When I arrived home on Friday, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Purolator envelope with my name on it. I was further pleased to find the following inside.
Yes, my tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics had arrived.
When the first ticket lottery was held, I threw my name into the hat for a number of events. I figured it made sense that I try for some speed skating at the Richmond Oval, living in Richmond and all. I also tried to score some figure skating tickets for Marnie. And what true blooded Canadian would pass up on the opportunity to take in either curling or hockey? So I asked for some of those too. All in all, I had pretty much set myself up to be flat broke had my boat come in and all the events I bid on come my way.
But once the lottery was held, all I ended up scoring on was two pair of tickets to a Men’s and Women’s curling draw. I was still excited to be going to an Olympic event and all, but kind of let down that all I was able to get were 4 tickets to an event only I would enjoy (lets just say that Marnie ain’t the biggest curling fan). I was also able to breathe a sigh of relief that my credit card was not incinerated by Olympic ticket costs, so all-in-all things were okay.
Then there was that secondary release of tickets. Now armed with an event schedule which listed participating nations, I figured it was worth my while to try and score a hockey ticket or two and placed myself in the virtual waiting room. Once through the doors, I began a methodical search for Canadian Men’s and Women’s hockey tickets starting with the Gold Medal game and downward. As my search went on, it became more and more apparent that the tickets were gone. But when I took a look at the Canada vs. Switzerland Men’s Hockey game on 18Feb I found a couple available – the rest being history.
Since buying them, I’ve had friends offer me vast sums of money for the hockey tickets on what should be guaranteed win night for Canada. And each time I receive an offer, I turn it down – I’m going to an Olympic Men’s Hockey game and Canada is playing, no way I can pass that opportunity up.
So were you as lucky as I was? Are you going to any Olympic events? Or will be you watching the games on TV?