Observations About Life: Many years ago a wise man gave me some good advice. He said “There are two things in life for which you should go first class: 1) your first date with someone and 2) the oil in your car.”
There are certain times in our lives when we need to spend a bit more on something.
Back in 1976, my brother and I bought tickets to see Elvis Presley in the Pontiac Silverdome. The most expensive ticket (get this) was $15. The cheaper ticket was $10. My brother and I opted for the $10 seats. When we got to the stadium our seats were up in the second balcony section, the stage looked like a matchbox to us. When Elvis finally came on stage as the music from 2001 Space Odyssey blared, all we saw was a tiny blob in white. I remember realizing at that moment “if I had spent $5 more, I could actually see the man.” I had opted for cheap at a major moment in my life. What a miscalculation.
I have never forgotten that lesson. There are times in our lives when paying the lower price will bring us regret. What I should have asked myself was “is it worth an extra $5 to see the King of Rock and Roll?”
When considering a purchase, ask yourself a couple of questions. What is the additional amount to get the best? Is it worth it to me? Don’t opt for cheap when it is a once in a lifetime event.
If there is a screen, it is okay, I think. It is important to know where the seats are, though. We once bought (expensive for me) tickets on the floor to see the Gaithers. We will never do that again. We could not see a thing about the heads of other people. Better to be in the nosebleed seats. We saw Bill Cosby in the nosebleeds seats, but there there were screens, so it was just as good as seeing him up front. But we saw a wonderful soloist at Devos one year, and it was so disappointing because, like you say, we couldn’t understand what he was singing because we couldn’t see his face. The symphony didn’t use screens at that time.
Back in the day (I saw Elvis) they didn’t have large screens. I have actually not been to a concert where a large screen was present (or have I?).
The best concert I have attended was John Denver at the basketball arena in Lansing (Before the Breslin Center). That was in 1980, I think. I can’t remember if there were screens.
I think you should ask me to dinner…for the first time. 🙂
Sure, why not.