I can't use Bill, ever since 'League Of Gentlemen' Dave is my genericized name for all humans….
Dammit, Dave it's been a week of dopeyness and frustration. On the dopey front I crossed some wires on a rescheduled appointment at my local workshop joint. They'd pinged me to let me know that the time I had scheduled to use a fancy machine was being canceled because of some fancy corporate client's event didn't book for enough time earlier in the day), I had multiple appointments on that machine this week and I canceled the wrong one. So after staying up crazy late to finalize some design work and then rushing around for half the day to buy materials and get things loaded in at the workshop, I realized my blunder. D'oh! Yeah, felt like a total bonehead to then have to spend 20 minutes reloading the van with all the stuff I'd just unloaded.
On the frustrational side, I'd have been pulling my hair out over some software nonsense if I wasn't already shaving my head… I signed on to a subscription program last month for some creative pro apps I use and had to jump through some hoops with getting the account set up - I'd chalked it up to glitches with their store handling subscription model stuff (which is pretty new for the company) or some such nonsense. That was a month ago, and once settled everything has been great. It's been a month, you'd think they'd have gotten that sorted out. My gf finally decided she was ready to take the plunge on her stuff (she's pretty tech savvy, but I serve as our studio's IT guy). And of course, same fucking problem in setting the account. Their system doesn't know how to parse our address (despite us having lived here for many years), and will neither process the subscription nor record a pending order. Pisses me off to no end (dammit, Dave!), I like just having all the tech stuff sorted out so that her experience is seamless. All the new stuff still worked (it has a 30 day trial thing), but I was still annoyed. Credit where it's due though, their support staff were on the case and within a day and a half they finally got the back-end stuff sorted out and I got her account set up and all the apps and upgrades in place on all her machines.
And Dammit Dave, hasn't there been enough ticket drama in my life this year? Seriously? I was given a serious reminder of just how fucked up the world of event ticketing has become in the last few years, and just how shitty scalpers have made things. Our favorite band is doing a short run tour in Europe this fall, we're on the fan club lists and eligible for pre-sales and whatnot. No luck in the drawing for the super advanced presale for either of us. During the presale I was able to get through for the two London shows we were interested in, but they were meh-tastic seats. Figured that maybe they were only offering a smallish number to the community in the pre-sale, and maybe I'd have luck with getting floor/GA tix for one of the shows in the main sale. Oh fuck no. Because of the time zone shift this was all going down at 1-2am my time, but despite being awake and having a better internet connection than anyone in the UK, the floor/standing tix vaporized in nanoseconds. Talking with other members of that community, not only did those two shows vaporize in no time, but so did every date. They sold out all floor tix on an entire european tour in under 60 seconds. And of course, the ticket touts were advertising floor tix for double to triple the price within an hour. Dammit, Dave!