6 Replies to “Arriving at the Ball”

  1. I really like this picture a lot. I like her smile, and her all over tan, and wide open stance that invites you to look at every part of her fully exposed, beautiful body. I also like that this appears to be an amateur, not professional model. I just wish that the photo was higher resolution.

    • I do too. However this is actually a screenshot from a cell phone. I trimmed off the status bar from the original. I think we’re lucky it’s as good as it is.

  2. Maybe I’m just too low class but I wasn’t aware that going to and having balls(pun not intended) was still such a popular thing. Seem to be a lot of posts here referencing those.

    • It might be more common to call it a Dinner, Dance, or Dinner/Dance, possibly to raise funds for the club holding it. Using ball or gala here has a couple of advantages: 1) it has an implication of size that Dinner/Dance does not, implying that the PN will be seen by a large number of eyes; and 2) it is distinctly shorter than Dinner/Dance, which is not to be sneezed at when trying to make a caption legible.

      Although it appears ‘gala’ may be more common nowadays, I have preferred ‘ball’ because it seems to me to be more restrictive in sense, at least in connotation. Also in a case like this, where ‘ball’ is lower case, it is certainly possible that the official title uses ‘Gala’, but she uses ‘ball’ instead.

      As for whether or not they still exist, the following Toronto events all use the word Gala in their title or the description of the event:
      Sat, Jul 25, 8:00 PM – The Red Dress Ball
      Sat, Nov 21, 8:00 PM – The 8th Annual Memory Ball
      Sat, Nov 14, 7:00 PM – Bubbles & Bow Ties! (described internally as 8th Annual Gala)
      Wed, Oct 21, 5:30 PM – M&A Awards Gala (Ontario)
      Sun, Sep 27, 10:30 AM – after BREAST CANCER Pink Diamond Gala
      Fri, Nov 6, 6:30 PM – Variety Heart Gala 2020
      Fri, Jun 12, 6:00 PM – Ontario Police Heroes In Life Awards Gala
      Sat, Nov 14, 6:30 PM – Let The Elephants Dance Annual Fundraising Gala 2020
      and they are all on page 1 of a 5 page list of events. If I have counted correctly there are 15 more events using Gala (or in the case of 2 Ball) in their title.

      • I agree with you that Gala is likely the word most in use today. However, Cinderalla went to the ball, so ball it will always be for some. I do find ball archaic. Any chance we could start using Gala or Recognition dinner and dancing, or something more 21st century and less 19th.

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