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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Phish Show

So I had some Pittsburgh Phish tickets that I traded for after I won some in the Phish Lottery. We decided to head down to the show to do some vending at the parking lot (bags and skirts) and also to sell the tickets. Mike and I decided to make it a family affair since the venue is several hours from us and we knew we would be there for a while.
Here we are setting up. I showed some bags and skirts and the kids sold lemonade and gave away candy... for about 20 minutes. Oops. No vending allowed without the proper permit and not outside the vendors area. I guess the rules on that one haven't changed. Well, the vendors area was full and so the security guys agreed to look the other way. The gal in the watch tower however (no joke, there was a watch tower), stuck to the rules and so we had to pack up our vending operation.

No problem, the parking lot was several miles long. We walked in and out of rows and sold some bags and met some interesting people.

The kids got hungry. Thankfully every other car was selling food. Here they are getting some cheese on hot bread. Mmmmm. Food always tastes better when it is prepared by hippies at a Phish show. There was so much to see and do in the parking lot that the kids didn't even really notice the amount of walking we did. Yes, they are wearing matching soccer jerseys from Jerusalem. We did that on purpose so that they would be easy to spot in a crowd. Plus, they look so darn cute! Lots of hippies commented on this.

Here they are listening to some parking lot tunes. We had been walking for several hours and we still hadn't sold the two tickets we had. Something we weren't prepared for were the amount of people trying to sell tickets. Tons of people had tickets, very few people wanted them. We began to think that it might be easier to try and find more tickets and go into the show, then to sell the tickets we had.

We were right! As Michael was talking to someone about how much he wanted for his tickets, another guy walked up and handed Mike a ticket for free and walked away. Now we only needed two tickets (Margaret was free into the show). The guy with the tickets was in a very happy mood. Mike asked him how much he wanted for two of his tickets. "Oh man, whatever you want to pay me would be great." So Mike offered him $20 for two and the guy accepted. In a very short amount of time we had scored three tickets for $20. These tickets had a face value of $50 each. The kids were going to their first ever Phish show!


Heidiblossom said...

So, how'd they like it???

Erika Ahern said...

Oh, wow! I love you guys so much. Phish and four kids, plus illegal vending. It really doesn't get much better than that!