I put my name, my husband’s name and my dad’s name into the lottery to get tickets to the Antiques Roadshow when they come to Salt Lake City on June 24. The date passed for hearing if I got them, so I moved on.
A couple weeks ago, I found out from my co-worker that Garrison Keillor was coming to SLC to record a "Prairie Home Companion" radio episode, which struck me as an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. Hubby agreed, and we shelled out the cash for not cheap, but not too expensive tickets to go.
Two days later, my dad called me to tell me that he got two Antiques Roadshow tickets with an entry time of 3:30.
Garrison Keillor’s show starts at 3:45.
I could go to both if the entry time to the Roadshow were earlier, and I’ve been trying to trade them with a posting on Craigslist and telling everyone I know out here. No takers. I could try selling them on eBay and purchasing tickets for an earlier time, which is what I should probably do if I really want to go. Of course the tickets "are not for resale," so everybody on eBay has, for example, "a fancy white envelope, with bonus two Roadshow tickets" for sale. Nice trick.
Anyway, I look at my situation and wonder how many people under age 30 have this kind of problem with two conflicting events when the events are Public Television vs. Public Radio. I don’t care about being on television with my antiques (in fact I sort of hope that I’m not… unless the tv will shave off 20 pounds, I’m definitely not fit enough for a video documentation of any sort).
I really hope that I can experience both. It may be a long day, and my friends and future children may think I’m batty, but by golly I’m psyched.
P.S. I would have said "by golly" before I ever moved to Utah. I am swearing less here, though.