It’s the little things in life that make me happiest. Yesterday, one of those little things happened to me. This story is going to meander a bit and it’s going to take some time for me to set the scene for you — so just fight through it with me!…..
If you recall, I’ve had extensive dental work done to cure my post-chemo nightmare of a mouth. Some of that work included replacing an old crown that I had. Right now, I have a temporary in until my permanent crown comes in next week. On Labor Day, that temporary came loose. Sooooo, long story short, I had to go back to the dentist yesterday to get the temporary re-cemented in.
My dentist happens to be over by the Ferry Building here in SF. Every Saturday, the Ferry Building has the BEST farmer’s market known to man — Paul and I love going to it. Every Saturday, at the Ferry Building farmer’s market, you’ll see this dashing young man, playing his little heart out on a trumpet and tap dancing around. He never fails to draw a crowd, including me. Well, as it turns out, I randomly met this young man yesterday at the Walgreens by the Ferry Building!
I was early to my dentist appointment, so I decided to kill some time/run some errands at the nearby Walgreens. I needed toilet paper and comet anyways, so — win, win. I was checking out and he was at the register next to me with his mom, Lea. I glanced over at him, and just blurted out “Hey, I know you. You’re the tap-dancing trumpet player!” He was so cute, excited and energetic — yet, totally suave — in his reply. Sticking out his hand to shake mine, “Yes, I am. My name is Gabriel Angelo, pleased to meet you.” We exchanged pleasantries for a bit, he introduced me to his mom and told me to check out his performance on Ellen. Wha? You know me. I love me a good kidxploitation on the Ellen Show. She always finds the most darling, talented kiddos.
Gabriel is no exception. Here’s a link to his Ellen performance. And here’s a link to a piece the SF Chronicle did on him. I hope it makes you as happy as I was getting to chat with him live yesterday. He has such a charisma about him — his joy is infectious.
See, I told you, it’s the little things…..