Has Bob Herbert Heard About This?

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Ryan Cabrera performs at the 2004 Jingle Ball. Yeah, exactly. Photo: Getty Images

Z-100's Jingle Ball, the sort of McCotillion that sweeps into Madison Square Garden tomorrow night, filling it with teenagers, the poor fools who birthed them, and the Hummers that brought them, is not only a garish display of wealth and questionable taste in music. It is also a cautionary tale — one that shows just how love for her children can drive a respectable mother to hitting street corners for a score. Writes the Times:

Indeed, the acquisition of tickets is often treated as a mission, one that requires parents or relatives to pay prices befitting World Series seats. Last year, Ms. Levin's sister, Elizabeth Fischer, paid about $1,800 for four Jingle Ball tickets, a Hanukkah present for Ms. Levin's children, Hannah, then 14, and Jeremy, then 11.


First, Ms. Fischer asked American Express if the concierge service available to its platinum-card holders could find tickets for her. No dice. Then she attempted to acquire them through a corporate contact (yet another Jingle Ball ritual, practiced in many well-connected Midtown and Wall Street offices). Strike two. Finally, she said, she broke down and bought them on craigslist.

"I felt like it was this covert operation" Ms. Fischer said. "I had $2,000 in my pocket and was meeting this guy on a street corner."

Thank God the guy showed up. We have the feeling this woman was one step away from tricking Hannah out to close the deal.

They Are So Going to Jingle Ball This Year [NYT]