This picture clearly suggests that to purchase your Olympic tickets, you just walk up to a cute little booth, pay Mukmuk, and walk home with your wonderful purchase.
In October 2008, you apply for tickets. You apply on the first day of a 5 week period. You wait and wait. In December you find out that you got some of the tickets you wanted, and your VISA is charged, and you pay it off, and you rejoice. Then you wait.
In June 2009, you try to buy more tickets when Round 2 begins, and you miss out. In November 2009, you try to buy that oh so coveted ticket to the Opening Ceremony, and the sale is postponed by a week, so you wait. Then, by some miracle, you DO buy that ticket a week later. Then you wait.
On December 23, you get an email that your tickets will arrive on the 30th. You sit at home all day not getting your hair cut, or going to pick up your paycheck. Then, at the end of the day, when you still don't have your tickets, you call and say "what the hell, dude?" to a woman named Flo. She says they were put on the wrong truck, and that her company if full of morons [she may not have said that part]. But she is helpful, and says you can go pick them up. So you run to the bus and take it to the end of the line at Hawthorne. You've got about 15 minutes to get yourself to Purolator, pick up the package, and get back to the bus, or you'll be waiting a long time for the next one, in the cold, with no bus shelter. Much running ensues. Its cold. But you get the envelope. Then you run back, and just make it. OC Transpo travel planner suggests that this would have taken about 35 minutes. Well we did it in 15, so take that.
Even though there was almost 15 months of waiting, this story ends very, very happily.
Since my ticket to the Opening Ceremony was purchased a year later, it will be shipped at a later date. Hopefully I wont have to go through all this again. But I will if needed, because it is oh so very worth it. I've been waiting 7 years for the Olympics to start. I only have to wait 43 more. [and in two months, you'll get to stop hearing me talk about them].