So… pretty much any ticket you buy for anything has to be bought through Ticketmaster now, with “convenience fees” of about 25%. There’s no competition, usually no option of calling the box office to buy tickets directly, and often no option of GOING TO the box office to buy tickets directly.
Basically, Ticketmaster has a choke-hold on the market and gets their cut on everything.
It’s hard to imagine other fields where this would be even remotely legal.
How old would y’all say Gramma’s supposed to be? Because horrifyingly enough she can’t be a whole lot older than I am, and the things she says don’t reflect the world of my youth.
I think a lot of cartoonists (and other writers) have a fixed mental image of grandparents being of the same generation as their own grandparents, forgetting that time has passed: today’s grandparents came of age in the 1950s, 60s, or even 70s, not the 20s, 30s or 40s.
I was given my nephew’s new street address today, and I realized he’s too young to remember when that would have been accompanied by “and his new telephone number is…”
Am I the only person surprised to find out that Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Whitey Ford are all still with us rather than playing in the Field of Dreams?
Back in the day, it was common for people to walk around carrying modesty armadilloes.
As far as anybody knows, this is the oldest (surviving) photo of somebody “giving the finger.”
Why Charles Radbourne, standing at the far left in this team photo of the 1886 Boston Beaneaters (later the Braves), felt compelled to flip off the photographer is a matter lost to time.
Okay, so big boom and the neighborhood went dark. Once power was restored and my wife switch on her computer (Compaq PC) this afternoon, this was the screen and the computer isn’t responding to any keyboard commands. We rebooted several times, with and without various accessories attached.
Any suggestions other than “Well, the computer lived a long and full life”?
(In hindsight we should have unplugged it to eliminate any chance of a sudden power surge doing damage, but that’s not the sort of thing you think of when everything’s dark at 4am)
“Give Your Daughters Difficult Names” was spelled out in lights on the underside of the canopy covering the stairs leading up to Manhattan’s High Line. In other words, this took some serious work.
Nobody, though, was entirely sure what it meant (though it did serve as a conversation-starter among strangers, which if nothing else is a good thing).
I know there are a number of Israelis who visit here regularly, so perhaps somebody can provide some answers.
Saw The Band’s Visit yesterday (which takes place in Israel). Granted, my Hebrew education ended fifty years ago (almost to the day), so I know this will seem presumptuous, but a sign referring to cellphones as פלאפונים just looked very wrong to me (and when I got home, I couldn’t find any such translation).
And continuing my pickiness, one of the songs referenced “like a deer in the headlights.” Is this really a phrase in Israel? Do they have deer in Israel? Honestly that question had never occurred to me before yesterday — but even if they do, “deer in the headlights” just seemed awfully American.
(spoiler: the score was written by an American)