The Real Cost of BDO

Big Day Out.  Big deal this side of the world and to get the most out of my kiwiland experience – I did everything in my power to ensure that I was going.  Getting the day off work was easy – all that was needed was a boss who actually keeps promises, 6″ heels, and a developer who knows how to take direction.  I won’t get into the details but I may have had someone prance around in my 6″ heels to score the day off.  Getting into the show was another ordeal though.

I bought tickets for myself and a friend early to ensure that it didn’t sell out while I was Straying.  Got back from my Stray adventures and wham – the tickets are no longer on my dresser where I left them.  Diving to the most logical of conclusions – a ghost must be shuffling all my belongings around my room right?  WRONG.  Turns out some stranger stayed in my room while I was away and then made the executive decision to tidy up my room even though they never got my permission to stay there in the first place.  Anger and privacy issues aside – somehow this tidying up lead to my BDO tickets vanishing into thin air.  I know mystery of all mysteries of what could have possibly happened to them, right?  So there I was – the night before the big show and no tickets to be found anywhere.  What’s a girl to do….well besides curse like a sailor.

After much deliberation, I decided to shell out the dough AGAIN to repurchase the tickets.  I wasn’t going to let other people’s bad judgement ruin my day…it just wasn’t fair!  The only problem was that being $500 in the hole to go to BDO left a dark cloud over me.  I spent the first half of the morning thinking about money issues which just sucks the fun out of everything.  I even had a hard time laughing when I was approached by a random girl wearing a toga asking if she could join me in the toilet and then after I said no – she proceeded to offer me money to do so (sadly…I may have been slightly tempted). 

But then like magic and despite early tales about how it never rains on BDO – the clouds burst.  There was a sudden downpour of rain which allowed my troubles to be temporarily washed away and I found myself standing in the middle of crowd enjoying Edward Sharpe.  The night proceeded to get better as the rains got heavier and the highlight for me was LCD as I found myself just getting lost in the moment for the first time.  End of the day however – was it all worth it?  Sadly due to the financial impact – jury’s still out…

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