by DaniGirl on October 3, 2005 · 15 comments

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an excellent summer of concerts as the summer of 2005 in Ottawa. We’ve had everyone from Harry Connick Jr and Diana Krall to Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones to Matthew Good and the Tea Party. Every time I turned on the radio (oh how I miss my CBC Radio One!) I was hearing about another band that I kind of knew a couple of their songs who were coming to Ottawa.

The one big show that I really wanted to see was U2, but the Web site crashed when 85,000 people tried to log in at the same time to buy the hottest ticket in town. After spending the summer sulking about it, I have come to terms with the fact that I won’t be seeing U2 in November with 30,000 of my closest friends.

What I will be seeing, however, is… the Wiggles! Tristan was never a huge Wiggles fan, but Simon loves them. (More specifically, Simon loves anything to do with music and will take any opportunity to dance.)

When I got home from BC last month, Beloved pointed out an ad in the paper saying that tickets would go on sale the next day. When I cancelled one meeting and begged off another so I could hover over my keyboard when tickets went on sale at 10:00 am, I was probably subconciously trying to make atonement for ‘abandoning’ the boys for four days earlier in the week.

Finally able to let go my anger over the U2 ticket fiasco, I was thrilled with the results of my frantic refreshing and lightning-fast reflexes. I felt like mother of the year. I had scored FLOOR SEATS! (Can you imagine trying to corral two preschooler in the nose-bleed seats, with a 50 degree incline and 200 feet to the arena floor below? Yikes.)

And then the payment screen came up. And it was no longer priceless. In fact, it was downright expensive. The price of maternal guilt is apparently $196.20.

I’m such a sucker.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laurie October 3, 2005 at 3:51 pm

Yep, Bono has been replaced by Capt. Feathersword in our house, too. We managed to score floor seats for the 6:30 show… maybe we’ll see you there πŸ™‚
I too gagged at the $150.00 price tag, but I figure the look on Michaela’s face when she see’s Greg et. al. will be well worth it

2 Danigirl October 3, 2005 at 4:33 pm

Hey Laurie! We’re going to the same show – hooray!! Looking forward to bumping into you!

3 Marla October 3, 2005 at 4:43 pm

The Wiggles are not the be-all-end-all in our household, but this is kind of fun. I make a terribly cute Wiggle, you know!

4 nancy October 3, 2005 at 6:36 pm

You are so NOT a sucker. I tried to get tickets but only far away up high ones remained and I opted not to spend the $150 for reasons you stated. I am so jealous and wish we were going. I even tried a couple of my ‘connections’ to get some with no luck – they are a HOT ticket! I was willing ot drive 2 hours there and back just to see the look on their faces. One day…
Marla – that was hilarious!! I don’t think I am as cute as you though.

5 nancy October 3, 2005 at 6:37 pm

P.S. Am pretty sure Ann & Allie are going to the 6:30 show.

6 Momsey October 3, 2005 at 7:51 pm

Another 6:30 show taker here! Though, not as fortunate to have gotten floor seats πŸ™
We are in the 100’s though, so not too nose bleedish! Ya know, we should meet for dinner!

7 Beanie Baby October 3, 2005 at 8:27 pm

LOL Well, look at it this way: You can use the tickets to induce/extract guilt for as-yet-to-be-determined future misdemeanours of the small people.

8 alliemom October 3, 2005 at 11:12 pm

Yes we got floor seats as well! She’ll be going with Daddy, Auntie Belinda and her two cousins. They are very excited!(Daddy included!LOL)

9 The Fryman October 4, 2005 at 12:27 am

2 Hints from an experienced floor seat Wiggler (Vancouver – $179…I have never been less excited about 7th row seats in my life)…
1. Floor seats provide an excellent view of the HUGE video screens on either side of the stage. Remind your kids frequently that you ‘Did not pay $175 to watch the video!!’.
2. The Wiggles roam around the crowd at times – this means much running by many children in the same direction (picture 4yr old hockey/soccer games). Collisions will occur.
And if nothing else works, just put the U2 live album on your Ipod and squint REAL hard…I’m sure Greg will look a bit like Bono….

10 Running2Ks October 4, 2005 at 12:37 am

These children’s shows are big bucks. We’ve been to two Dora’s and one Blue’s Clues. I am sure Wiggles and more are coming. Must get a second mortgage…

11 BeachMama October 4, 2005 at 1:06 am

As sad as I still am that I didn’t get U2 tickets, I think I will wait for the pre-release to try again rather than the wiggles πŸ˜‰ My little guy is only starting to watch the show, but maybe next year!!
Anna – holding on to the U2 money

12 Snack Mommy October 4, 2005 at 3:44 am

I also wanted to second the fact that the floor seats are well worth the price. I was a little annoyed that people after me got closer to the stage when we saw the Wiggles here, however, once I got there I realized we were in the aisle. All the kids wiggle in the aisle, and as mentioned above, the Wiggles do come out into the audience.
You may want to avoid the concession stands however, as an authentic Big Red Car flashlight runs you about $20 (eek!)

13 Danigirl October 4, 2005 at 12:31 pm

Hey, it sounds like a regular playgroup but with live entertainment – what fun!! Pity the waitress at whatever place we decide to go for dinner together, but I’m definitely in.
Snack Mommy, I’ve been thinking of you ever since we got the tickets!! You and the Wiggles are irrevokably linked in my mind – I think that’s a compliment!
And the Fryman gets the comment of the week award – and ties with himself for first place! – for “I have never been less excited about 7th row seats in my life” and “we did not pay $175 for you to watch the video.”
xo Dani

14 SilverCreek Mom October 4, 2005 at 12:52 pm

Have FUN! I don’t think I could swollow that price for that. I paid $17.00 for Raphi way back when and I thought that was bad. LOL!
I would prefered U2. Miranda is begging me to go to see MY Chemical Romance in Novermber. I don’t think I can do that one wither. LOL!

15 alliemom October 5, 2005 at 5:41 pm

Hey, if you’re going for dinner I’m going to have to tell hubby to get his own damn Wiggles ticket!! πŸ™‚ I may be able to tolerate them after a few glasses of wine!!!!! πŸ˜‰

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