February 23, 2013

My $100 ticket to see Robert Earl Keen. And the story of my lost $100 ticket to see Robert Earl Keen.

The wifey surprised me on Valentines Day with a $100 front row seat at the Callioux Theater for tonight's Robert Earl Keen show. 

Yeah, $100 is pretty pricey, but it's a benefit concert for kids.

At least that's what I keep telling myself. $100...It's for the kids...$100...it's for the kids...

Feb 23 – A benefit concert for the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. Americana Music artist Robert Earl Keen is a dynamic performer and master songster, known for such all-time hits as “The Road Goes On Forever,” “The Rose Hotel,” “Feeling Good Again,” “Corpus Christi Bay,” and “Merry Christmas from the Family.”  $100 tickets include a Meet & Greet Reception with Robert Earl Keen at 6 p.m. prior to the concert.
There is a bit of a back story regarding my $100 ticket.

And here it is...

I deserve and believe I have earned this damn $100 ticket and I'll tell you why.

The wifey and I have season tickets for stage productions at the Callioux Theater.

Let me disabuse you of any thought you may have of season tickets to seeing plays being my idea.

It's not.

You see, wifey is a beautiful, intelligent, down to earth woman, and I love her with all my heart and soul, but I'm very disappointed in her for marrying so far down beneath her station in life. 

Last Sunday I escorted her to see a play titled, 'The Girl In The Freudian Slip'.

Like I said, I deserve this damn $100 ticket. I've earned it.

Wifey gave me the ticket on Valentines Day.

And me being me...

I promptly lost the ticket.

Gone. I have no idea what I did with it. (Want me to watch your kids for you?)

So, this past Monday I went to the box office hoping for a replacement.

I explained what happened and the box office lady behind the glass did a quick computer search and found my original ticket confirmation info.

Oh, I forgot to mention something. I deleted the email the Callioux had sent containing the confirmation info without printing it out first.

I figured why bother since I had the ticket in hand.

It wasn't like it was a 'will call' at the box office thing.

After all, only an idiot would lose a $100 ticket.

But I regress, back to the story... 

At this point it's kind of important to remember this sentence from above:

"I explained what happened and the box office lady behind the glass did a quick computer search and found my original ticket confirmation info."

Then the box office lady behind the glass and I engaged in this witty bit of repartee:

Box Office lady: "I can't print up a new ticket unless you return the original ticket."

Me:   ?        (Guess what I'm thinking of saying, but didn't)

Box Office lady: "Do you know where you lost the ticket?"

Me:   ??     (Guess what I'm thinking of saying, but didn't)

She then made a phone call to world wide lost ticket replacement command headquarters for dolts who have lost their $100 ticket.

I was soon out of there with my replacement ticket.

So, between taking wifey to plays and not going full Will Profit on the box office lady behind the glass, I feel I have earned and deserve my damn $100 ticket.

Besides, it's for the kids...it's for the kids...it's for the kids...
I became an instant fan of Keen's music years ago upon hearing, 'Jesse With the Long Hair Hanging Down'

The Highwaymen, consisting of  Johnny CashWaylon JenningsWillie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson recorded a version of the Keen penned song 'The Road Goes On Forever', but in my opinion Keen and his band smoked them with this live version.

I would be remiss if I didn't include Keen's holiday classic

This keen oldie pretty much sums up where I am in my life. And it ain't a bad place to be.


  1. I'm glad you got your ticket. I listened to the lot, and I understand why you wanted the damned thing. It was for the kid.

  2. We are so delighted that you were able to get a replacement ticket and we are truly happy that you had a good time at the concert! Heck, we even through in the bats for an added element of surprise! It most definitely was for a good cause! The Hill Country Youth Orchestra is one of a very few if not the only FREE youth orchestras in the country and it is because of your support for events such as this concert they are able to offer the program to all children! Thank you again for your support!! REK Management

  3. I am not one to gush, but the entire event was fantastic! My only regret is deeper pockets beat me out on the items I bid on at the silent auction. Thanks to all the staff involved in putting on this benefit. They did a wonderful job. And thanks to the Robert and Kathleen Keen foundation for the giving of their time and talents to such a worthwhile organization as the Hill Country Youth Orchestra. I would also be remiss if I didn't add a thank you to the Robert Earl Keen band for participating in this fund raiser. I'm already looking forward to next years event.