Monday, May 12, 2008

Oh, man

I taught my childhood best friend's 2-year-old daughter to say this on Saturday when I visited them.

Accidentally, and no harm done, but when she came up to me declaring sticky fingers after eating a rice krispy treat, I said it.

Then she said it. And she kept saying it. And then she'd laugh. It was adorable.

But it was me using the phrase later that day when Rye and I got home from an afternoon at Jenny's.


Because Jenny totally said she'd go to Chicago with me to see New Kids on the Block perform for the first time in 15 years. OK, so she said we'd have to drive, but still. She said we could go. And I was excited.


Unbeknownst to me, tickets had gone on sale about six hours earlier.

And every single one was gone.

Every. Single. One.


Seriously, I was surprised. This was the group that I got made fun of for years for liking. This was the band whose T-shirt I refused to stop wearing, even after mean, mean eighth-grade girls physically hit me and sneered at me in the halls of my new middle school for wearing it.

My New Kids love burned deep, and I wasn't about to let anyone squash it, not jealous boys and not mean old bullies.

So I went to eBay, thinking I'd be willing to pay $20 over face value.

Silly me, though. Try tickets going for $300 and $400. Apiece.

So, alas, Jenny and I will not be driving to Chicago to see the now much older boys from Beantown.

And I am sad about this for several reasons. One, obviously, is how much fun it would be to see them up on stage again (assuming they are, you know, still good). And the second: A road trip with Jenny would have been fun.

The bright side, though: The demand hopefully means more supply. More concerts.

Om-a-ha. Om-a-ha. Om-a-ha.


chris said...

Hangin' Tough!

You can get a NKOTB widget for your computer. That's funny!

Jeff said...

Star Wars returns to theaters August 15. Tickets are, what, $10. At a theater near you.

Jenny said...

Oh, man! That was so funny. And she's still saying it. Often!

You totally rock. I so love this post. I thought about writing something similar, but you did it more justice than I could ever have.

I was really looking forward to the trip too, for both those reasons. And just before your email about the sold out show? Yeah, I decided it might even be fun to fly.

We'll see them again.

Kindra said...

Did you go to their concert when you were younger? I seen them at the state fair in Lincoln, it would of been 1989. Boy time flies!

Anonymous said...

Wow. That is insane NKOTB tickets sold out so fast.

Is Marky Mark still in the band?

I saw Clay Aiken on Jay Leno last night and thought of you -- before I [quickly] changed the channel. =)

Veronica said...

Sara, Marky Mark was never in the band! He had his own band: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Mark's brother, Donnie, is a New Kid. Not Mark.

Wish I had seen Clay on Leno. I would not have changed the channel. :)

Chris, I don't even know what a widget is!

Jenny, you totally rock.

And Jeff, lucky, lucky you.

Anonymous said...

I always thought Marky Mark was in the band. I stand corrected. Guess I'm not a true New Kids fan, like you. But then again, not many can honestly claim they are at that level of NKOTB fandom. =)

I thought about calling you when Clay was on, but it was pretty late so I decided not to.

Anonymous said...

You probably already know this, but I just looked and New Kids are playing in Omaha in November. I think tickets go on sale this Saturday.