A few more inaugural tidbits: Frank Sinatra didn't hang around long after Monday's swearing-in. He certainly wasn't about to elbow his way through any of the nine inaugural balls. In fact, he took a number of his pals to New York with him on his private jet. That afternoon, he picked up Nancy Mehta, wife of conductor Zubin Mehta, and designer Oscar de la Renta on his way to the airport . . .

All that party-going over the weekend was so tiring for the first lady's friend Betsy Bloomingdale, Jerry Zipkin and Anne and Gordon Getty that they are going on a vacation. They, and wealthy Greek stockbroker Alexander Papamarkou, all stayed at the Embassy Row. And he invited them to join him (and they accepted) on a sail next week up the Nile in his yacht to recover from it all . . .

The "in" champagne of the weekend was the $100-plus-a-bottle Cristal Champagne, not stocked by many places. In fact, Papamarkou threw a luncheon for Bloomingdale, and the hotel called all over town before finding three bottles of Cristal at Maison Blanche . . .

Left outside at the Washington Hilton inaugural ball when the fire department ruled the ballroom was too full and no one else could go in were Jerry Zipkin, Estee Lauder and her son Ron Lauder, John Kenneth Galbraith and former chief of protocol Lee Annenberg . . .