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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 08:47 am
in which perseverance pays off

Dad's convention and other commitments left him with a free evening tonight, and I suggested a couple weeks ago that we use the opportunity to catch the Blazers playing the Cavs.

Since then, actually bringing this plan to fruition has proved to be quite a challenge. I quickly discovered that the game's been sold out for some time, so I began my search for the .003% of craigslist posters who possess the rare combination of decent tickets and basic communication skills.

After responding to a couple dozen listings (none of which listed a phone number) and getting no replies, I asked around at the office, figuring we've got a few season ticket holders here. I found the guy who had the Cavs game, but he's planning to go. He helpfully suggested "You should check on craigslist." Really?

Things got a little more desperate in the past few days. I offered to buy a group of four tickets over face value ... nope. I responded to listings of way overpriced nosebleed seats ... nada. I considered going way over my budget to buy a pair of tickets in the "banquet-included" section ... no dice.

Yesterday morning, another half-dozen e-mails to new listings, including one for a pair of 100-level seats at face value. Shyeah right. However, I got a call back about 30 minutes later: "They're yours if you want 'em."

"Hellz yeah. Where can I meet you?"

"I work in Beaverton, can you come out here tonight?"

"You bet. Name a place."

"Um ... how about the Hooters? Let's meet in the parking lot in front of the Hooters. Like at 9?"

"Sure! See you there." I was tempted to ask what our secret password would be. The hot wings walk at midnight or something.

Picked up Dad and drove out, expecting a no-show, or worse, tickets made on a laser printer. Instead, I found a clean-shaven guy sitting in his Camry, with the promised reward.


Section 119, baby.

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candent
King Baby
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Nice! I love it when things work out as planned like that. Enjoy the game.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)

Thanks. :)


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)

woohoo!!!! I would love to go to a Blazers game sometime.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)

If there are tickets available for one of the remaining games this season, we should try to get a group together and go.


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luvsammy
luvsammy
Samalamity
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

that would be awesome!


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circle23
circle23
circle23
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
sweet

cool number on the tickets too!! LOL


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sinndar
sinndar
Tracy
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)

Sweet!


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walkingbytch
walkingbytch
Zuba
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)

SCHWEET!


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zind4gi
zind4gi
Bob Sahangin
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)

Awesome seats and well earned. My recent CL dealings are horrible. I pretty much know that CL is a crapshoot these days, especially on hard to find items. Both as a seller and a buyer. You either get no responses, or crazy people, but if you persevere, eventually something comes along. Of course, it's even harder with a timeline.


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lotuspath
lotuspath
lotuspath
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)

LOVE that! HAVE FUN! :)


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cosmicjohn
cosmicjohn
Something witty and engaging
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)

Ahem ... I have Lexus Club tickets for tonight.

Myself and three friends are attending. D00d!


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

I'll wave up at ya. :)


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cosmicjohn
cosmicjohn
Something witty and engaging
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)

I would like to respond in kind by saying that I won't look down upon you, the poor ... but, as I will be high above you, it's impossible.

Sorry. I have to treat you differently.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)

You should just start carrying when dealing with CL folk. That way, if things go sideways, they know that they should sell their kind of crazy somewhere else. ;)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Wednesday, January 30th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)

To be honest I thought about asking you to come with. Not to do anything except stand there expressionless, maybe in sunglasses and a black trenchcoat. Probably less dangerous than packing, and more fun.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)

Heh, I could have driven and gotten the door as well with a little earbud in my ear.

As for your assertion that carrying a concealed weapon is dangerous, I would disagree. Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right. Hell, I could kill you with a newspaper. ;)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)

Careful. I would so Jason Bourne your ass and kill you with a washcloth and a book.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)

You forget... I still have the gun. :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)

So did the dude he killed in Bourne III. :D


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)

Yeah, but the guy in Bourne III wouldn't sit there and analyze the finer points of the situation and how everybody would get along based on each possible course of action. FTW! ;)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)

DOH!

Wait, what?


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)

Well, you're the 'thinkingest' one of our bunch. And just from my POV, I think you tend to spend too much time pondering and measuring interaction and their possible results. Sometimes quick action, even if it's potentially a wrong one, is the correct response. And I say this in the most general sense possible, based on the limited interactions we've had. And I'm not judging, it's neither good nor bad, and is simply a set of my observations. And I've been known to be a little on the impatient side sometimes. ;)

So, while you're trying to weigh the benefits of rolling the magazine up cover side in vs. cover side out, I'll be sending lead downrange for the win. ;)


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adventure_girl
adventure_girl
adventure_girl
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)

We went to Sunday's game and it was AMAZING. Someone taught those boys to play basketball! :)


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celibot
celibot
The Devil's Fluffer
Thursday, January 31st, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)

sha! way to curse the Blazers!


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