Cirque du Soleil giveaway and discount offer. Woo!

UPDATE: Random number generator selected comment #65. The winner has been notified via email.



It’s been some years since I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil perform, but I still remember so distinctly my thoughts during the show:







Seriously, how do they bend like that? Hold that pose while hoisting five other men? Throw that? Balance that? Do that? Become that?

There always comes a point in a Cirque du Soleil show that I decide this is the year I get me a six-pack of abs and maybe the ability to spin a hula hoop on my pinky finger while somersaulting the hell out of some somersaults. Then the lights come up and I go, “That was awesome. Also, I could go for some carrot cake.”

This year, Cirque du Soleil is coming back to Pittsburgh and when they invited me to the media preview I said of course I want to go, but I need two tickets to give to my readers too because I LOVE THOSE GUYS.

So, if you’d like the chance to win two tickets to the May 17 showing of Cirque du Soleil, wish granted.

What: Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s new touring show TOTEM, describes as thus:

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

When: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m.

Where: In the Strip District under the Grand Chapiteau at 20th and A.V.R.R.

Value: $130.00

How to enter: Leave a comment in the comments section, one comment per valid email address and so you have something to tell me, tell me what’s the one physical ability you wish you excelled at or at the very least, were capable of doing without looking like a pregnant three-legged rhino.

Springboard diving?

Salsa dancing?

Plate spinning?


Tight rope walking?

Me? Even though I’ve never successfully executed a cartwheel in my life, I think I’d like to be a trapeze artist. Flying through the air like that, waiting for someone to catch you on the other side? What a rush.

Tell me yours. If your comment goes to spam, punch your keyboard so hard the E key stops working.

No, don’t do that. You know the drill. I’ll fish ’em out and repost them for you.

You have until noon on Thursday, April 28 to get your comment in at which time will pick the winning comment number.

If you don’t win, BONUS!

Ticket discount offer: If you’re in the market to buy tickets, which by the way, heck of a Mother’s Day present idea, you can click here for their Mother’s Day offer for Pittsburgh.

Celebrate Mom with a thrilling Cirque du Soleil experience! Treat your mother to a memorable Cirque du Soleil experience by taking advantage of our special offers on show tickets—bring your family of four to a show for only $131!

Maybe I’ll see you there.

I’ll be the chick with carrot cake icing on her lips and a burning desire to do a cartwheel in her heart.


  1. facie
    April 26, 2011 6:29 pm

    Cartwheel. Never could. Always wanted to.

  2. Brian T.
    April 26, 2011 6:30 pm

    I always wanted to be a ping-pong champion!

  3. stephanie
    April 26, 2011 6:31 pm

    i wish i could dance. i’m horrible!

  4. Drea
    April 26, 2011 6:35 pm

    I just wish I could do a freaking pull up!

  5. steeler_tom
    April 26, 2011 6:38 pm

    Hmmmm If I could wish for a skill, I guess I’d have to ask for having hand – eye coordination and balance… I can’t walk & chew gum….. sigh

  6. Mary
    April 26, 2011 6:39 pm

    I want to be able to complete the Dirty Dozen — a bike race up the the 13 steepest hills in Pittsburgh.

  7. matt
    April 26, 2011 6:41 pm

    I want to see Ginny do her interpretation of a cartwheel.

  8. Heather
    April 26, 2011 6:42 pm

    I would love to have a third arm to help juggle life with a 6 month old. I might look funny, but I don’t care. I’ll just have it removed in a couple years.

  9. Dee Dee
    April 26, 2011 6:45 pm

    I want to be a contortionist. I get myself in my fair share of predicaments and that talent might come in handy.

  10. beaner
    April 26, 2011 6:46 pm

    Back handsprings baby…like 10 in a row. :)

  11. henry
    April 26, 2011 6:51 pm

    once again , buddies for life

  12. Joshua
    April 26, 2011 6:54 pm

    My wife would love this!

  13. barbian1
    April 26, 2011 6:59 pm

    I wanna dance!! Seriously, I would love to be able to dance well enough to do it on stage.

  14. Paul Myers
    April 26, 2011 7:15 pm

    I wish I could dunk a basketball

  15. John
    April 26, 2011 7:22 pm

    Dance, would def make my wife happy!

  16. Mel
    April 26, 2011 7:27 pm

    I wish I could ice skate – always wanted to but I’m awful at it! I want to be able to do all the cool stuff!

  17. PittPygmy
    April 26, 2011 7:40 pm

    I would LOVE to be able to do any type of gymnastics. I’ve never executed a successful cartwheel in my 28 years on this earth, and the gymnastics unit of my 8th grade gym class was my own personal hell. It didn’t help that while we girls flailed all over a balance beam, the boys got to play floor hockey, which is what I REALLY wanted to be doing.

  18. Jenn
    April 26, 2011 7:42 pm

    I wish I could be a good runner. I’m pretty sure I don’t know how to breath and run at the same time.

