People dream of having something like this in their neck of the woods. Some people never even get a chance to see it, which is hard to believe. But it happens.
I do feel lucky having it within driving distance.
Nothing like the beach to set you right.
Peace always seems to find me here. It’s a place of refuge and I enjoy it whenever I can. Every weekend during the summer, and some weekends in The Spring you’ll find The Guat family spraying on the Coppertone 75 and putting on their board shorts, bucket hats, and flip-flops.
We’re beach people. Most definitely.
So it occurred to me that I could spread a little more sunshine down here on the coast. Yup, this was the next stop on my 40 Before 40 Tour and some unsuspecting dude or chick would love going to the beach even more because of me.
Because no matter how amazing the sun, sand, and waves can be, fighting traffic to get there and then battling over a parking spot can totally burn you out. It makes you think twice about going there. Luckily for me The Guats leave at the break of dawn to avoid that disastrous Southern California traffic and we always find a spot within walking distance from the waves.
But there are those people who get a late start or for some reason just operate on a different clock where they sleep too long and end up sitting in traffic and going from parking lot to parking lot trying to find a space.
Regardless of the reason I thought I’d cut these people some slack, and brighten their day. So when they found spot #270, pulled on in, set her in park, and unloaded all the plastic buckets, shovels, blankets, and Tommy Bahama beach equipment purchased from Costco and walked on over to the parking kiosk … they found some Guat magic written with a Sharpie marker on the back of an envelope, at the foot of the machine.
FREEEEEE PARKING! YES! FREE!
Duuuuuuuude! Today is your lucky day. If you parked in space #270 parking is on me. All day parking.
Take the ticket and enjoy your day at the beach 🙂
🙂 40 Random Acts of Kindness Before 40
As we drove away I saw her approach the machine, pick up the note, look around confused, and then smile.
Yeah … that felt pretty good.