By Shelley L.
Allow me to begin with a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies – Dumb & Dumber (no idea how it didn’t make imdb top 100)
Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*
Optimism: not an attitude that is frequently exhibited amongst the women in our family. You would think after 25 years of being surrounded by them I would be a pessimist, but alas, I’m not.
I wake up expecting sunshine when I have plans for a picnic.
I drive to the front door of the shopping centre to score a car park.
And if the Sydney Harbour Bridge was still coin operated I would expect that I would get all the coins in the basket in one go. (Grandma- If you’re reading this……… Let’s just say thank god for E-tags)
Who knows why, maybe its a trait that was instilled in me at birth or maybe it developed over time and I’m just a glass half full kinda person! Whatever the reason, Lloyd Christmas from dumb and dumber reassured me that even if you’re a one in a million chance at something… You’re in with a chance!!
When Amanda emailed us to set her challenges to do before she turns 30, I threw her a challenge that is on my own lifetime bucket list. Court side tickets to Madison Square Garden. I think this would be a phenomenal experience- stuffing your face with an American ‘small’ popcorn that’s the size of your kitchen sink whilst sitting next to Jay-Z and Beyonce, soaking up the atmosphere and watching some of America’s finest (and tallest) athletes showcase their talents! The experience would be all time! I missed a crucial factor however when I set this challenge… I didn’t check the cost of the tickets…
$8000 each. Whoops.
But then again, who said “buy” yourself courtside tickets to a New York Knicks game in Madison Square Garden…. Certainly not me. And the optimist in me knows that there are ways around this!
Amanda is the first to tell you that she has won numerous things from competitions she has entered, a swanky new pram for her nephew… A sweet set of binoculars for her dad to whale watch with (well we think that’s what he does with them). The items just keep coming… And well the bottom line is- you’ve gotta be in it to win it! So now we are halfway to Amanda hitting the dirty 30s and still we are winless from the competitions, lottery tickets, pokie jackpots, Saturday afternoon quaddies and… (all of a sudden I’m realising I’m not an optimist but a gambler).
So this is how the Lloyd Christmas within me is looking at it for us:
We’ve still got 21 Saturday night oz lottos, 21 Tuesday night powerballs, 21 weeks worth of women’s day competitions to enter and 21 more weeks for her cousin to meet Chris Hemsworth and have him escort them to the game …
We’re still in with a chance!
It is NOT over til the fat lady sings – or in our case – until the skinny lady turns 30.
In 25 words or less explain how you would get court side tickets to Madison Square Garden.