Below are two photographs (from 1950 & 1957) of people waiting in line outside the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco to buy tickets- in these photos the shows are My Fair Lady and South Pacific. The next time I think about how high and ridiculous service fee charges are for buying tickets online or over the phone, I think I'll just keep it to myself and be happy that in some ways modern life is pretty damn easy. Few things annoy me more than having to wait in a line with hundreds of other people without a single lemonade vendor in sight.

By the way Mr. Gockley, that canopy is really in tune with your glamorous vision of San Francisco Opera- why haven't you brought it back?