[I started this post on Saturday evening.]
It could be about anything — sweet crude, iphones, Walmart Chinese wares, O.J. memorabilia (!) – but today it was about Hannah Montana tickets. My sis called me earlier in the week about helping her get tickets for my nieces. She was going to be out of pocket and wasn’t sure if she would be able to try on the phone. I got up early this morning, not to get the tickets, but because some woman started calling at 7:00 a.m. She had the wrong number. However, she was tenacious and kept calling every five minutes. Nice lady.
Anyway, I got online and got to the Toyota Center’s website. I farted around online until exactly 10:00. My first try didn’t work. I had chosen the moderately priced tickets and they weren’t available. That took 20 minutes. I tried again; this time for the lowest priced tickets. I got all the way to the purchase screen (30 minutes) and clicked Yes! Thirty seconds later (the quickest loading page all morning) I got: Sorry! Too Late! I tried a couple of more times, but got the same message I did when I looked again tonight: no tickets. I found out later that my sis never got through and my bro couldn’t either. I got the closest. I was so close to being the Hannah Montana ticket hero. *Sigh*
The local Fox news station had a piece about it tonight on their newscast. There were lots of disappointed parents and one scalper. (He said, too bad bitches! Not literally, but that was the essense, which leads me to my point — hopefully — we’ll see if I get there.)
Back to Monday — I hadn’t thought about buying tickets to anything for several years. That is until I had nieces and a sis who wants to get tickets to simply everything they might be interested in. We’ve gone through this before. Each time I wonder — what is the point? The ticket scalpers have it all figured out. That’s how they make their living. Just for fun, how many people pay the assigned price for their tickets to these events? Were I a sociologist, I might look into it. But I’m not
Perhaps more tickets will be released later. I have been instructed to keep checking online. I’ll do it for my nieces.
My breaking point? $45 for an Echo and the Bunnymen ticket, back in the late ’80′s. No thank you. I wasn’t going to pay $45 for anyone to do anything. The Toyota Center’s hook? See Miley Cirus as Miley Cirus AND as Hannah Montana! w00t! I heard/saw Echo & the B’s in Cullen Auditorium way back when and IIRC paid less than $10. Great show.
Taking a turn off this path — I stupidly tuned in to The Tube (bought an HD capable TV) 39-2 (I think) last night. I stayed up way too late. But it was like what MTV was in the beginning — I remember from when I lived with my folks. A Bob Marley vid, followed by an early Beach Boys, then a Police classic. Perhaps I will see if my turntable still works — this weekend. Listening to Gloria (U2) on vinyl, or TSOL (crap, do I still have any of that?), or Bowie might be just the thing.
[Hopes Roberto will get his recordings on the web so I can link 'em here :) I'll halp.]