Friday, February 26, 2010

Thumbs-Down Friday

I won a contest for the first time in my life two nights ago: Metromix's giveaway of State Radio tickets. I'd never heard of the band, but hey, NOMOFOMO! ...That's what I thought when I signed up. And I won!

But here's the problem - three hours before I won, I got free basketball tickets for the same night. Good ones. And if there's one thing I like, it's the giant Chipotle zeppelin that zooms around at half time. I wanted to see that Chipotle zeppelin.

Then the first person I offered the State Radio tickets to suggested something brilliant, considering I was once again down to double digits in my checking account: why give them away when I could resell?? The tickets were going to be under my name at will call, right? So I'd just give a Xerox of my ID and a note of permission to some Craigslist rando for less than face value and everybody wins! Sure! A lovely woman from Germany bought them, I gave her the ID copy and confirmation email and my phone number in case anything went wrong, and off we went.

Facepalm. The Chipotle zeppelin was just zooming out of the arena when I felt my phone vibrate. I opened it: two missed calls from the German woman. Uh oh.

Turns out you can't resell contest tickets. And the show was sold out. And so instead of watching the Wizards lose to the Knicks in what was apparently a very exciting overtime, I spent the end of my evening in front of the 9:30 Club apologizing to the irate manager, who was eyeing me like I was some heartless internet grifter, and buying the equally horrified German woman and her friends the two tickets I forfeited because you apparently can't give away contest tickets either, and feeling like a heartless internet grifter. Now I'm cowering in anticipation of the "you are a heartless internet grifter" email from Metromix, aaaand...well, at least the night ended with a redemptive margarita at Alero.


  1. Ahem. It's a blimp, which is fully non-rigid, whereas a zeppelin has multiple independent gas bags and a structure that maintains shape and aerodynamic conditions even when shit goes down.

    They still make them: Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik Although that is only semi-rigid.

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