Tuesday, October 6, 2015

365 Project - Day 279 - "MAIDEN!!! MAIDEN!!! MAIDEN!!! (The Freakin' Awesome Seats)"


October 06, 2015 - "MAIDEN!!! MAIDEN!!! MAIDEN!!! (The Freakin' Awesome Seats)"

12-noon to 12:05PM today. Those were the most frustrating five minutes I've experienced in a very long time.

Today at noon was the special "Fan Club Pre-sale" for tickets to Iron Maiden's concert at Madison Square Garden next March. Iron Maiden Fan Club members get to purchase their tickets a full four days before they go on sale to the general public.

I had everything ready by 11:45AM. I was logged in to my Ticketmaster account. I had the special pre-sale code already cut, waiting to be pasted when asked for. The payment method was already entered. I even had a printed out map of Madison Square Garden so I would be able to see exactly where the seats were before buying them... hoping to God (who happens to be a HUGE Iron Maiden fan, by-the-way) that I'd be able to get something in section 102, and if not there - something in sections 101 or 103.

The moment came... I entered the code at lightening-fast-speed... I selected "Best Available" and "Any Price" - then clicked "Search" and waited.

"No Seats Available"

I did it again...

"No Seats Available"

I did it yet again...

"No Seats Available"

I kept going. Finally it started giving me options...

Up at the top of Section 212. Nope... Search again...

Section 115. Nope... Search again...

Top row of section 209. Nope... Search again...

Top of Section 227. Nope... Not good enough... Search again...

Things slow down.

"We are experiencing heavy traffic. Please wait a moment and try again"

Wait a few seconds... Search again...

"No Seats Available"

Search again...

"No Seats Available"

Search again...

"No Seats Available"

Search again...

"No Seats Available"

(Starting to think that we're screwed... and will have to wait until the general sale on Saturday)

Search again...

"No Seats Available"

(About to give up.)

Search one last time...

Section 102 - Row 9

HELL YEAH!!!

Click "BUY TICKETS"...

Enter final payment information before the timer goes off and the seats are lost...

Wait as the order is processed.

"PURCHASE CONFIRMED"

Double-check to make sure it's REALLY confirmed...

Yep... It's confirmed. Two tickets - Section 102 - Row 9

OH MY GOD!!! THESE ARE THE BEST FREAKIN' SEATS I'VE EVER BEEN ABLE TO GET AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN!!!

Do a little happy dance while sitting at my computer...

Text my brother a photo of the arena map to show him how freakin' awesome our seats are...

Immediately put on "The Book of Souls" and blast it in happiness!

UP THE IRONS!

(lifeisgood!)

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