Circle By Nine – Mo Bottom Project

This is a song about the area and era that I grew up in.  The “Circle” in the song is Halls Ferry Circle, a roundabout in North St. Louis County where 6  streets intersect.  There were many businesses around the circle which opened in 1933. Most notably there was ‘Circle Steak’,  a Steak n’ Shake drive-in burger joint that teens cruised through most evenings but especially Friday and Saturday nights.  Sometimes we even ate there if we could find a parking place.

 

Spring Hailstorm

A storm came through the St. Louis area this afternoon.  Heavy rain and wind, followed by pretty good size hail that lasted for at least a half hour pummelled the area.  At one point I got hit on the hand by a hailstone – expletive not deleted.

I have an area of my gutter system that is lower in the center instead of at tilting towards the downspout,  so it overflows near my front door when we get really heavy rain.  

On the northern side of the metropolitan area, there was hail that appeared to be baseball size. Luckily that wasn’t too close to me.

Large hail, high winds cause damage in St. Louis area

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Buying concert tickets is nothing but a scam

I don’t go to concerts very often.  I’ve been to a few over the years but probably not as many as most people.  I have seen some of the biggest names in person though.  I’m talking Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Monkees, Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Cher, and Rod Stewart.  I’m sure there are a few more but can’t think of them at the moment.  Those were all when the performers came to St. Louis.  I’ve seen some others performing in Las Vegas… like Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton, Neil Sedaka, The Carpenters, Mac Davis, Smokey Robinson, Wayne Newton, and Little Richard (not in Las Vegas). 

Beatles Looking at that list now I guess it’s not too shabby, but that’s been over more than 40 years.  Ticket prices were a little cheaper back in the day.  We saw the Beatles in concert for the whopping price of $5.50 per ticket back in 1966. Granted they weren’t the best seats in thew house, but we were there.  Right arrow

Paul McCartney is coming to St. Louis this summer and tickets went on sale today at 10am.  I got online at exactly 10am and was “randomly selected” to be able to purchase tickets.  Tickets were priced anywhere from $20 to $250 per ticket.  I selected two tickets at $99.  A second or two later I got the message, “Tickets are not available together in the quantity you requested in this section at this time.” and was told to try again.  So I immediately selected two tickets in “Best Available (all price levels)” and got the same message.  So as a test I asked for one ticket in the “Best Available” category and got the same message.  So, there were NO TICKETS available the moment tickets went on sale.  None! 

I know many of you already know this and are used to it, but this pisses me off.  I looked at StubHub.com, a ticket resale vendor, and of course they have a shittload of tickets to this concert for sale already.  They range in price all the way up to $10,000 per ticket.  Many in the $200–$500 range.  Those are the tickets that normally sell for $69 to $169 each. 

I’m already pissed at the outrageous “convenience” fees that are tacked onto the price of tickets anyway so I won’t be buying tickets from scammers or brokers anytime soon.

Tickets go on sale at 10am.  Bullshit!

End of rant.

 

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