Most of us know what it's like to score Lottery tickets. Some of us even remember the feeling of scoring Phish Tickets By Mail (PTBM) after you decorated your envelope and had the request carefully prepared and mailed out. Getting your tickets back in the mail is always a good feeling. Then, there's the feeling of anticipation when driving to the show, and of course the feeling you get right when the lights go down.
Perhaps more heartbreaking than getting shut out, is sitting one out. Whatever the reason, you know you can't go. There have been countless shows where this has applied to me. However, this is the first time in my years of being a fan that I will ever have to sit out a run knowing that almost every friend I know will be there. It's truly a bittersweet feeling knowing that I will not be there to share in the fun, but I wish the best shows possible for those folks. I know everyone going is deserving of a good time. Enjoy those Charleston shows, folks...they are bound to get down.
This year I will watch Fall Tour unfold from the couch and hope there's a Holiday Run announcement. Though, that is beginning to look less likely.
Even so, I have a lot in 2010 to be thankful for.