in a gymnasium with hors d’oeuvres. The best part was getting all dressed up (it is fun when it’s only once a year); the worst part was being by myself almost the entire evening since Tom was part of the ceremony escort (so I was with 1000 people I didn’t know). We did get to dance one song—Lady In Red, which was highly appropriate…