February 10, 2006

In most cases, I am suspicious of things that are free. They usually fall into the 'too good to be true' category. Or there are strings attached. Something is required before this magical free thing is presented, which to me, does not equal free.

So when the boyfriend called me up and said some woman had walked up to him and handed him two free tickets to Cirque du Soleil on Wednesday night, I was skeptical. SO skeptical that I checked online to see if I could find any information about Cirque ticket scams. I couldn't. When he picked me up, I looked at the tickets carefully. "It looks like one end of the ticket has already been torn off! Maybe they're used!" But they weren't. So we moseyed on up to the ticket guy, he scanned them, and we were in!

The seats were actually pretty good. A little bit off to the side, but the stage is in the center, so you can still see everything. Once we sat down, we figured out that we had comp tickets, and they probably go and give them out a couple hours before the show to fill up empty sections.

So we sat and watched Corteo unfold. There were girls swinging from chandeliers. There were trampolines. There were people twirling around in these giant silver rings. There was tightrope walking. There were midgets, twisted into pretzel shapes, and then people juggling the pretzel-midgets!

Okay, if you've ever seen Cirque du Soliel you know I'm exaggerating. A little.

Seriously though. That was only the first half! And I've probably forgotten some bits! We ended up leaving at intermission, because we had a long drive home, and an early morning on Thursday. And you know, we didn't actually PAY for the tickets. So I would say we definitely got our money's worth.

So what did I learn from this little free adventure? Those French-Canadians sure know how to put on a circus!



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