Isn't it great when someone surprises you with something nice? Shana, of So Not Zen, mentioned it here, and maybe it's something in the air because it seems to be going around.
On Saturday, we went to see Jimmy Buffet at the Waikiki Shell. Long story short, we need to work on our planning. The concert started at 7:00. When we were still driving around looking for parking at 7:45, we were getting a little frustrated. To be fair, I have never been to anything that has started on time in Hawaii, so I thought we had until at least 7:15 if not 7:30 before he would actually take the stage. Turns out, Jimmy Buffet is one on-time performer, at least he was Saturday night.
We finally decided to park in one of our standard, go-to parking spots about 1.2 miles from the Shell. We started walking, not quite realizing how far away we were but finally decided it would be quicker to grab a cab. We hailed a cab, and he came to a screeching halt in the middle of the road (I think we both thought the cab in front of him was going to stop for us, so when it didn't he had already passed by us. Luckily, the road was fairly empty.) We jumped in and said we were going to the Shell, and he was ON A MISSION. He started sifting through radio channels, trying to find us some appropriate Shell music. We assured him that wasn't necessary, but he insisted we needed something to set the mood. He finally settled on some music that soon turned out to be the local Christian station, not exactly Jimmy Buffet at the Shell, but that's all right. He was focused on driving at that point. He got us to the auditorium, and the meter read $5.something. My husband tried to hand over a $10 bill, but he waved it off and told us not to worry about it. We just wanted us to go and have a good time.
His timing could not have been better. We were all stressed out and a bit harumphy from missing the first half of the concert, so this was a perfect re-set. So, thank you, friendly cab man, whoever you are!
P.S. If anybody found a thin blue jacket/pull-over/fleecy thing in a cab around Waikiki on Saturday night, we'd really like to get it back. While we really appreciate the intention of the free cab ride, we are a little bummed by the actual $40 cost of it.