I am tired, but happy.
Today I went to Universal Studios here in Florida with two of my friends, Jordan and Dave. And here's another really nice thing--I didn't get in on my dime. I didn't get in on anybody's dime.
And no, I didn't sneak in either. Like I could sleep at night if I did.
As previously mentioned, I met my brother Josh at the Universal City Walk this past Tuesday night for a late dinner. We enjoyed shrimp from Bubba Gump Shrimp and particularly connected with the waiter. So much so that he offered to drop off four passes to the park for me at the theater.
Well great. Not intrusive since it didn't involve me giving him any personal information or even seeing him again. It was a win-win situation.
But still, I took his promise with a grain of salt. Which is to say, I didn't actually invite anybody to go with me until I saw the tickets. Not trying to be cynical, just being practical.
To my delight, the waiter did indeed drop off the passes. Wow. Kindness from strangers never ceases to impress upon me the challenge to pay it forward. As often as I can. And with that, we were off to the park this morning.
And oh my goodness, it was a blast. Serious fun, people. The mummy ride was awesome. Spidey saved my life. The hulk gave me quite a scare with all the loops and spins and twists and turns. Oh, and the Jurassic Park ride was fun...until our boat took an unexpected turn into the Carnivore Paddocks.
The same Carnivore Paddocks that, while waiting to board our boat, we had been guaranteed
we would not traverse. We knew right away that something wasn't right. We did get a little wet escaping from the dinos, but since we weren't eaten and were alive we didn't mind so much.
And that's how we acted through the whole park. We took it very seriously and cracked each other up in the meantime. We were maybe the biggest kids there. I love going to amusement parks with people bent on a good time; in my experience, when you expect something good, that is generally what happens.
So thanks to Dave the Waiter, today was such a fun time.