I'd call it the luck of the Irish but I'm neither Irish nor do I really believe in luck. As Shalee so eloquently stated yesterday in her post entitled Luck 'o the Irish, "Okay, so I don’t believe in luck. I give all the credit to God". I totally agree. But I tell you, yesterday, St. Patrick's Day, definitely worked in my favor.
Remember yesterday, I gave you a couple of videos shot at New York's St. Paddy's Day Parade of my favorite quintet group. And linked to their site and lo and behold I "accidentally" found out that they were actually coming to my city? I was just a tad excited. Well you'll never guess what happened when I went to check into the tickets.
But let me back up a bit in my story. Because I still can't quite believe it and I'm still giddy with with how this all came together and what happened at the ticket center. When hubby and I first heard this group on PBS last year we both immediately took a liking to them. Me, because they sing a mix of Irish folk song & ballads and classic songs and hubby, because he's a singer/musician and has been in bands, recognized their talent and the talent of the way the show is put together. We both said if they ever come to Canada and our way we would make a real effort to go see them. But their tour last fall did not bring them into Canada. Sad, sad, sad.
So hubby, being the sweetie he is, ordered me the DVD. And it has gotten plenty of constant use. In fact, my 14 year old girl, keeps stealing it to watch on her DVD player. Which tells you the universal, across generations appeal of this group. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, PBS again played that show from last year and for whatever reason, I watched it. Again. And then they mentioned that Celtic Thunder would be going to Canadian cities in their spring tour. Well, that perked my ears right up. But they only mentioned Vancouver and again I was bummed. So then I got the brilliant idea to google their Canadian tour dates. And lo and behold, the first link led me to the city my oldest girl is going to bible school in. Okay now that's exciting. But bummer again. It's on a weeknight. And it's a 7 hour drive there. And the tickets were $345.00. Ouch.
So I went to another link and found, oh my goodness, that they were coming to the big city near us. Okay a little better. That's only a 2 hour drive. But it's still on a weeknight which means I would have to close dayhome early and then we'd be getting home way after midnight. Not conducive to an awake day the next day. But could I swing it? So I went to a ticket site listed and again $345.00. That ended that right there. With hubby not working there is no way we could ever do that. Never mind adding the gas for the trip in there. And you know what? I don't think I would ever want to pay that for any show. To me that is INSANE for us!
So after pouting for a day, I let the whole idea go and played my DVD instead.
Fast forward to yesterday. When I posted their performance from last year's St. Paddy's Day parade in New York. When I went to their site to link I saw that they sell tickets right on their site and they encourage you to get them there so that you don't get an expensive scalper site. So out of curiosity I clicked on it wondering how much the big city tickets would be through their link. People, it was $70. All I can say is somebody out there is majorly scalping people. Whoever you are, shame on you! Anyway, right below the big city name is, be still my heart, my city. What???!!! How did I not know this? So I click on the link and at the venue in my city tickets are $69.50 for a floor seat. What? Whoo Hoo! That still is a big chunk when hubby's not working but I can juggle and forgo some other stuff for the next couple of months to make it work. I could hardly wait to tell hubby.
So now the story gets really fun. As soon as dayhome was done, we scooted down to the ticket center to get tickets. As we went to pay for them, we almost didn't clue in to the amount the clerk was telling us. We just looked at him. And then asked him to repeat it. Guess what?! Because it was St. Patrick's Day they had a special on. We got the tickets for half price!!!! Did you miss that? Let me say again. HALF PRICE! You think I was excited yesterday. Hubby and I giggled all the way home. We couldn't believe it. What were the chances of all that coming together like that and that we'd find ourselves at the ticket center a half hour before closing on St. Patrick's Day? Luck? No way. Co-incidence? I think not! Thank you God!
So pretty soon hubby, daughter and I and even my son, will be sitting in row 9 enjoying the show and probably still talking and giggling about the blessing the Lord provided. I just hope I don't embarrass myself singing out loud to all their songs.