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Hmmmm. I opened a bottle of my daddy's homemade wine (Cranberry 2006) to have just a glass or two. It appears that the bottle is now empty. How odd... *grin*

I spent a very pleasant day today doing nothing but watching tv with my wonderful hellbob. We also talked a lot about his NYC trip as he remembered details that he'd forgotten to tell me last night. While near the Empire State Building (or was it Times Square?) he saw Carson Kressley from Queer Eye. Didn't chase him down for a picture with Stunt Double Moose though. Oh well.

I'm so glad we were able to make his New York City adventure happen even though money is a little tight at the moment. Seeing that last Police concert meant so much to him. And yes, I'm a teensy bit jealous that I didn't get to see NYC with him, but I also know that kaldeth appreciated the concert far more than I would have.




One thing about his trip that I haven't posted about yet is his seats for the concert.
Hellbob originally had seats in section 65, right next to the stage but to the side and a little behind. TicketBastard moved him (and everyone else in that section) to the much crappier seats in section 331 saying that the section they were in wasn't going to be used for the concert.

Then, about a week before the concert they put that section up for sale to the general public without offering it back to the people that had been moved! i found this out less than 12 hours before hellbob's flight to NYC. So I spent my morning at work on the phone to TicketBastard while I was working. There were no better tickets for them to give to him, and they weren't willing to consider a partial refund even though they totally screwed him by moving him and then reselling the seats he'd originally had. They insisted that it was the show's promoter who determined such things.

I was really tired because I'd given up a few hours sleep to drive the boys to the airport, so TicketBastard's response to this issue really pissed me off. I decided to try another avenue.

I went to the 13WNET/WLIW21 website (the NYC public tv stations that the concert was a benefit for) and the only phone number I could find was for people who wanted to donate $2000.00, $5000.00 or $10,000.00 to the station. So I called that number and gave a brief summary of what had happened and told them that Hellbob was flying from Minneapolis to New York just for this concert and TicketBastard wouldn't help and was there anything they could do?

I actually got a call back fairly quickly from the super awesome Jason who hadn't heard anything about the fan club seating issues, but he would see what he could do. Then, not too much later I got another call from him telling me to have Rick & Tom go to the TV station's table when they got to Madison Square Garden and ask for Mark Cxxxxxx, and they would have better seats for Rick!

O.M.G! By making a few (well ok, a half dozen or so...) phone calls from here at home I was able to get Rick & Tom better seats for the concert! I couldn't believe it actually worked! I'm still pissed at TicketBastard, of course. But 13WNET really came through for me, and for Rick & Tom!

The seats they got moved to were ones that sold for $75 more than the ones they originally had, and while they weren't any closer than the ones that TicketBastard had moved them to, it was a much better angle! Yay!

Hmmm. I should probably go to bed now. That last glass of wine is starting to hit... Mmmmm. Wine is good. :)

g'nite everyone!


Ooops. Almost forgot to put in the graphic of the MSG seating. :P

mgsseats

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dakegra
Aug. 10th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
good work!
hellziggy
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! I was kind of surprised I accomplished anything, but a couple years ago I realized that if you don't ask, the answer will definitely be no. If you ask, it might still be, but at least you have a chance of getting a yes. :)
dakegra
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
oh definitely. My Dad always said the same. If you ask, the worst they can say is no, which is where you started.

:-)
scubagrrl
Aug. 10th, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
One more confirmation that Ticketbastard is evil. I'm glad you got them such great seats!
hellziggy
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Yes. Evil. I think that since they moved Hellbob and then resold his original seats that the Visa charges need to be disputed. He did not get what he paid for!
scubagrrl
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
That's got to be fraudulent somehow.
nwhepcat
Aug. 10th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
They truly are evil. You'd get better service from scalpers.

Someone should tell that story to, oh, I dunno, the New York Post or Daily News?

I'm glad he had a great time at the concert -- I saw the Police on their first tour, where the record company wouldn't put out the money because no one had really heard of them yet, so they got a van and did it themselves. It was a good show! ::is old::

I also enjoyed Stunt Double Moose's adventures in NYC.
hellbob
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
FIRST tour?!?! *jealousy!*

::is not old enough (didn't think I'd say that since I was about 18)::
nwhepcat
Aug. 12th, 2008 02:55 am (UTC)
I did rock journalism back in the day for my college paper. Their record company said I was the first person to write about them in the US, and they sent my article to the internal reps. That was the high point of my rock journalist cred, I think.
hellbob
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
Well, it's still terribly impressive in my book. I was only 10 at the time, but I was there in spirit! ;D
hellziggy
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm planning to track down the name of Jason's supervisor and send him a letter telling him how much we appreciated what Jason did for us.
ethel
Aug. 10th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Super phone call powers! Awesome.
hellziggy
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
I kind of surprised myself with that one! It's amazing what you can accomplish with Google and cell phone!
ninja_tech
Aug. 10th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Rock on! It's nice to know there are people who still care about other people out there. *snuggles 13WNET*

Kudos to you for taking the time and effort - not everyone would do that. :)
hellziggy
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)
Yes, 13WNET was everything that TicketBastard was not!
And of course I had to take the time and effort to do it. It was hellbob's last time ever to get to see the Police. They are his Beatles.
scubagrrl
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
You're a good wife. I'm glad he enjoyed the show. And yay for 13WNET!
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