I got a free ticket to the opera on Friday.
My phone rang and I saw it was the boss of our division at work. She asked if I wad interested in a free ticket to the opera Friday night. Hell, yes! Australian Opera, Cosi fan Tutti, at the Opera House.
I had to meet her friend to collect ticket. It turned out her friend was flying in from Darwin, and then discovered flight was late. Finally reached Opera House at 6.50pm for 7.00pm start, and friend was still trying to get taxi from airport. (Sydney airport at that time on Friday is a zoo!)
I'm standing at the coat check counter, trying to check where the friend (that I don't know) was and the coat check lady came up and asked me if I was going to the opera. I said yes, but the friend hadn't arrived with the ticket. By this time it was about 7pm. She walked away and then came back with a ticket and said "Here, take this and run!"
It was a ticket for the circle. I raced up a myriad flights of stairs. Got to the door as they were closing as the overture started. Waited until the end of the overture to take my seat - in the middle of the row.
Absolutely brilliant seat - second row of circle, excellent view!
At interval, finally contacted friend, who said to stay put as her seat was nowhere near as good.
The performance was absolutely stunning. I had looked at going myself, but the tickets were far too expensive for me. Just a brilliant night - at only the cost of parking (in itself hideous!