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Double Booked - Now What?

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TurtleDove:
Yesterday, I was offered fantastic seats for an NFL game "on Sunday."  I immediately accepted, excited to go to my first NFL game and have sweet seats to boot!

Later in the afternoon, my running partner asked me to run a 10K with her Dec. 9 to support a religion that is not my own.  I felt a bit odd about it, but told her I would and signed up. 

This morning, the NFL tickets were delivered to me and it turns out they are not for this Sunday but rather for Dec. 9, at the exact same time as my race.

Here's the thing: I really want to go to the game.  The cost of the tickets (which were free to me) is about 10 times the cost of the race, so forfeiting the money is not the issue.  I am trying to figure out how to back out of the race, if I can.  It's a problem of I did not realize I was already committed to the game on Dec. 9 when I signed up for the race on Dec. 9.

Advice on how to explain this to my running partner? 

bloo:
"I am so sorry, RP, but when I committed to running the 10K with you I got the dates mixed up and already committed to a game."

Leave the religion or your preference for the game or even the cost of the tickets out of it. You committed to the game first - you're in the clear.

Just a sweet apology and a promise to hit the next race with her! Have fun!

Just a thought: is this the type of friend that will be so disappointed that she starts asking for details of prices and dates to find out if there's a way for you to do both (or to see how important she is in comparison to a game)?

I would just expect to do a "Sorry, can't make it; didn't realize I double-booked myself. Gonna have to eat my entry fee but I know it's going to a cause that's important to you. I promise to hit the next race with you!" as soon as possible.

TurtleDove:
Thanks, bloo - I like your phrasing.

She's a great person who wouldn't normally get bent out of shape over much of anything.  But her BF broke up with her this morning so I don't want to be all, "yeah, I'm going to make your day even worse" right now.  :(

WillyNilly:
I'd tell her the truth (leaving out the "free" part of the tickets) "omigosh Anne, I'm so sorry!  Turns out I can't do the run on the 9th.  I got a great deal on some NFL tickets that I knew were on a Sunday but I didn't realize were on December 9 Sunday.  I'm so sorry but I actually already got the tickets and am committed to going." Then I'd offer "but please, let me donate in your name - what's your link?" and put down some money for her cause.

hobish:

--- Quote from: WillyNilly on November 20, 2012, 04:19:13 PM ---I'd tell her the truth (leaving out the "free" part of the tickets) "omigosh Anne, I'm so sorry!  Turns out I can't do the run on the 9th.  I got a great deal on some NFL tickets that I knew were on a Sunday but I didn't realize were on December 9 Sunday.  I'm so sorry but I actually already got the tickets and am committed to going." Then I'd offer "but please, let me donate in your name - what's your link?" and put down some money for her cause.

--- End quote ---

This, or i would leave out the game altogether. Obviously you know your friend and would have an idea where she stands on football. I never knew until being on here how polarizing it can be. You would know if she would be upset at being turned down for just a game better than we would.

Have fun!

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