I came to the realization a couple days ago that I’m actually NOT going to be able to go to Ohio and see The Replacements after all this year. Between the cost of summer daycare for the bambino, going to Wisconsin, and actually trying to pay down debt (something that had I taken a more active role in doing, would make this moot), I can’t justify the cost of a plane ticket. I am heartbroken and devastated, and spent most of Tuesday in tears, blaming my red, puffed-up face on an eczema flare-up. And while I know it’s silly to get so worked up about it (I’m 39, for crissakes!), the reality is, it’s not happening. As such, I have my tickets up for sale, and I expect that by the weekend, they’ll be in the hands of someone else.
And I hate it. I knew it was a long shot when I bought the tickets. I’m angriest at myself for not budgeting better–I’d stupidly thought “Oh, something will work out, it always does.” Nope. Not this time.
Still, I have to remind myself, I was lucky enough to see The ‘Mats at Midway last year, and I know there were a lot of people who wanted to go to that show and weren’t able to. So there’s that.
And I’m hoping that maybe once the band gets done with their shows in Europe, they might do more shows in the fall. And perhaps they’ll do something in Minneapolis or even Des Moines or Omaha. Something a little closer to me out here.
In a perfect world, my tickets would go to someone like I was last year–Never had the chance to see The ‘Mats back in their heyday, because of being too young and getting into them just as they were splitting up. If I could help some fan have an experience like I did with Midway, well, that’s a good thing, right?