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Value of a Concert Ticket

"I suggest there has been a total loss of reality."
by Jim Fair | Source:

The Associated Press headline says it all: “Man Hangs On to Statue For 6 Days for ‘Hannah Montana’ Tickets.”

For those of you who are not blessed with a teenage (or pre-teen) girl in your home, Hannah Montana is the television persona of a young musical star on the Disney Channel. The premise of the show is that Hannah is a big star, but without her makeup and wig she is able to attend high school just like any other teenage girl and live a normal life.

Hannah Montana is played by Miley Cyrus, daughter of country music star/actor Billy Ray Cyrus (Achy Breaky Heart) – who also plays Hannah’s father on the show. Yes, there is a certain blurring of reality here.

But for the man who was hanging on the statue, I suggest there has been a total loss of reality.

Hannah Montana (or is it Miley Cyrus?) is on concert tour. And tickets are hard to get. In fact, the battle to get tickets reminds me of the introduction of Cabbage Patch dolls, or maybe the early live appearances of Barney the purple dinosaur.

In this particular instance, a Tampa radio station got tickets to the concert and had a contest to give them away. They put up a 12-foot statue of Hannah/Miley in the parking lot of the station and contestants had to keep a hand on the statue. Whoever lasted the longest got tickets to the show and some money.

The winner held on for six days. And lest you think he was near death by that time, contestants got a 12-minute break every three hours and were supplied with catered meals. I suppose it was the best conditions possible for hanging out in a parking lot for most of a week to get tickets to a concert. And the guy who won the contest was trying to win the tickets for his fiancé’s daughter.

I was trying to think of a reason why I might hang onto a statue for six days. I couldn’t think of anything short of getting to meet the Pope or Christ. But it wouldn’t be for tickets to a Disney musical creation.

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