Tuesday, 26 June 2012
So, when I found out that the Olympics were coming to London in 2012, I wanted to make sure that my wife got to experience a little of the magic that I did back in 1996. Plus, I wanted another Olympic badge for my cap!
Now I knew I was working with limited time this summer because of various trips, but when the Olympics tickets went up for sale, I was poised. I requested tickets for four events over two days. Despite asking for tickets for less popular sports such as team handball and badminton, I was allocated exactly nothing. I must admit, I was a bit devastated. I still can’t understand the system of distribution that resulted in me, and so many others, not getting any tickets at all.
So, I waited for the second round of ticket distribution, which was on a first-come, first-serve basis. On that morning, when I got up early to be ready to pounce, my computer flipped out. It took me a couple of hours to sort it out, and by then, all the decent tickets on the days I could attend were gone. Again, I was hurt.
Then, a lifeline. I discovered that you could buy Olympics tickets as part of a ‘package holiday’ with Thomas Cooke; they even had one day packages. I’d have to buy a hotel room and badly overpay for the tickets, but it was possible. So, deciding that the money was worth the experience, I went for it. I could only afford one event, but I knew it would be enough.
I asked for an afternoon session of Women’s basketball, and I got it. Yesterday, I went to Thomas Cooke and picked up my tickets! Basketball is right in the Olympic park, so not only am I getting two basketball games, but I'm also going to get the full Olympic experience.
I'm not afraid to admit it. I'm a little bit excited!