New Kids on the Block are coming to Omaha. I wrote a month or so ago about the Chicago concert Jenny and I almost attended but couldn't. Why? Because it sold out -- in about 10 minutes. And the despair I felt.
But fear not, friends. Because I totally scored good tickets yesterday to their Omaha show, which is way better than traveling to Chicago for a concert anyway.
I showed up at the Qwest Center about 90 minutes before tickets went on sale, hoping to secure a good spot in line. I had no idea how many people would be there. Turns out, there were five. But -- and I should have realized -- the arena did a lottery to see who would buy tickets first, second, third and so on at 9:30 anyway. So when I arrived didn't matter.
Eh, no big deal for me. So I wasted an hour. But I did feel for the woman had who had been there SINCE 4 A.M. with her 2-YEAR-OLD. She ended up last in line.
Yep, last. Out of about 30 people, so she still got good tickets, I'm sure. But still.
I, on the other hand, was second in the lottery!
Things were going my way. And that was awesome.
I didn't get front-row seats, or even second or third or fourth. No, somehow the first 20 rows of seats were already sold before tickets went on sale. I didn't question it. Rather, I've decided to be very happy with seventh row in the lower balcony section right next to the stage.
As Jenny pointed out, not only will we be able to see them better from that vantage point, we'll also be able to breathe more of their air (than if we were 20 rows back). Either way, we'll be WAY closer than we were the last time we saw them, Nov. 9, 1990, in Ames, Iowa. We were in the fifth grade, and we were way up in about the highest seats in the house (similar to when I saw Michael Jordan play his last home game as a Washington Wizard in 2003). Still, we were there then and that was awesome, too.
But a much better view and more of their air?
I'll take it.