This memory still rankles me! About 13 years ago I was the beneficiary of a pair of tickets to see Ringo Starr and His All Star Band at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. A close friend lived less than a mile from the GT, and to placate the locals during the concert season (snarled traffic, noise), the Greek Theater management gave them free tickets to 8 shows per year. Sure, I would have loved to see Paul McCartney, but Ringo was a legitimate Beatle, so I was thrilled nonetheless.
My ticket giving friend suggested I take her friend Tracy, an incredibly adorable blond with a gorgeous smile. I picked her up, we parked at our mutual friend's house, and we walked to the show. On the way I learned that Tracy wasn't a huge Beatles fan like I was. But, considering we'd also be seeing other stars and hear their hit songs, we'd both have plenty of fun.
OK, so we're in our seats, and before the show started some local DJ comes out and begins a raffle give-away, with gifts like CD's, posters, t-shirts and so forth. The grand prize was to meet Ringo backstage, and get a signed Ringo & All Stars tour jean jacket. Wow, what a great prize for the lucky winner of that! The DJ begins to call out the winning seat, "section B north,.. row 3,.. seat 14." Tracy was in that winning seat! Here's the rankle part - I gave her that ticket stub! It could just as easily have been me in that seat with that ticket! When we realized that she'd won, I reminded her that she wasn't a Beatles fan. With the spotlight on us, I pleaded with her to let me go in her place. No dice. Off she went with the security. 15 minutes later she returned with a Ringo CD and that signed tour jean jacket. She gave me the CD. The jacket wasn't even her size! I can't believe I missed the opportunity to meet a Beatle!
Every so often I bump into Tracy and ask about that jacket, and if she'd consider giving it to me. I remind her that she's not even a Beatles fan. No dice.