Thursday, March 25, 2010

Illegal Actions

It has been about three weeks since my last entry, and I would like to apologize. However, it is not my fault. I blame my absence on the Health Care Bill that has taken over most of my daily life. No worries though; absence makes the heart grow fonder, and here I am once again. This brings me to a story that has been a long time coming. If you read my first three blogs you would know that I have a DEEP DEEP LOVE for New York City!!! I also love spending time with my girlfriends. So I decided to put two of my favorite things together to create the perfect weekend:

New York City + Girlfriends = Loads of Fun!!!
So on a random weekend in January, we girls (Alycyn, Beth, Celeste and me) hopped on the late night train to NYC. After about 3 hours of talking and then getting repeatedly shushed by some snooty lady in front of us, we finally arrived in the Big Apple. We headed straight to our hotel and straight to bed. The next morning we woke up bright and early and made our way to Sarabeth's for brunch. Sarabeth's is right across from Central Park and has AMAZING eggs and muffins...get the Pumpkin Muffin! After our morning sustenance, we filled our day with shopping and sightseeing.
Now this is where the fun started. At about 2:30 in the afternoon we found ourselves in Times Square. Celeste and Beth had never been to a Broadway show before, so on a whim we decided to buy some show tickets. We all agreed upon West Side Story and made our way to the box office. The tickets were running about $125.00. As we discussed our options, we were approached by a scraggly guy in ski-hat. "Want some tickets" he asked. "How much?" I replied. "4 for 300." he said. Wow! I thought. I can definitely afford a $75.oo ticket. As we girls began to discuss this new development, our scalper (we will call him Ned) continued to just loom over us. "Come on, come on now ladies" Ned said as he tried to push us into a decision. I kept asking him if I could look at the tickets (I didn't want to buy old, already used tickets.) Ned would not let me hold the tickets, but I really didn't want us to get ripped off. However, the more we stood there and the more he pressured us, we all started to get more and more nervous. Finally, we just decided to give him the money and take the tickets.(What can I say? I have always succombed to peer pressure!!!)
The second the exchange was made Ned bolted into the crowd. "Oh dear!" Beth said. We were still not sure if the tickets were real (there were rather ratty and faded looking.) I didn't want to lose sight of Ned so I exclaimed "Follow him Celeste!" Of course, one that was a stupid idea, two he had vanished, and three what would we really have done to Ned had we caught him...pull his hair? The whole experience left us rather disheveled and uptight. There was only one solution...LIQUID COURAGE. Thus, we headed straight to the bar. It was there that we came to the conclusion that no matter what happened we were not going to let Ned and his maybe fake tickets get us down. Thus the drinking continued and our tension slowly melted away...just a bit.
4 martinis and two bottles of wine later, we made our way to the theater. We were about to finally find out whether or not we had been scammed! We were "possibly" about to see a Broadway show.
Nervously waiting to turn in our "illegal tickets" to the usher.
Delirious and happy after seeing an incredible NOSE BLEED SEATS!!!

The moral of this story is this: DON'T BUY TICKETS FROM A SCALPER!
Done and done.


  1. Olivia: "Excuse me, are these tickets real?"
    Ticket Lady: "Did you buy them from a scalper?"
    Olivia: "No, someone just gave them to me!"

  2. yay, looks like you ladies had a great time! i have yet to visit nyc and that makes me oh so sad =(