What a Trip.
Work trips. Are. Exhausting. But… During the end of this particular trip I had felt like I hadn’t slept in a week. Beautycon happened and the outcome was so great. My favorite thing that I take away from each Beautycon, are the people that I get to meet. They make me appreciate the little things that we all take very much for granted. One girl’s story was so upsetting that I walked away and balled my eyes out, luckily it was at the end of the day and everyone was leaving. FEWF.
That night, the team packed their belongings and headed to Austin. My goal, was simple, I went and bought a bottle of wine, walked to the hotel and ordered a cocktail, got food to go, following a movie in my room all by myself. It literally sounded like the perfect night, right? Needless to say, heading to my room didn’t happen. It definitely didn’t end up being a bad one though.
On to the next day, I woke up literally at 4:30PM and I got the latest checkout, which was at 5. I quickly packed, got ready, threw on some mascara and called an Uber. Meanwhile my flight wasn’t until 11PM. Cool. I’m never not in the mood to talk to someone, but as I approached that Uber I said to myself, I’m going to be b****y and not talk, just this once (keep in mind, I never decide to not be friendly). I get in, and politely asked him exactly this, “I like weird, old, artsy areas, do you know of anywhere you could drop me?” I casually thought, “what does this guy know, he’s probably going to take me somewhere quite the opposite.” Meanwhile he replies, “I know just the place.”
Long story short, we ended up talking the entire way there. Shocker. Quickly into the conversation I randomly ask, “how often do you drive around and work for Uber?” His reply, “I work as much as I can, I do it as a hobby. All of the money I make goes to a non-kill puppy shelter.” I respond, “so you’re doing this all night?” Him, “yes, of course.” Me, “let’s save puppies I have time to kill!” This man already won me over with his serious desire to save puppies, and on top of that, he knew exactly where to take me. I’ve never told someone “I like weird, old, artsy areas” and then they literally take me to the definition of what I had in mind. He ended up driving me to all of his favorite places where he’s taken pictures in the past. (He filled me in that he was once a photographer and now focuses on his puppy career).
As it was getting later, I mentioned that I was hungry, and if it was possible, I’d like to go to a cute town, with a hotel so I could leave my luggage. He insisted that he’d like to accompany me if I didn’t mind and that way, I could leave my belongings in the car. I of course, didn’t mind at all, as I was really enjoying our conversation. I mentioned that I didn’t care what we ate, as long as they had good stiff drinks. We parked, walked around, and he let me choose the restaurant. Before we sat, he made sure that they were going to take care of me in the cocktail department. This fabulous man ordered for me, and we then both spoke about the past, present and somewhat of our future lives. I went on and on about how my current life has come to be, and he filled me in on how he has a daughter my age that lives in NY, a son, and he was married to “Miss. Canada." He then explained that they divorced and he married a woman who he “loves” but isn’t “in love” with. Towards the end of dinner he randomly says very calmly with a positive tone- “I’m going to leave her. I’ve just decided. I love her, but I love my puppies and France more. I’m taking them with me and I’m moving back to France.” I can’t remember what I replied, but I probably said something along the lines of whatever makes you happy, you should definitely do. He told me that talking to me never made things more clear.
I know at this point you’re probably thinking, what a weird situation and he’s probably an older man being a typical well, "man." It wasn’t like that at all, I’ve never been so sure that it was just a friend to friend, or new friend rather, type of situation. My favorite part about the entire day was that on the way back to the car, we stopped at the cutest pie shop I’ve EVER seen. The menus, the wall paper, I mean… It was a dream. My Uber driver had a deep appreciation for it as well, and couldn’t get over the way the menu looked. I’ve never bonded with someone who appreciates the super simple things, like the to-go menu. He grabbed me a copy, so I could take it as a memory.
As we made our way to the airport, we both wished each other luck and spoke about what a fun afternoon and evening it turned out to be. I literally thought I’d have to sit at some coffee shop and kill time for 6 hours but I was obviously wrong. As I got out of the car he said one last thing, “you’re an amazing woman and I hope someone appreciates that one day.” I replied with a simple “thank you so much,” and waved good bye.
When Owyn says something really great, I save it. I save all of my favorite quotes in my notes section on my phone. I’ve never needed re-assurance, nor did I go into detail about how my last relationship went; which was definitely the opposite of being appreciated. But, I saved it because he simply reminded me that someone should appreciate me, and even that, made me feel more than appreciated.
I always say that things always work out, and I love that whenever I wake up and decide to not have a plan, that even a random ride with an Uber driver can end up being the highlight of your work trip. Not only was it the highlight of my trip but I was able to take some of my most favorite pictures, had a great dinner and cocktail with a stranger, even a better dessert, and best of all, we saved some puppies!
We didn’t exchange info, but I do hope he was able to move to France with his pups and go on living his happy life.