Today is one of the most exciting and most frustrating days of the year for north side Chicago residents like myself – the day single-game Cubs tickets go on sale. It’s exciting because even for people like me who aren’t massive Cubs fans, a day at Wrigley Field is a ton of fun. But it’s also frustrating because there is no good way to distribute tickets in an orderly fashion given the demand for tickets. So this first weekend when tickets are on sale ends up being a mad dash all over the city with people using multiple phone lines, multiple computers at their workplace and even friends from out of state to try and secure those coveted tickets to the weekend series* against the White Sox and St. Louis.
Even more irritating is how the Cubs try to be “fair” by using a completely random selection process to decide who gets access to the ticket purchasing section of the website. So when you access the site, instead of getting to actually buy tickets, you are put into this “Virtual Waiting Room” page that auto-refreshes every 30 seconds or so. But instead of taking you on a first come, first served basis, the system just picks people at random who are allowed to actually leave the waiting room and buy tickets. So I’ve been in the “waiting tomb” all morning and gotten nothing. And five games have already sold out. Oh well, looks like it’s another season of Tuesday night games and Sundays for me once things calm down in a week or so. I wonder if they have sensors that can tell that I’m just another regular-guy boring fan who:
- Doesn’t pick fights
- Doesn’t drink until I puke
- Won’t urinate all over neighborhood front lawns after the game
- Isn’t a Lincoln Park Trixie, with their midriff-baring tops, tight shorts, and proclivity for talking on cell phones through the entire game
And because I don’t fit into one of the stereotypical categories, I’m continually getting left in the waiting room by some sort of evil algorithm. Damn you evil algorithm!!!
Otherwise, this weekend will probably be uneventful. Prepping for a board committee meeting for my theater company and picking the GF up from the airport when she gets back into town. Maybe I’ll head over to the ticket outlet down the street and see what’s left tomorrow morning.
* What’s plural of “series”? Serieses? Seriii?