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