Miguel, you rascal you.

16 09 2007

Rilo Kiley, originally uploaded by krista d.

A couple of weeks ago I realized too late that I really, really, really wanted to go to the sold out Rilo Kiley concert at The Showbox in Seattle. So, like many other procrastinators, I decided to try the craigslist method of obtaining tickets by posting a “please let me buy your extra ticket to this show pleeeeease” post in hopes of getting a response from someone who wasn’t a dirty scalper.

Luckily for me, I got a response quickly.  A nice gent by the name of Paul (hi, Paul!) responded quickly, and we decided on a meeting time for the night of the show. He seemed nice enough in his emails, but you can never really tell what’s going to happen when you arrange a ticket exchange off of this website. I’m usually pretty optimistic about it, but I’ve had my fair share of responses from A-holes who want to sell me tickets for 4 times the amount they’re worth (Um, yes I want your extra ticket to the Stevie Wonder concert but not for $500 for a lawn seat, thank you.) Or, sometimes the details of the tickets are falsely advertised, like the time my brother and I got “awesome 10th row tickets!!” to the Nuggets/Sonics game and ended up in the nosebleediest of all nosebleed seats. Lesson learned.

Luckily this time, Paul pulled through and turned out to be a normal guy/ concert-goer who just happened to have a couple of extra tickets. Anyway, so before the show I met up with he and his girlfriend, and another solo concert-goer whose ad he had responded to, and had to wait in line for the tickets at will call. It’s always a little awkward at first when meeting ticket sellers. (Do you make conversation or just hand them the cash and get your tickets?) But this time there was no time for awkwardness.

In the midst of our introductory conversation, an intoxicated bum by the name of Miguel de la SomethingOrOther from Somewhere Slurrysounding who didn’t like SsssomethingElseSlurry and wondered if some of us had boyfriendsss approached us and basically stared blankly at our group from a close proximity for a while (he was kind of in my bubble). Said sir managed to interrupt our conversation, creep us out, and then (in true crazy-Seattle-hobo fashion) decided to angrily throw his bunched up McDonald’s wrappers at our backs while we escaped–errr– calmly, but hurriedly, walked away from him and into the refuge of the bar next door. It’s amazing how quickly a bum attack can facilitate bonding amongst strangers. But I digress.

By the time the doors opened and we were able to get inside and retrieve the tickets from will call, Paul refused to take any money for our tickets and simply said, “Have fun!” What? Are you kidding me? Not only are you giving me the chance to see one of my favorite bands in concert, but you’re making this happen for free?! Needless to say, I had a great time that night after the gift of a free concert and can’t help but thank craigslist again for another memorable adventure.

So Paul, cheers to you. I wish you many more excellent concert experiences, sans crazy bums.

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8 12 2008
(Into) the Fray » Blog Archive » Places to Go, People to See

[…] The tickets sold out the first time they came through and I wasn’t lucky enough to get one off Craigslist. […]

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