I’m planning a meandering journey in a couple of weeks, a little more than a week with not much in the way of major stops, via a different route than I might usually take. Less direct, for sure. Not quite William Least Heat Moon. But not quite Kerouac, either.
I'm still deciding. You can get lost on the Internet planning a trip, you know.
But one thing i'm going to do, which I've wanted to do for a long time, is see a spring training game.
The Cardinals (my team) play the Red Sox at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., early next month. It's the game that fits my schedule, the end point of my trip.
But by the time I went online to buy tickets, all that was left was standing-room.
Ticket ordered, I needed to pick a delivery option.
The game is in two weeks. For more than the price of the ticket, I could have it overnighted to me.
I'd really like the ticket to be held at the stadium. But oddly, I can only use “will call” if I’m from another country.
Or, I could print my own ticket, bar code and all, on my home printer.
Ok, I’ll do that.
(Not worried about losing the ticket. Much.)
With all the extra charges, my $16 ticket costs me $24.35.
The portion that rankles is the extra $1.75 - for me to print my ticket.
It's not that long ago that I'd have had to pay for a long-distance call to Florida to do this. And that probably would have cost more than a buck-seventy-five.
But really, I don't like these extra charges for buying a ticket online -- which saves the seller money by requiring less staffing. If you have to charge me for that, hide it in the ticket price. I'll be blissful in my ignorance. When Newegg or Amazon ships something for free (or, heck, when I ship something for free on eBay), the cost of that shipment is figured into the total price.
Ah, well, I’m sure nothing else is priced that low at Roger Dean Stadium.
Including Albert Pujols.
Now all I have to do is decide what to pack.
At least I won't have to pay extra for baggage. I'm driving.