Monday, March 21, 2011

My Celebrimania Continues

I have said it before, and I will say it again. I don't know WHY I do, but I am a celebrity addict. Why, just this morning, I saw that my BFF Michael Phelps (he did send me a birthday card, thanks to my sister!) started following me on Twitter, and I almost passed out.

So recently I heard that Elton John was coming to my area for a concert. I know that a lot of people think I'm a total dork for liking Elton, but I do. I know a lot of his songs, and thought it would be fun to go to his concert.  Tickets were going on sale Saturday morning at 10:00, so I had to be ready.

I set my alarm so I wouldn't oversleep (shut up, I'm not a morning person, ok??).  As the time drew near, I sat up in my bed, laptop at the ready, phone in my hand.  I was going to try and purchase them online, but would use the phone as a backup.

10:00 came, and I was on it!  I excitedly went to the website, only to be put into a stupid lottery!  How is that fair?!  I mean, it's not fair, because I want a ticket and I want it now, thank you very much!  So I dialed the number.  Busy.  Curses!

So, I redialed.  Busy.  Dang it!!

So, I redialed.  Busy.  WHAT THE.......

I then sent this email to my sister at 10:03 a.m:  "not looking good so far"

She then received an email from me, stating "9 minutes later, no tickets."

At 10:18, "18 minutes, no tickets"

Did I mention that this entire time, I am holding the phone, hitting redial over and over and over, and being greeted by a busy signal?  Stupid lottery!

At 10:35, I began to lose steam.  I was beginning to feel hopeless.  How could I not get tickets?  I mean, I set my alarm, doesn't that count for anything?  It should!  Who cares that people camped out?  I woke up before 10 a.m. and was working hard trying to get those tickets.  Granted, I was working hard in my bed, in my pajamas, and my hair had a special Eiffel Tower style to it.  But still.

At 10:49, I sent her an email that said "49 minutes, and my fingers are beginning to cramp."  I was feeling really sorry for myself.  I pondered giving up, but I couldn't do that.  I'd already invested this much time trying to get a ticket!  At this point, my competitive streak kicked in.  I would get a ticket.  Two tickets, actually.  No matter what!!!!  I would DO IT!  My cell phone kept ringing, and I kept getting texts, but I ignored them.  I needed both hands.

So, I obsessively redialed, and redialed, and redialed.  About 70 minutes into my quest, the phone was no longer busy.  I was put on hold.  I've never been so happy to be put on hold in my life!  I sat up straighter in my bed.  A renewed sense of victory came over me.

They will be mine.  Oh yes, they will be mine.

At 11:20 a.m., a full 100 minutes after my quest began, I was connected with a customer service representative.  At this point, the mania took over me.  I squealed into the phone "I'm calling to get Elton John tickets, please tell me that you aren't out!!!!!!!!!"  Yes, I think I really used that many exclamation points.  She laughed and told me that there were still tickets.

I was in the process of getting mid-range price tickets, when she suddenly put me on hold.  She came back and told me that they were all out.  I gasped.  My body twitched.  I would not be beaten!  I asked her what she had left.  All they had left were the expensive seats.

I screamed into the phone "I'll take them!"

I gave her my credit card information, and was floating on air to think that I'd be so close to a British legend!  Sir Elton!  WOW!  She told me that my purchase went through, and that the tickets would be mailed to me.  I thanked her as if she'd just rescued me from the depths of despair.

I then called and texted everyone I knew and told them.  I won!  I did it!  My sister thought I was nuts for paying so much, but I don't even care.  Not at all.  We're going, and it is going to be awesome!

And in the end, the internet failed me.  The good old fashioned phone saved the day!

1 comment:

  1. So I haven't read this whole entry yet because my brain exploded when you told us Michael Phelps is following you on Twitter. You just got even cooler in my book.



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