Garth Brooks superfan Debra Willey finally got to see you in Houston, TX, after several attempts and several thousand dollars — a shoutout maybe to her?
Garth Brooks: Here’s a superfan intent on seeing you at all cost.
I had a three-day Democracy conference hosted by Bridge Alliance in Upstate New York at the Omega Institute. My daughter laughed because it took “planes, trains, and automobiles” to get there. It was an enlightening visit to a very rustic part of the state as we ate vegetarian breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We had many leaders and activists from the Left, Right, Conservative, Liberal, Progressive, and Independent ideologies. And guess what? Even with tough conversations and plans, we made getting along imperative. If we could do it, then the country can as well.
But I digress. This piece isn’t the story about our politics today. It is just a human story of a woman who wanted to see one of her musical idols.
Debra Willey’s first attempt to see Garth Brooks cost her several thousand dollars. After an eight-hour trip from Baltimore to North Carolina, her brother got sick and could not use the tickets. It was a complete loss of thousands of dollars.
Debra then bought tickets to Houston. After spending additional thousands of dollars for fifth-from-the-stage seats, UPS lost her tickets. Willey would not let that deter her. She purchased another set of tickets for the Houston concert. The seats were not as good as the previous ones were, but on the floor close to the state nonetheless. But so far, she is out several more thousand dollars.
Debra Willey’s spirit was still up. She was excited to see Garth Brooks at all costs, and her wish on both accounts occurred. She said she was ready with her cowboy boots and cowboy hat.
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