we were running late
we would have starved but for the
kindness of strangers
Some hotels are surrounded by walkable food options, or at least have a restaurant of some kind on site. Other hotels, not so much. Alex and Benjamin and I were running late one morning about a week ago when we were looking for breakfast. Of course the hotel restaurant was closed, and the hotel itself was surrounded by a pedestrian-unfriendly moat of concrete and asphalt. Luis, one of the managers, very kindly gave us a lift to a diner about a half-mile away, and waited while we got our food to go.
"Are you Boricua?" Benjamin asked on the way back, seeing the Puerto Rican flag hanging from Luis' rearview mirror. Oh yes, Boricua through and through. We told him about our show, and how we hoped he could make it that night, since it's all about Latin culture, and full of music he could really get into. Unfortunately, Luis had to work all day at the hotel, and then go to his second job at a club in the evening. Kind of like seeing the story of In the Heights in real life - the guy this show most personifies couldn't come see us because he was working two jobs. Hopefully he at least got to check out the music!