I turn 50 in March. For the past few years I’ve been looking for a midlife crisis. I think I deserve one – a chance to do something foolish, stupid. Something you would not otherwise do.
It’s been a problem though. I could care less about cars so I don’t want a convertible. I could use plastic surgery I am sure, but not going there. No interest in jumping out of a plane or climbing a mountain. And sadly for my family, I have no interest in moving out and taking up a new life.
I am also fed up with stuff. I don’t want any more stuff. I want less stuff, not more. I want experiences. I want more time with the (few) people I actually care about.
And in a flash it came to me, just a month shy of my 50th – Yankees Season Tickets. I have always wanted them but never got serious about it. Now I am serious to the extent of having committed a 25% deposit do doing it.
Picking tickets has been a fun process. I have gotten limited assistance from the Yankees. I want to spend (a lot) less then the price of a convertible. That eliminated anything along 1st and 3rd base. I didn’t want to sit in the top tier at Yankee Stadium so that, and the fact that it was sold out, eliminated the 400 section.
I found some great seats in Section 206 that were appealing in my budget. I like the perspective you get from the outfield and preferred the 200 level to the 300 level, just for access to stadium stuff.
Then I made the mistake of asking my kids for their opinion. They were happy with 206. But then they found seats in section 136.
The seats of course were more expensive but not prohibitive. I was still way less then a convertible. I like the greater perspective you get from 206. But the seats in 136 were closer. The section was smaller. And they came with a padded seat! The seats also were in home run territory which is fun for batting practice. The Yanks kick people out of this section part way through batting practice so it will give us access throughout the session.
I am going to Yankee Stadium in a week to check out the seats and confirm everything.
I certainly have some concerns about how I’ll make sure we get value out of all the tickets. We’ll use as many as we can. I will use a bunch for work, probably well over half. But I know now I am set for opening day, Jeter’s last game, and at least a Red Sox game or two. That feels good.
One nice thing has been that planning this and thinking about it has provided a fun mental vacation that one can take in the midst of chaos! It has also been very funny talking about this and planning this out with my teenage boys. If they are thrilled, I will be too. It is also a great opportunity to get my Dad to the ballpark, to thank him for taking me to my first game at Veteran’s Stadium when I was about 6!
The best thing about this though should be the experience of going to the games with my family, or with people I’ll go with that I might otherwise be ignoring. It will be an experience.
Feels like a fitting midlife crisis. I guess it is really more of a midlife celebration anyway, right?