and I have U2
tickets for tonight's show at Twickenham in London. But we're not going tonight. Huh???
Too busy with schoolwork? Nope (classes ended last Friday)
Break a leg playing rugby? Nope (we're both still in one piece)
Suffering from sunburn after an afternoon in Regent's Park
? Nope (though it was a great day to be there today, with the roses in bloom)
Had a sudden change in musical tastes? Nope (Bono still rocks)
Have we gone bloody mad? Well maybe, but that's not why either...
What gives? We used them last night
, of course! Huh???
We took the train down from Cambridge (45 min to London, another hour or so to Twickenham) yesterday afternoon and headed over to the stadium, enjoying a warm, sunny day. We showed our tickets, they checked our bags, we got a couple beers, and headed to our seats to listen to the opening acts by Doves and Athlete (both good stuff, by the way...we bought some Athlete songs on iTunes when we got home!).
Before U2 came on, we had to leave our seats to take care of a few things (withdraw more $, t-shirt, beer, food, bathroom) and I went back to our seats ahead of Jen. When I got there, a couple guys were in our seats. They must be in the wrong row, I figured, happens all the time. They show me their tickets, I show them mine. Whoa! Same section...same row...same seat!!!Me:
Huh, that's odd.Me (internal monologue): How do we resolve this?Guy In "Our" Seat:
One must be a counterfeit.Me:
Guess so, let's look again.Me (internal monologue): Never buy anything on eBay again!GIOS (to Guy In Next Seat):
Check this out, buddy, same ticket, both look real.GINS:
You've got the wrong day!Me:
Oh, man, you're right...I swear we got them for tonight's show.Me (internal monologue): Oh my god, how embarrassing, what's the fastest way out of this section?
So I find Jen and check hers too...both for the 19th and here we are in the stadium on the 18th! Now both of our internal and external dialogues match: !@#$, what do we do now?!?!
Even though they screwed up by letting us in, we decided we couldn't tell event staff or they'd ask us to leave and come back the next day, so we found a mostly empty section (for some reason they left 2 sections of the stadium totally empty, except for a few people dispersed in them. The view was as good as our original seats, so we kept them and hope the section wasn't reserved by a group on a late bus or that security wouldn't come to check our tickets.
Nobody came, U2 put on an amazing show of new and old stuff (Beautiful Day
, Sunday Bloody Sunday
, and Vertigo
the second time to finish off were the highlights for me). Another highlight to the year abroad fulfilling a long-time wish...seeing U2 play live. Though it wasn't Dublin, it was pretty cool to see them in London.
Still one question in my head: should we have tried to get back in tonight with our ticket stubs?