Yup, that's what he'd have done.
What I did, however, was let everything slide until somebody actually told me that I had to make this happen. Typical for me, but not a problem. As a good Dad, I love my daughters and want to make them happy, and if there's one thing I'm good at it's last minute planning. I'll just log on to Ticketmaster and we'll have ourselves some tickets in no....ummm....what do they mean SOLD OUT? Since when do Wizards of Waverly Place stars sell out 15,000 seat arenas? Who the heck bought all those tickets? (I made the mistake of asking my wife that question. She pointed out that they were probably bought by Dad's who love their daughters and wanted to make them happy. Ouch.)
Alright, this isn't a problem for me. In my pre-married life I used to work for a ticket scalper (The stories of which would require an entire blog to themselves. If you ever see a blog called "Twits Trying to Buy Tickets" you'll know I've branched out.) so I know the ins and outs of this secondary ticket market, although it's really not as tough as it used to be. In the old days you had to carefully check the background of anyone who offered to sell you tickets to make sure they were legit. Then after a while everybody started selling their tickets on E-bay, and all you had to do was check their rating. Now, you just go to StubHub.
|Arizona last year, when we didn't have to buy tickets.|
Except one. StubHub can't help you with the most important decision that you have to make - "How much ticket do I have to buy?" Unfortunately no mathematical equation that you learned in Algebra 12 is going to help you to figure this out (Once again proving that you'll never need to know that stuff again once you graduate.) Your job is to somehow walk the line between getting good enough seats, and not spending too much money. It's not an easy balancing act to perform. If you spend the night of the concert listening to "Dad these seats are amazing! I can almost touch her!" then you've overspent. On the other hand, if you hear the words "We should have brought the binoculars!" then you went too low. Helpful hint for you: If your kids look disappointed when you arrive at your chosen seats, tell them that you bought those seats because you know that the people in front of you are short and it will be easier for them to see. It's a shot in the dark, but you've got a 50/50 chance of being right.
|If you're in this area, you've screwed up.|