Saturday, October 4, 2008

Alex's Dream

Alex is a senior in high school. He really likes music, especially older rock. He's been a HUGE fan of AC/DC for several years. He knows all about them, including the story behind practically every song they've recorded. He has books about them, posters, t-shirts, etc.

A month or so ago AC/DC announced that they would be touring the US later this year and Alex was so excited he could barely contain himself when he discovered that they would be in Columbus on November 21. He wanted tickets in the worst way. He found out when the tickets would go on sale, and had many (and I do mean MANY) discussions with Ted, Aunt Patty, Uncle Tim, and Cousin Holly. They created a plan. The five of them would go to the concert, then spend the night in Columbus. The only problem was that the tickets went on sale on a Friday at 10:00 am. The only person who could possibly be at a computer at that time was Holly. Even though she was going to be at work, she said she should be able to order the tickets.

Later that day, Holly called Alex to tell him that she had not been able to get tickets and that they had sold out in TWO minutes! Alex really appreciated the fact that Holly tried so hard, but was also disappointed that he wouldn't be able to see his all-time favorite band.

I looked on Stub Hub and ebay, checking for the availability of tickets. Sure, they're available if you plan on getting a second mortgage on your house! So, needless to say, there would be no concert.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago. A good friend of ours (Harry) called to tell Alex that he had heard on the radio that AC/DC was adding tour dates. Cleveland and Pittsburgh were included in the list of cities that AC/DC would now be visiting. Tickets for the Cleveland show would be on sale.....THIS MORNING AT 10:00!

A plan was devised, because Alex definitely did NOT want to miss out on this. He would be on his laptop. I was to be on the main computer in the den. Holly (who happens to live in the Cleveland area) would be on her computer. We would stay in contact with Holly via cell phone and whoever got in first with the best seats would get them.

Trust me, it was a well-oiled machine, hahaha! Alex moved his laptop into the den and we were both "refreshing" our page every second, hoping to see the "On Sale 10/4 at 10:00" link switch to the "Find Tickets" link. Suddenly he yelled, "It's there!" and we both started clicking away, mumbling to ourselves as we worked through the screen and the security page. I said, "I'm in! Section 229. Do you want them?" As he screamed "YES!" his phone buzzed. It was Holly. He waved me off to talk to her.

Not only did Holly score tickets, but she got seats in the FIFTH ROW ON THE FLOOR! Unfortunately, however, there is a limit of 4 tickets, so someone in the original group will not get to go. Ted has offered to opt out, so that settles that issue.


She has made her cousin the giddiest 17 year old in the world right now!

Now, for the only "down" side to all of this. As anyone who lives in northeast Ohio knows, the weather can change on a dime. It's nothing to experience a high of 75 one day, and a high of 32 the next. Snow is always an option any time between the end of October and the middle of April.

So, when is the concert, you may be asking?

January 5.

I just hope that Dick Goddard (Fox 8 weather guru) can bring us good weather that day!


Jen said...

Hooray! I'm glad you got tickets! I bet you all have a lot of fun.

The Arthur Clan said...

I can't even imagine how excited he must be! What great tickets they are. :)


PERBS said...

I say son owes you guys a whole lot for the extra effort and is indebted to the person who got them forever! Ü

ChickenGal said...

Don't let the weather get you down.....It could be 60 degrees in Cleveland in january...we never know...lately we have haven't had much snow when you would think we should have snow, Dec/jan...we have gotten it it March and April...Have fun at the concert.