At this famous restaurant, close to the theaters I sometimes frequent, you can park your car and eat (either before or after the show you’re seeing) and they shuttle you to the theater for free. The benefit of this is at least you don’t have to pay for parking twice (once at the restaurant and once at the theater location). Or at least they used to do this. I found out recently that they ceased this service, even though there’s still a large sign indicating FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to the local theaters for dining patrons.
As I debated leaving and just heading to the theater, the restaurant manager informed me that, if I wished, they’d call me a cab and even pay for it. Really? You’re gonna call a cab AND pay for my roundtrip cab fare? That’s a pretty nice deal. Ok, I’m in.
Now, the cab experience in Los Angeles is very different from cab experiences in any other major city. Cabs are not plentiful in Los Angeles. It’s not like NYC or London (or any other major city that has good public transportation) where you can just hang out on the sidewalk and expect a cab to stroll by. In NYC, it seems like there’s more cabs than regular cars and there’s no problem finding one at all hours of the day or night. In London, not only do the cab drivers have expert knowledge of how to get around London, they can literally give you a rundown on the history of where you’re going and all the historic events that occurred at that site. Pretty impressive.
So, I’m waiting outside the restaurant and sure enough, here comes the cab they’ve called for me. Now, this restaurant is no more than 3 miles away from the theater, if even that. I get in the cab and so it goes…
Me: The Taper, please.
Cabbie: Um, Staples Center?
Me: No, The Mark Taper. You know, the theater? The Mark Taper Forum?
Cabbie: Hmmm, never heard of it.
Me: It’s by the Ahmanson Theater?
Me: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion? The MUSIC CENTER?
Me: By Disney Hall?
Cabbie: I think I know that one.
Me: Tell you what, start driving and I’ll tell you how to get there.
So, I tell the cabbie how to get to one of the most famous places in downtown Los Angeles. We pull up…
Cabbie: Oh, so this building is called the Taper?
Me: No, where you’re dropping me off is actually the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The Taper is behind us.
Cabbie: I’ve never been here.
Ok, so maybe he’s new to the job. I have a fun time at the theater. Afterwards, I have to find a cab back to the restaurant. I luck out and actually see one pull up in a queue by the theater. And in fact, he’s the only cab there. The rest of the cars are limos or private vehicles waiting for their respective passengers. I get in the cab and tell the guy the name of the restaurant. This restaurant is pretty famous and has been in Los Angeles for over 50 years. So, not your flash in the pan place, right?
Cabbie: Oh yeah, the place that’s open 24 hours, right?
Me: (relieved this guy has heard of the place) Right.
Cabbie: I don’t know where it is.
Me: (sigh) I’ll give you directions.
So, made it back the the restaurant, had a lovely dinner and they did pay for my two little cab adventures. Interestingly, both cabbies appeared to have GPS devices, where they could have input the names and the directions would have popped up. Maybe the GPS devices in both cabs were broken?
Things that make you go “hmmmm….”
johnlloydyoungfriends in 2014 (so far)
JLY releases the expansion of his debut album, “My Turn” [x]
JLY is photographed by Andrew Stiles for “Self Assignment” [x]
JLY performs at the White House talent show [x]
JLY at the Los Angeles premiere of Jersey Boys [x]
JLY does a Q&A for Variety.com about the Jersey Boys movie [x]
JLY does an interview for USAToday in promo of the Jersey Boys film [x]
It’s nice when wonderful things happen to good people.