A Long Shot for Bruce Springsteen and My Dying Brother

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

Usually I am excellent at buying concert tickets online. I know all the little tricks to scoring tickets, and often manage to buy front row seats. It's just in my nature to do it. When my sister mentioned Bruce Springsteen was coming to St. Paul and that my brother (who is dying from cancer and not expected to live much more than a few months) would like to see The Boss, I thought, hey, that's something I could for him.

He is not a materialistic person. He lives in the same little 2 bedroom house that he bought 40 years ago when he got married. Still married to the same woman. His shoes have lost tread, but he doesn't replace them. His leather jacket is worn in places but it still keeps him warm so he wears it, although it hangs very loosely on his frail body. You can read more about my futile effort in my personal blog today at this link: My Dying Brother's Wish is to See Bruce Springsteen in St. Paul.

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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Elizabeth, when I read ... and my dying brother ... I said outloud ... "Oh No." I've known about your bother's battle with cancer. I always hold hope for people battling cancer .... that they will beat it.  I am so sorry to hear that may not be the case with your brother.

Dec 12, 2015 04:01 AM #1
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Elizabeth ... maybe it was devine intervention .... You certainly did all that you could ... the best that you could. 

Dec 12, 2015 04:03 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon Elizabeth,

Sorry to hear about your Brother and will add him to my prayer list.

He will be here in February and probably cheaper.

Make yourself a great day.

Dec 12, 2015 04:39 AM #3
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Bummer that you weren't able to buy the tickets for him.  I might still try to contact someone if it were me.  

Dec 12, 2015 08:02 AM #4
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Maybe send a Tweet with a link to your blog to @springsteen on Twitter.  Yes, it is a long shot, but you never know.

Dec 12, 2015 08:55 AM #5
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Elizabeth: Glad to hear you were able to get that ticket for your brother. With his health, I'm sure the Springsteen Concert is a bright something to look forward to. You are a wonderful caring sister!!

Dec 12, 2015 09:01 AM #6
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Seeing these type of posts are always tough even when not to be.  Best for you in what will undoubtedly be a few rough months.  Mark

Dec 12, 2015 10:17 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am glad you prevailed in getting tickets for your brother, Elizabeth!  And, I'm so very sorry about his health issues!  A Springsteen concert would be a pretty good thing to be able to mark off a bucket list!

Dec 12, 2015 11:51 AM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Elizabeth. One thing I learned from your post, when you put your mind to something, I wouldn't put a tank in front of you.

Our prayers for your brother.

Dec 12, 2015 07:19 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Elizabeth.  Persistent aren't you?  Well it paid off and I'm happy to hear you were able to get those prized tickets.  

Dec 12, 2015 07:22 PM #10
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Elizabeth.  I knew that you would get the tickets.  There is no quit in you.

Dec 12, 2015 09:08 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Elizabeth.  Glad to read that you managed to get tickets for your brother.  I'm sure he will love it.

Dec 12, 2015 09:15 PM #12
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I was feeling pretty smart for having figured out how to include the @Twitter name of the pop media reporter for the St. Paul Dispatch who had just written about getting tickets for Springsteen, and for figuring out the hashtag to draw others interested in the topic, and for getting a short url for my blog post, all things I had not done before in one Tweet, as I do not spend much time on Twitter, but I tell ya, all of that feeling of accomplishment began to vanish when I got to Ticketmaster.

I was doing it on my iPad at Lava Lava on the Beach. It did not want to accept my finger selections, and I had to poke it repeatedly. Then it took 10 whole minutes to bring up wheelchair accessability tickets. The tickets I got are right along the stage with limited view but what the hey.

But before it would give them to me it wanted my password for my account, which it would not accept as somehow they changed the format and I never changed my password. When I went to my email account to retrieve the temporary password, I ran out of time to get the tickets and had to start over.

Whew, another 10 minutes went by. Same tix still available. Snagged them. Entered my temporary password and then it wanted to confirm my credit card. I entered the card number and it said no, it did not recognize it and it would now wipe out all of my data and start over.


I did it again, waited another 10 minutes. My lunch was being consumed in small bites between this madness. I got ready to pay for the tickets and BAM, I lost my cellphone coverage for my iPad, temporarily dropped.

Called my husband and asked him to buy the tickets for me but he was driving.

Finally scurried back to my hotel, fired up my laptop and bought them. I still don't know if I can use them though because I can't print them. They say there is a delay in printing and I need to look at the website to figure it out but I can't find anything about why there is a delay in issuing the tickets.

In any case, the show isn't until the end of Feb. I've got time to deal with more frustration, so it's OK.

Dec 13, 2015 01:36 AM #13
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm glad that you were relentless in getting those tickets for your brother.  With something like that to look forward to, he will definitely make sure he is not only alive, but well enough to enjoy the show...not on his deathbed.

Dec 13, 2015 08:02 AM #14
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