2: one is a procrastinator, even with tasks with no real reason to be put off
3: nonetheless, one's expectation that tickets would be available even up until showtime had a reasonable precedential basis
4: out of an abundance of caution, one purchases the tickets in advance
5: one is told: "you're lucky, those are the last two."
don't i know it.
how many times in my life have i been told that? too many, almost just enough.