What a weird string of luck leading up to it. It wasn't until Monday (only two days prior to the event) that I bought tickets, which by then had all but sold out. Via the uber-secret Ticketmaster kiosk in Pioneer Place that no one knows about, I was able to get upper balcony B tickets. But then I figured that I might be able to upgrade, so I posted on damnportlanders that I was looking for a pair.
Out of nowhere, this woman e-mails me the name and number of someone at White Bird to check on availability. The performance was completely sold out but for two mezzanine tickets left, which she offered me at a discount. :)
So I was pretty happy about that ... but when I e-mailed the woman (not an LJ user) back to thank her, she replied with an e-mail telling me that if I didn't already have dinner plans, that she had some gift certificates left over from a promotion her company did a few months back for the Three Degrees restaurant and that I could have one. Um, ok!
I posted another comment on damnportlanders that now I had an extra pair, and got about 10 replies within an hour or so. ghotighued was considerate enough to have tipped me off to an online ticket exchange in reply to my first post, so I thought it would be cool to let him have the tickets. I asked for half the face value, but I probably should have given them to him for free, considering my good fortune. Isaac, I at least owe you a beer. Maybe like six.
I walked over to the Schnitz to meet ghotighued out front, then swung by the Heathman to fetch The Hang, who was sitting on a bar stool resisting being chatted up by the guy next to her. When she saw me she totally brightened up with a huge smile and gave me a big kiss when I walked up and said hello. Made me feel like a million bucks.
The show was awesome, the walk (in the rain) to the restaurant was awesome, dinner was awesome. What a great night.
beansbouf, I'm sorry you and Steve didn't make it to the show. It was pretty fun.
I think the random woman's e-mail addy has her work info in it, so I'm sending her some flowers today.