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July 19, 2011 - Jennifer Brookens
One of the things on my husband's "bucket list" is to see U2 in concert, and the group is performing in Minneapolis Saturday night. This concert was postponed from last year (where it sold out in two hours) because of Bono's back problems, so it's a reminder that they may not tour much longer.
For the past couple of months, I've tried every avenue to find "affordable" (less than one of our paychecks) tickets for our anniversary. The closest I got was when I was seven seconds away from a pair, when some eBay goblin put in a quick bid and my computer's "one bid click" froze for a second too long. I felt like crying the rest of the night.
But it's also brought to attention just how outrageous tickets have become. I realize that to put on the epic show U2 is known for it's gonna cost some dough, but it shows how a lot of these concert promoters and record labels are out of touch with the average person's life and wallet today. For some of the prices I was seeing on those premium tickets, I could pay off my vehicle or cover my daycare tab for the year. Or as the husband has mentioned, he needs a new laptop even though he takes mine so often I might as well just let him have it.
On the other hand, I did find some good deals on Twins tickets in my searching this weekend. A set of four for a lot less than what the two U2 tickets would be. Plus I wouldn't have to shell out and/or beg for child care. Guess I can put in a bid and see what my fate with the eBay goblins will be... Who knows, we may need two new laptops if the goblins render my eBay dealings unsuccessful.
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