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Old 07-02-09, 07:58 PM   #1
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Almost met Ringo

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.
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There's just the two of them left, and time is running out.
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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.
I think I found your mistake!
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Tracy was in that winning seat! Here's the rankle part - I gave her that ticket stub!
No you didn't. If you stop to think about it for a minute you will see there was no injustice and no irony.
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My ticket giving friend suggested I take her friend Tracy.
See? Tracy, just like you, got the ticket from your other friend.
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I thought this was going to be about Johnny Ringo.
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I met him (Ringo ) when I was in elementary school! A teacher there knew him well and they met up after school, they did a little jam session in the library for the other teachers, me and a few other art students got to stay and listen, then we met him when it was over, it was pretty cool at the time but it didn't really sink in till I was well into my 30's!
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No you didn't. If you stop to think about it for a minute you will see there was no injustice and no irony.

See? Tracy, just like you, got the ticket from your other friend.
Sorry, but you don't understand. I was the one who handled the tickets and stubs, and subsequently gave that winning stub to her after the stubs were returned to me by the ticket taker. A heads or tales option, I could have just as easily kept that winning ticket. I gave her that ticket. See?
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THIS is your "almost" brush with fame?



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I won a Beatles poster at an American English show one time. That's way closer to Ringo than you'll ever get.
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Sorry, but you don't understand. I was the one who handled the tickets and stubs, and subsequently gave that winning stub to her after the stubs were returned to me by the ticket taker. A heads or tales option, I could have just as easily kept that winning ticket. I gave her that ticket. See?
That is a pretty good tale!

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Yes. Sad, isn't it? Just a nobody.
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I won a Beatles poster at an American English show one time. That's way closer to Ringo than you'll ever get.
Wrong. I sat next to a girl who had just come back from having Ringo himself sign the back of her tour jacket while she wore it.

Damn, that could have been me! Can you imagine the chicks I'd be able to pick up at bars with that story?
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I hate to say it but, the Stones were 100 times better than the Beatles. Just Say'in.

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I hate to say it but, the Stones were 100 times better than the Beatles. Just Say'in.
The Beatles knew when to call it a day.
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The Beatles knew when to call it a day.
True. I can't argue with that.

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Never in a million billion years, happy to say. Said by someone who rather enjoys the Stones.
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Never in a million billion years, happy to say. Said by someone who rather enjoys the Stones.
Just teasing you bud. However, my parents used to play the Beatles all the time....so therefore I had to like The Stones.

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Just teasing you bud. However, my parents used to play the Beatles all the time....so therefore I had to like The Stones.

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I don't think my mother could name a Rolling Stones song to save her life. While my cousins and I were talking about our classic rock favorites one day at a family reunion, my mother shocked us all by saying she liked Led Zeppelin. We howled with laughter and still bring that up at family events. The only time I recall her even mentioning Led Zeppelin to me was in 1970 when I was 11 after she and my dad returned from a CA vacation where they stayed with my dad's brother and his hippie roommate. A Whole Lot Of Love began to play on the radio and she asked me if I liked that. She said that my uncle's hippie roommate played that album all the time and she couldn't stand hearing the singer screaming and howling like an animal. Hilarious!
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Sure, I would have loved to see Paul McCartney, but Ringo was a legitimate Beatle, so I was thrilled nonetheless.
Oh christ, not this again.
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