So I won two tickets to go see a jazz concert at the Newport Beach Hyatt on Friday night.
Free tickets? Count me in!
You could probably give me free tickets to watch nuns pray and I’d still go because it’s free. When you’re on a budget, you just don’t turn down free.
So Eric and I went, got semi dressed up (us going out on a Friday night past 8 p.m.? In the words of Joe Biden: “That’s a big fuckin’ deal”) and were on our way. We did have to stop at Circle K to grab some Red Bull because–true to our form–we were tired. But we were determined to act our age and enjoy a (free) night out.
We get to the hotel, about 2 miles from where we live, and parking costs $19. $19?!?! What are we, in L.A.? It’s not like we were at Staples Center watching the Lakers, or at the Honda Center watching Britney Spears, we were at the freakin’ Hyatt. And to add insult to injury, they only took cash. So there we were scrounging around our pockets, hoping to come up with $19, even having to use some quarters to pay the man off. *humph*
I wasn’t going to let it ruin our (free) night. As we headed to our seats, we realized we were probably the youngest people there by a good 20 years. Hmmm…once we finally sat down, it felt like we were playing Tea Party. The seats were little doll seats, I was practically sitting on top of Eric so I wouldn’t spill over onto the woman next to me. And I couldn’t see anything. As the music played, we finally realized this wasn’t a Jazz concert, like what Eric and I consider Jazz. It was more like smooth jazz, a la elevator music.
We were both kind of quiet. Me not wanting to admit defeat, Eric not wanting to ruin my perfect (free) date night. After about 45 minutes, I turned to him and said “let’s go get a drink.”
So up to the hotel bar we went. We grabbed some food, some drinks and called it a night.
Cost of 2 sugar-free Red Bulls: $5.50
Drinks, food: $54
Total cost of ‘free’ date: $78.50*
*If the math is wrong, it’s because I did it in my head. I was an English major…
So the moral of this story…nothing is ever FREE. But make the most of it anyway…
Have you ever had a similar experience? Where you thought something was free and then it wasn’t?
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