  19. Marci
    April 26, 2011 8:02 pm

    I took gymnastic lessons for a few years. Sadly, when, as a girl, you hit almost 6′ tall at 12 – your career is pretty much over. My cousins however, were excellent gymnasts. One day I was practicing my sad little cartwheels in the back yard when my cousin came down the other side, backflipping the whole way. So thats it, just this once, a backflip!

  20. Lauren
    April 26, 2011 8:27 pm

    I’d love to be an Olympic gymnast, or have the tap-dancing ability of the late, great Gregory Hines!

  21. Virginia Hendricks
    April 26, 2011 8:28 pm

    What an awesome giveaway! :)

    I wish I could play basketball. At 5’1″, it was NOT a pretty site!

  22. Jes
    April 26, 2011 8:28 pm

    I want to be able to walk down a flight of steps without tripping over myself…

  23. Kris
    April 26, 2011 8:40 pm

    I am working towards being able to hold wheel pose in yoga…right now I heave myself up into the position and can stay in it for only a few seconds. I would also like to properly learn to hula dance.

  24. Moxie Bestos
    April 26, 2011 8:41 pm

    Push ups.

  25. Debbie
    April 26, 2011 8:45 pm

    While at the circus recently with my twin grandsons, watching the performers climb up what looks like a ribbon, just wrapping it around and around, one of them pointed at me and then at the stage. Told him Grandma can’t do that.

  26. Diana
    April 26, 2011 8:49 pm

    Remember Tae Bo? That’s my choice.

  27. Tiffany
    April 26, 2011 8:52 pm

    Oh my mom loves Cirque shows!!!

    If I could have any physical ability, it would be dancing! Thus, why I have signed up through a PG deal with my fiance for an Arthur Murray dance lessons!

  28. Mark
    April 26, 2011 8:57 pm

    Dance. I have rhythm but it doesn’t seem to manifest itself when I dance!

  29. Joy
    April 26, 2011 8:59 pm

    I’ve always wanted to be able to do a backbend. It looked so easy but even in gymnastics as a kid I couldn’t do it. Maybe one day….

  30. Jessica Marie
    April 26, 2011 9:01 pm

    I wish I could be a gymnast…or a ballerina. And why not both?

  31. Jill Czajkowski
    April 26, 2011 9:08 pm

    I want to be able to move like those PGH Power Sparxx girls. Love your Arts Festival comment.

  32. Brian
    April 26, 2011 9:11 pm

    I wish I could do awesome flips and stuff on a trampoline… but i’m sure I’d break something if I tried.

  33. Jenn H.
    April 26, 2011 9:13 pm

    This would be awesome!!!! :)

  34. RJR
    April 26, 2011 9:16 pm

    I want to be able to move with grace, not be a clumsy oaf….

  35. Amanda
    April 26, 2011 9:21 pm

    Love the location of this show!

  36. Amy
    April 26, 2011 9:24 pm

    I wish I could run.. I don’t run like Phoebe from Friends but I look like I’m running in water.

  37. Luke
    April 26, 2011 9:27 pm

    wish i could do a cartwheel that my wife wouldn’t make fun of.

  38. Amy
    April 26, 2011 9:38 pm

    I used to care about how I looked when I danced. I’m too old for that now. :) I do wish I could tightrope walk. Anybody see Man On A Wire?

  39. Lindsay
    April 26, 2011 9:44 pm

    I would love to be one of those people who ride a motorcycle in the ball thingy…or stand in it while people do…

  40. Melissa
    April 26, 2011 9:54 pm

    I wish I could double dutch jump rope! I’m too uncoordinated.

  41. ErinPatricia
    April 26, 2011 9:57 pm

    I have no dancing ability at all and am hugely embarsassed when I have to do it.

  42. Michele
    April 26, 2011 9:59 pm

    I’ve always wanted to be able to climb that damn rope in high school gym class. Gravity is not my friend.

  43. Lesley
    April 26, 2011 10:09 pm

    Cartwheels, backflips… I have a terrible sense of balance and always wished I could do those things!

  44. Emily
    April 26, 2011 10:10 pm

    I’d love to be able to dance well – salsa, swing, anything complicated. I can follow a beat but I have no grace or coordination. And I too have never been able to do a cartwheel!

  45. Ann
    April 26, 2011 10:14 pm


  46. Alethea
    April 26, 2011 10:16 pm

    I do yoga & even enjoy it. I just wish I could do it well & not look like a fatty reaching for a cookie I dropped at an awkward angle!

  47. Katy
    April 26, 2011 10:16 pm

    Dancing…I’m living proof that white girls can’t dance.

  48. NoChasingIguanas
    April 26, 2011 11:10 pm

    I always wish I hadn’t chickened out on learning to do a horizontal toss when I was in colourguard. Flag falling towards you while it’s spinning above you sounds like a great way to crack yourself upside the head.

  49. HeatherB
    April 26, 2011 11:10 pm

    I would love to be able to do the pommel horse super fast.

  50. ShannonSharpe
    April 26, 2011 11:11 pm

    I agree with the cartwheel, or a summersault for that matter!