Morning Music in Austin, TX
It's not unusual to bump into extroverted performers on 6th Street in Austin. But on the patio of the lovely Driskill Hotel I wasn't expecting to hear 2 conservatively dressed guys belt out, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" at 10 in the morning!
My sister and I were having breakfast with our mom when the two polo shirted entertainers, sprung up from the street and began their lively performance. I noticed another man seated nearby taking a couple photos and marking something down in a notebook. My sister and I were incredibly amused because these two looked like the last people you would expect to be acting like giddy boys on a dare.
Why were they there?
I introduced myself to the singing strangers who were just about to rush off. It turns out they were employees of Dell Computer, on a team-building mission filled with silly challenges like singing in public. (Their boss was the one taking the photo)
Praise the Performance
My sister snapped a few pictures, because we were actually on a mission ourselves. Jennifer and I were spending a week together celebrating my 50th birthday. On my list of 50 Ways to Celebrate my 5oth was Challenge #25, Pay a compliment to a stranger. So I was able to cross off #25 on my list when I greeted these two good-humored guys and raved about their singing abilities! (And nerve!)
Thank You, Singing Dell Guys!
It was a treat to see some successful (I assume) business men acting like kids! And you really weren't geeks at all. You sort of remind me of my sister and me and all our years of daring each other to be silly. Jennifer and I were spending a week being silly when we caught your show. Too bad you had to race to work on the rest of your list. It would have been fun to have shared a few hours working on our lists together!
Here's a link to my Birthday List and the fun I had with my sister!http://www.tributewebdesign.com/beth/list.html
To celebrate my birthday in April 2012, I decided to reflect on the past with a different kind of list. I've met a lot of people in my 55 years, but I'm going to stop and remind myself about the strangers I've met. These are people I met by accident, not through friends or work. For some reason, these strangers dropped into my life. Even though we may have only spent a few minutes together, these people have never been forgotten.
Each week, I'll spotlight someone I met in the past, who in some small way, made me stop and think.
Remember 55 Strangers