My Reputation Precedes Me… Again

Last Tuesday I was standing in a queue outside the Melkweg in Amsterdam, waiting to see Flight of the Conchords live on stage. I’d been looking forward it for weeks and had shown up early with friends to make sure that we got good seats. We were not the only ones that had had this idea either. There were a lot of people queuing. I knew there were more friends somewhere in the queue, as well as some coworkers and a fellow blogger that I had not yet met in person but was probably going to bump into.

After an hour of waiting in the queue, just 5 minutes before the doors were going to be opened I discovered that I had made a small error. This came to my attention as my friends began to look over their freshly internet printed tickets. I noticed that they each had two print outs. I on the other hand had only one print out. This seemed worth questioning.

“Why do you guys have two print outs?” I asked.

They looked at me and laughed, assuming that I was making some kind of joke. I wasn’t.

It turned out that in addition to being emailed our tickets we had also been emailed a membership pass for the Melkweg. Without realizing this I had only printed one of the two. Of course this was not a problem if I had only printed out my ticket and forgotten the membership pass. I could simply show my ticket to the doorman and pay the 3 Euros membership fee again. A small loss but at least I would still be able to see Flight of the Conchords. No problem.

However, if I had only printed out the membership pass and not the ticket I was in trouble. Guess which one I had not printed out.

I gasped. My friends gasped. Nearby people I didn’t even know gasped. There was only one thing for it. I had to get back to the office and print out my ticket, quickly.

I sprinted passed the entire queue, jumped on my bike, cycled like hell back to the office, ran past the security guard, dashed up the stairs, turned on my computer, waited, gave up waiting when it got stuck on configuring updates for too long, commandeered the computer of someone else who was working late, printed out my ticket, checked very carefully that it actually was my ticket, dashed back down the stairs, passed security, jumped on my bike, cycled as fast as I could back to the venue, locked up my bike, ran inside, showed my ticket, searched for my friends, found my friends, dropped down in to the seat they had saved me and tried to catch my breath. I was out of breath, sweating, red faced and looking like I had just ran from a crime scene. It was at this point that the girl sitting in the row in front of me asked, “Excuse me but are you Stuart?”

It was Alison from the blog A Flamingo in Utrecht. My reputation has preceded me once again.

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The concert was great. If you are not familiar with Flight of the Conchords they are a comedy band from New Zealand. Here are some of their songs: Jenny, Business Time, Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, Most beautiful Girl in the Room.

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In other news: My girlfriend has a guest post up at Greetings from Holland. Her own blog can be found here: Ladybird & Butterfly.

14 responses to “My Reputation Precedes Me… Again”

  1. VallyP says:

    You see, Stu, people only know you in crisis…or in ebriated….lol. Just as well you had turned up so early though. At least you had time to have your crisis and still get back to the theatre to be recognised ;-)

  2. Alison says:

    For what it’s worth, you looked cool as a cucumber. I on the other hand, felt like a sweaty mess the whole night after stupidly thinking that it would be a good idea to walk to the train station in Utrecht. In a normal world, it’s not that far a walk, but that evening, it turned much warmer and seemed much longer, and then the train was packed and I was stuck standing on the top of the steps to the second level with my head cocked to the side most the ride and then got squooshed waiting for people to get off one stop before Amsterdam Centraal.

    Even worse, I’m thinking that I probably had a pass that I could have printed out, but didn’t understand enough Dutch to realize! ;)

    Either way, it was a pleasure to finally meet you!

  3. Invader Stu says:

    VallyP – True. At least when I bumped into you I didn’t do anything too mad like fall into the water or something :p

    Alison – I thought you looked cool as a cucumber as well. One thing I was wondering. Did you already know I would be sitting there from my friends or was it just lucky chance that we were sitting so close?

  4. Alison says:

    Pure luck! I could have sat in the front row with some other people I knew, but figured since I would be taking photos, I didn’t want to be quite so obvious about it. ;) Second row was reserved, so I went with third row. I had seen you in line and wondered if it was you, but wasn’t really close enough to say anything. Then as I was looking for my friend, I saw you sit down and figured I might as well ask. For once, it turned out to be the right person! Usually when I’m looking for someone I haven’t met in person, I find the wrong person and end up embarrassing myself. ;)

  5. orangesplaash says:

    lol :) The last line had me in splits. Good that you got to see the show after all the hard work!

  6. melissa says:

    It seems like all the expat blogs I follow were at this show…would have loved it as well..I saw Alison’s pics on FB..looked fabulous!

  7. Anneke says:

    :D Maybe next time, you can send your reputation to get your ticket? :P

  8. Invader Stu says:

    Alison – I’ve done that myself as well :)

    orangesplaash – I was happy I got to see it myself as well.

    melissa – I think it was a bit of an expat blog convention

    Anneke – It would save me running around :D

  9. Michelle in NZ says:

    Such a very Jemaine and Brett thing to do! Do let them know, great material for the lads!

    Sending greetings from the lads’ hometown, Wellington, NZ. Thank you for the laughter, I love visiting your blog.

  10. Invader Stu says:

    That not a bad idea. They could use it in their professional talking section :p

    Thanks for the compliment.

  11. VallyP says:

    I NEED to see one of your shows…time..time..wish I could go without sleep! When are you doing one here in Rotters? Please, please remind me if you are coming closer to here!

  12. Invader_Stu says:

    I will. We need to go on tour sometime :)

  13. Just a Plane Ride Away says:

    Oh my word! I gasped myself when I read this. Glad you got to the concert on time. But why do computers insist on updating just when you need them to boot up FAST?!

  14. Invader Stu says:

    I know. It was like it knew I was in a hurry.

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