For you see, the success of Pollstar Premium means more to us than just offsetting the cost of bringing you free tour info for great bands like Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones and The Breeders. It means prestige, pride and that satisfaction of a job well done. Of course, we’d be lying if we said the extra cash didn’t make a difference here at headquarters. But all money aside, Pollstar Premium means more than just more black ink on the balance sheet. It puts food on our tables, gas in our cars, and the finest latex products in our pockets.

It also means we don’t have to sack the 591 programmers that dedicated the last 12 years of their lives working on Pollstar Premium. The typical user, while browsing the latest dates for Insane Clown Posse or the latest cancellations for Guns N’ Roses, had no idea there were hundreds of programmers enduring endless nights of parsing code, hacking HTML, coding punch cards and having to make do with used latex so that we could bring you a premium tour date service never before seen by the eyes of man. Or most women, for that matter.

But Pollstar Premium means more than keeping our programmers gainfully employed. Because, when our programmers get paid, it’s only a matter of time before that cash in their pockets circulates amidst the finer business establishments in Fresno, resulting in the happy bartenders, joyful bookies and smiling latex retailers that form the economic backbone of this fine city. Yes, we speak for them as well as ourselves when we say, “Thank you, Pollstar Premium users. Thank you!”

So pat your self on the back, you generous Pollstar Premium person, you. Not only did you have faith in us, but you shared our dream that free info for tours like Papa Roach and Pearl Jam was worth a few extra bucks for a plethora of bells and whistles. Yes, for less than you would spend on a sixer of Zima and a pack of generic smokes, you get forums, additional auto-notifies and a marketplace to sell your stuff, while we get all the latex we could ever dream of. If only life was this simple.

And we have a message for all of those nay sayers who were talking trash, claiming that Pollstar Premium was just another source of income so that we could throw a huge Christmas party fueled with cheap booze and even cheaper latex. Believe us, we wouldn’t think of doing such a thing.

Besides, Christmas parties usually take place before December 25th. Our party is going all the way to New Year’s. New Year’s Eve 2005, that is. After all, when you suddenly have as much latex as we do, the sky’s the limit!