Well, it’s hardly timely, but I feel I should still write about the Brian Eno Illustrated Talk I attended on Saturday, October 29th as part of MoogFest 2011. As you may recall, in the mists of time, I ended up buying MoogFest passes. A pair for roughly $200 each. This netted me the ability to buy another pair of Brian Eno tickets for his illustrated talk during MoogFest 2011 weekend on Saturday afternoon. I bought the Eno tickets, discounted for MoogFest passholders at $15 each. Ah, but here’s the rub. The discounted MoogFest Eno tickets only allowed entry to weekend passholders with a wristband. Since I was planning to ditch the tickets and buy general admission Eno tickets [should the not sell out] I’d have to sell off both my weekend passes and the matching Eno tickets.
On September 9th, I once again ran the TicketMonster® gauntlet and purchased a pair of $35 general admission Eno tickets. At that point I was in over $500 for this event. I had a pair of MoogFest weekend passes, a pair of MoogFest Eno tickets, and a pair of general admission Eno tickets. My wife, who was an Eno fan but now had already made alternate plans for the same day as Eno’s talk, beseeched me to still get two tickets, in case her event folded for some reason. In early October, I made my move on Craigslist, to unload the set of two MoogFest weekend passes with matching Eno tickets. I priced the lot to move at $10 below face value with me eating the exorbitant TM service charges. More than fair, I thought. I had one or two bites, but people being what they are, no one followed up with further contact or e-mails. By that time, the likelihood of my wife’s event folding seemed remote, so I found myself talking with my old friend Charles who told me “let me know if any major events are happening and I’ll hop a plane right down there.”
Well, I couldn’t help but mention that I had a ticket for Brian Eno’s lecture with his name on it, if he wanted to claim it. 48 hours later, his travel plans were all set. As long as the wi-fi held out, he could work on travel, and my ad-hoc network was ready to go. But there was a further hitch with unloading the tickets. The promoters announced two weeks before the event that Buncombe County residents could now buy weekend passes for MoogFest at the initial buy-in price of $150; since ratcheted up to $200. It sure looked like sales were anemic or the promoters would not have done this for anything in the world. I would now have to shave off another $100 of my selling price to be “priced to move.” Would I ever sell them? I began to break out in a cold sweat as I edited my Craigslist listing. I would now take a nearly $200 fall on this event!
Fortunately, the right person responded and the sale was made quickly with follow up on the behalf of the buyer. The buyer was so enthusiastic at the tickets that he paid an even $300 for the roughly $475 in tickets I was now asking $290 for. Well, that didn’t hurt. Charles was arriving at the Asheville airport Thursday night and we’d see Eno on Saturday. He was staying through November 3rd, so I’d have almost a week off of work to have some laughs with Charles and take a break from my hectic schedule.
To be continued…