Most days I have only one good moment, not great, but good. Great, spectacular, mind-blowing happens maybe once or twice a year if I’m lucky. So when the good comes, I try to savor it as much as possible because I’ve learned that a whole lot of crap is just around the corner waiting to drop. This is it. This is the Guat existence. So when multiple good things happened in one day I had to do a double-take.
I had to take a wait-a-minute-one-second moment to make sure it was happening to me, and I just wasn’t imagining it.
This is what happened yesterday on my son’s birthday. Now if you tuned in yesterday, you’re aware of the awesome day that took place at The Aquarium and how my nerd factor kept escalating throughout the day. I also briefly mentioned our lunch at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
But I was so in love with the vibe of this joint and the easy family, or lunch date, atmosphere that I decided to go beyond the mention, beyond the casual comment, beyond the footnote. I went into full post for this one.
Forrest. Forrest Gump became part of the reason why I truly enjoyed the dining experience. I’m a big fan of the movie and I’ve watched it so many times that I lost count. So when I walked into a place where quotes, pictures and other fine details from the movie were posted everywhere, the cool factor sort of kicked in. As you can tell I had never been there.
Now what is it that you eat at Bubba Gump? Was I going to be the jackass that has a hamburger at a fish joint? A salad? Please. I mean don’t get me wrong, these items did look tasty, but c’mon now. I was a Bubba Gumps and according to Bubba “shrimp is the fruit of the sea.” And after all there was all kinds of shrimps … shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan-fried shrimp, deep-fried shrimp, stir-fried shrimp, pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, and shrimp sandwich.
I opted for something I hadn’t had before, nor cooked myself. The coconut shrimp. But in addition to all these choices, they had a great kid’s menu, which made the place even better. Not your average fish sticks. The fact that our waiter was awesome increased the enjoyability factor times ten. Not only did he take our order quickly but he brought out my son’s fish n’ chips in a miniature paper boat, a replica of The Jenny. I thought it was hilarious. My son thought it was awesome, so much so that our waiter noticed his enthusiasm and ended up bringing him another one. He had Jenny I and Jenny II and he was loving it.
Now just when I thought his birthday lunch couldn’t get any better, he experienced his first restaurant happy birthday waiter song. I was happy to say it wasn’t crazy obnoxious either. It was just the right level of genuine excitement. I think the waiters and waitresses were into it because my son’s giddiness and expressions were priceless. The fact that my camera’s battery died right before they sang to him burned me out. But one of the waitresses volunteered to take a picture of him and send it to me. Sundae devoured and the evidence all over his mouth and cheeks.
Awesome service, right? It’s no wonder it’s a household name.
I helped him finish the sundae, thanked our waiter for a great time, tipped him generously for the extras he went through to make my son happy, and then stopped by the Bubba Gump store to purchase some merchandise for myself. I didn’t want to forget all the good moments that took place that day. And incidentally, if you know The Guat you know there was no pink shirt for me. Instead a Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Baseball Cap and a t-shirt resembling a Football Jersey. Forrest’s football Jersey.
Run Forrest, Run!