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Month: December 2016

Rogue One [Review]

Rogue One [Review]

So, first thing’s first. There will be spoilers in this post. If you have not seen Rogue One yet, I urge you to close this browser tab right now and go see it, and perhaps we can reconvene at a later date. For all the other Star Wars-obsessives who ended up watching it Thursday night (or decided to take a 3 day weekend and see it first thing on Friday like me), please join me after the Read More cut. Or if you don’t really care to see the movie but want to see one person’s opinions on it, you’re welcome after the read more as well. Whatever, we’re all friends here.

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Hamilton Non-Fail

Hamilton Non-Fail

After my failure at securing Hamilton tickets for the San Francisco run during the AmEx presale, I was determined to get my A-game on for the general ticket sale. I had two computers sitting on the SHN website, as well as my phone, so I could up my chances of getting a decent spot in the randomized queue.

Here’s how the virtual queue worked. Every single browser page fthat was on the SHN website was refreshed at 10am and placed in a random spot in the “line.” With 3 different browser pages going, I had one spot at around 46k (i.e. there were 46,000+ people waiting in front of me), one spot at 26k, and a final spot at around 12k.


I focused on the 12k spot and after 2 and a half hours of waiting, I got into the tickets page at around 12:30pm:

And I was not picky when it came to the tickets. I’m lucky enough to be able to consider a random Wednesday matinee performance and managed to snag 2 tickets for the musical in June.

I will be in the room where it happens, soon.

I’m impressed with how smoothly the actual ticketing process was. I was able to browse specific dates without the site crashing or slowing down, and I had no issues with payment, like I’d heard what happened during the AmEx presale. But there you have it. I’ve been obsessing over this dang thing since the cast recording was released 2 years ago, and it’s only going to be another 6 months before I get to see the dang thing live.

I can’t wait.

Hamilton Fail

Hamilton Fail


I’m a theater junkie.

It’s not as bad as it was in high school, when I would obsess over musicals from all eras, borrow classic Rogers & Hammerstein movies from the library, and once upon a time thought that West Side Story was the greatest thing I’d ever seen. (I was 14. Indulge me.) But, growing up in Hawai’i, it was really difficult to indulge in passions. I’d go to community theater productions when I could. I took part in the annual Spring Play, where our Drama teacher, Ms. Sandla (a tiny firecracker of a woman who always smelled of Chanel no. 5 and cigarettes) would try to wrangle around 30 high school students every year into something acceptable for “the thea-tah!”. We performed in a hall that had nothing in the way of acoustics, to an audience who had to sit in folding chairs and strain to hear our shouty words as we struggled to belt out something from King and I or do plays with cheap to no royalties, like The Man Who Came to Dinner or Arsenic and Old Lace.

But it was fun, dammit, and I felt in that theater community a sense of place I never really felt anywhere else except online with some fandoms.

So, y’know I’d be all over Hamilton.

It’s a given that this show is the hugest thing in existence. The vivacious blend of hip hop and history sparked a revolution. I started listening to the cast recording not long after it was released, and I haven’t really stopped since. It’s been two years since that moment, and now, finally, I could get a chance to see Hamilton live in San Francisco.

Or I would have if Monday’s American Express pre-sale went more in my favor, but it didn’t. I eagerly went to the designated website on the designated time, and was met with a virtual queue of 60,000+ people.


Every single person who lived within a reasonable distance of the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco seemed to have been trying for tickets that day, and I was one of the unlucky ones who didn’t get lucky at all. What made this all the more maddening was that I had no idea there’s be a virtual queue. I’m an SDCC veteran, dammit, I KNOW HOW TO GET PASSES TO IMPOSSIBLE THINGS.

Or I should, at least, have known that they would be using a virtual queue in the first place, so I should have gotten onto the website sooner than I actually did. I’ll try to get tickets during the general sale, and if that doesn’t work, I’m trying out for the lottery as often as I can. But for now, my dreams of seeing this most elusive of musicals are remaining dreams.

For now.