Some days, some things just make me laugh. Sometimes, the laughter happens right away. Other times, there needs to be some space between the event and the giggles. Tuesday morning was one of those days…
I arrived at work/school early on Tuesday. I had much to do, including copying four handouts to start a brand new unit for my US History kiddos. As I mindlessly stood by the copier at 7 am, I thought through my game plan. I had to find a colleague to cover me at 9 am so that I could buy tickets to the National Harbor Duran shows. Once my class was covered, I could seek a quiet classroom to refresh my DDM and/or Ticketmaster page frequently as I anxiously waited for tickets to go on sale. Then, I would quickly type in the password and seek the tickets of my choice. Of course, the perfect tickets would pop up instantly, almost placing themselves into the shopping cart without me even clicking a button. The process would be nothing but smooth sailing. I could then return to my classroom, having been gone for less than 10 minutes. Yeah…those copier fantasies can be intense and terribly inaccurate.
Still, the plan seemed on track when I found my colleague and friend across the hall. I begged her to cover my first hour class and even told her to give treats to my students if they were good since I had brownies and cupcakes with me. She readily agreed. Perfect. Nothing could go wrong, I figured. I had coverage. I had a plan. I had the seating chart printed. I logged into my computer and the necessary sites. I was all set.
At five to nine, my colleague stepped across the hall to take over as I sought her quiet classroom to begin my incessant refreshing. As I started to refresh the Ticketmaster page, I noticed that sometimes I would get a countdown clock and other times I did not. Cue self-talk as I reminded myself that it would be fine and that I had done a million presales before. There was no need for my heart to be beating that fast. None, whatsoever. Finally, the countdown reached zero, the page indicated that it was loading and loading and loading and loading. What the hell?! Do I need to refresh the page, I wondered. Finally, after what felt like hours, I refreshed, revealing the ticket sale page. I put my request in. Denied. Grumble. Grumble. Okay, I thought. No big deal. Stay calm. Refresh again. Up pops crappy seats all the way to the side and far back. No thank you. Refresh again. Same result.
“Are they kidding me?” I said out loud to an empty classroom. Could the tickets already be sold out, I asked myself?! Nooooooo….refresh again for the sixth time. Then, Ticketmaster asked me to click on pictures with mountains. I did that and when the page appeared it stated in big, red ugly letters that they could not fulfill my request. I felt the blood pressure rising. I didn’t understand. What was going on?! Deep breaths began. More waiting. Then, the dreaded bell rang indicating that I could pursue this no longer as 2nd hour awaited. Damnit, I muttered as I crossed back into my classroom and my role as teacher.
As sweat popped up on my forehead, I frantically searched for my team teacher. Where was she? Was she coming to class? Could she start the class so I could keep…attempting to get tickets?! Finally, she appeared in the door frame. Relief. I begged her to start the class while I explained the situation. She nodded while directing me to her room, to try on her computer. That might work, I thought as I turned around to leave. Unfortunately, ten minutes on a different computer proved to be no more successful. Swearing under my breath, I marched back into my classroom, knowing that I could not stay on Ticketmaster all dang day. Teaching demanded my presence.
As I walked in, I noticed that I had another laptop to try Ticketmaster on. I logged in while my colleague finished going over the political vocabulary. She wandered over to my desk to ask how my pursuit was going. I quickly explained the situation to her before jumping up to lead the students through some notes. As I waited for the kids to jot down ideas about the political parties, I glanced back to see my colleague refreshing the page as I had done. Involuntarily, I let out both a partial smile and a partial sob at the same time, thinking about how lucky I was for colleagues like that. Thankfully, my misery ended when I received word that the friend I am going with acquired tickets for us. I desperately wanted to collapse in my desk chair, exhausted, but I still had a room full of freshmen to teach! Someday, this band really might kill me, I thought as I resumed the political science lesson I was presenting.
By now, you all have realized that unlike my counterpart, I will be attending the shows outside of DC around New Year’s. Will I miss Rhonda’s presence? That is a given. It feels weird to go to any show or any Duran function without her. This is even more significantly weird and sad is because it involves traveling and staying in hotels. Yet, the shows made too much sense for me NOT to go.
As someone who is single, with few single friends near me, holidays like New Year’s Eve create a lot of personal anxiety. Immediately after Christmas, I begin to wonder, each year, what I should do. Should I make plans, should I try to go somewhere, do I not try to make plans, do I stay at home. In many cases, I can find a friend or two to hang out with but not always and usually last minute. The holiday always acts as a unwelcome reminder that I’m single and don’t have a family. It can be very lonely to be single during the holidays. Yes, of course, I could always spend time with my parents, who are nearby me, but that usually doesn’t feel great despite how much I love my parents. Thus, I’m thrilled that I not only will I not have that anxiety but that I have amazing plans. I never thought I would see Duran on New Year’s. Talk about a party!
The other reason that I am thrilled about going is that I love DC. As I’m sure many of you reading this know, I’m a very political person and January marks the end of Obama presidency and the beginning of the next one. As someone who worked for the Obama campaign and who has met the President and the First Lady, there is something special and affirming about going to DC during this transition. It is like two really significant aspects of myself are coming together.
Now, some may argue that I am crazy for spending this money to go and maybe I am (although tickets weren’t any more expensive than some of the summer shows I went to). Yet, this is an extra I can afford. For me, it is worth it as I can think of nothing else that makes me happier than being at a Duran show.