My wife’s birthday is in October. We always have tried to do something for birthdays, rather than focus on buying some random thing that we may or may not need. I mean, a good present is still welcome, but tickets to a show we both really want to see? Even better.

The problem is, this show was going to be in a small venue in a city (Portland, ME) with a thriving music scene and lots of hipsters who probably had nothing better to do than wait for the instant the tickets went up for sale, then re-sell them on ScamHub for 3x face value.

So I saw a random thing on social media that you could order tickets two days early with a password; mind you, this was totally in the open, for public consumption - hardly an “insider” deal. But I noted it, put it in my work calendar, even moved a meeting so I could be at my computer with two browser windows prepped at the moment these tickets went on sale. I had my phone open to the webpage, too - no chances taken.

Bam, 10:00am, tickets went on sale, I got two tickets at face value for the floor (who wants to sit way up in the balcony?), done. A quick search on StubHub just now reveals that, already, people are selling these tickets for double face value. That is another rant in itself, but WTF. I’m glad I got in early.

I am not sure I can contain myself until my wife’s birthday, over a month away.

Oh I guess I should mention it’s for “an Acoustic Evening with Dispatch.” I’ve seen them before, years ago, when they played in Boston for free as a “farewell” show as they were breaking up at the time. I later heard (via Rolling Stone) that it was the largest single independent concert ever, with an estimated 110,000 people in attendance. I was standing about 500 feet from the stage and can confirm, it was a sea of people all the way.

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photo credit: kristennoel305.blogspot.com - yeah, blogspot - that’s a thing still apparently

And we saw just the lead singer (Chadwick Stokes) play an acoustic set by himself in a ski lodge once, that was awesome. He’s tremendously talented and this should be a great show. We may be standing on the floor, but there’s nothing like being close to the stage at a live show. It should be far closer to the experience at the ski lodge than that in Boston.

Cheers!