Word to your mother (and father) (and Gail Collins)

There are only three things that could get my parents to leave the house on a weeknight after the hour of 8PM:

A family emergency
A Doobie Brothers concert
A TimesTalks event

The New York Times Presents:

TimesTalks Presents Election Night Live at TheTimesCenter

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2008 6:00 PM EST
at TimesCenter Stage

Spend Election Night LIVE at The New York Times.

Get insight and perspective on the battle for the White House from key New York Times political reporters and editors, including executive editor Bill Keller, managing editor Jill Abramson, assistant managing editor Richard L. Berke, editorial page editor Andrew M. Rosenthal, Op-Ed columnists Gail Collins and Frank Rich, national political correspondent Adam Nagourney and others.

Discussion moderated by Times Magazine contributing writer Matt Bai, author of “The Argument: Inside the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics,” with Sam Roberts, Times reporter and host of NY-1’s “New York Close-Up.”

Discussion: 6 – 8 PM
All-American Food & Drink plus Televised Returns: 8 – 10 PM

And so I will be spending Election Night with my mom and dad, Gail Collins, Bill Keller, Jill Abramson, and other members of the Times Editorial and Opinion teams.  I wonder how they’re planning to get us to leave at 10PM?  You know the results won’t be final by then.

My first question: Do I get to dress up?  I have a navy blue, semi-formal dress that would look just splendid in the red and blue light cast by the U.S. Electoral map!