As you all know, Michelle won my contest a couple of weeks ago, scoring movie tickets for two. I haven't actually done anything about getting the tickets to her and, needless to say, when I saw this post this morning, I leaped into action. (OK, leap is a total fabrication...I started clicking things.)
So, I quickly found that Hellboy is playing at two theaters in her neck of the woods. I quickly commented on her blog that she should let me know which theater she'd be going to so I could buy the tickets. Then I emailed, figuring she might see an email quicker than seeing a comment on the blog.
Then I emailed again, saying "Why don't you just call me?" and included my cell number. I got back an email with her number and a note telling me that if I wanted to speak to her grandmother I could call a second number she gave me.
While I'd been waiting for her contact info, I had dutifully tried calling the two theaters to see if I could buy the tickets over the phone. The first theater's recording gave a phone number I could call after Noon and speak to a live person. The second theater offered me three prompts to press (only one of which I suspected might lead to a live person), but when I pressed any of them, the theater-robot hung up on me.
So, I called Michelle.
Completely unreliable transcript of call:
Michelle: Hello. (three syllables.)
Me: Why, pray tell, would I want to talk to your Grandmother?
Mi: (that's her abbreviation for here on out), (laughing) Because she's lots of fun.
Me: I've tried to call both theaters showing Hellboy and I can't get a live person on the phone. So, when you get to the theater, call me and then shove your phone through the little ticket slot so I can buy the tickets.
Mi: It's really no rush. We'll probably go see another movie next weekend.
Me: Well, the situation won't be any different next weekend. I still won't be able to buy the tickets online and I still won't be able to get a live person on the phone. This seems like the easiest way to deal with this.
Mi: OK, I'll call you again around 1:30. And you don't sound anything like I imagined you would. (I forget what she said she expected, but my voice is much deeper than she expected.)
There followed some more Babble, Babble, Babble, Laugh, Laugh, OK, "By...talk to you soon."
Update: I know some of you have this on a feed and already read the last paragraph, but I'm deleting it anyway, 'cause if might have come off as mean instead of just teasing the way I meant it.
Also, I'm an idiot. When I got back from the store, I left my phone under something in the other room, so I didn't hear it ringing when Michelle called from the theater...so they bought their own tickets...D'oh! We shall try this again next weekend.
Oh, and Janiece? Please update.