Saturday, March 24, 2007

Waldorf Hysteria

So last night I had the pleasure of attending the New York Intellectual Property Law Association's Annual Dinner honoring the local Federal Judiciary. The dinner, sponsored by the local Patent Bar was huge and took place at the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where, legend has it the Waldorf Salad was born. About 3600 people were in attendance for the dinner and the keynote address was given by NBC's Tim Russert.

The event was pretty cool for a first time attendee like me. Individual firms rent out suites in the hotel where before and after dinner the suites are open for drinks and general revelry. Few places provide a more convivial setting then some of the suites/party rooms at the Waldorf. It was a black tie event and props are owed to my Dad who was nice enough to send me my tuxedo in the mail. Being wool, any creases which it acquired during shipping fell right out after being hung up for a few hours. That tux. is one of better clothes purchases I've ever made. I originally bought it when I was attending black tie affairs on a semi-regular basis back in my fundraising days in Toronto. I remember thinking that the expense at the time was hard to justify (it wasn't cheap), but it has turned out to be a great investment. Sergio Benneti's store in Toronto is a great place to shop for quality menswear, and if we here at had the authority to do so, we would certainly bestow upon Sergio a highly convented Slammy Award.


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