A couple more stories from the day at Catalyst….
First, we got in town and settled into the hotel (which we all agree is awesome especially for the price). We decided to utilize our time by stopping by the conference center to see if we could register early to beat the lines tommorow as 12.000 people head in for Catalyst. Thankfully, they said yes and we are good to go!
Well, during our visit, we had our first “brush with greatness” when we bumped into Worship Leader Aaron Key. Josh and I first experienced his gift in the area of music last year and have been listening to his CDs all year. As we approached Mr. Key, we quickly got Steve up to speed so we were all on level ground in case we talked to him. As we came into a 6 foot radius of him and the young, attractive woman he was speaking with… their conversation ended and Mr. Key turned to head the other way. Actually, not just head out but to do so in a very hurried way. There was extra speed in his step as we bounced down the escalator before us.
While I want to ponder why he would spend extra time with a hot blonde and then run away from us…the truth is he was probably set to do something next as he is a very busy man here. It was either that of Josh scared him.
Second – With the help of Hillary, Josh’s GPS, we found a Fridays for dinner. It was a great time and our waitress was bubbly, fast, and good at her job.
As we were finishing up. Josh was distraught at two ladies who were sitting about 2 tables behind me. They were maybe in their 40s or 50s and I hadn’t really noticed them. However, by facing them, Steve and Josh both noticed they were very rude to the waitress, called the manager out twice complaining about the food, and just over all mean. We suspect it was mostly a show for free food and they were rewarded with just that.
Now, this is the exact enviroment where I am tempted to speak my mind in the defense of another. Speak my mind at a louder tone. Speak my mind in a way where the ladies at the table would hear me, probably get mad at me, but would stand up for a young waitress who was doing her best. In other words, the situation which would normally embarrass my wife and I have been trying so hard the last few years to not do so much.
But my wife isn’t here is she? (HEHE)
I wasn’t bad….I just made note as the waitress came from their table to ours that not everyone was in a good mood tonight (in a slightly louder tone). It threw our waitress a tad and she asked “What?” I said “Never mind, it’s something you can not respond to without getting in trouble.” She smiled…..
Then I went on, in a slightly louder tone, that she was a great waitress, the food was great, and we had a good time. It boosted her up and, judging from the look I got after telling the ladies “Have a great night!” as they exited by us, the ladies got my message though they might not have received it.
After the show, Josh was kind enough to say “You’re my hero” See, guys get it! But at home, I will try my best not to embarrass my wife =)
Well time for bed… We have to leave the hotel by 6:30am – YUCK! But a good day is a coming!