Brittany and I went to see the Jersey Boys show, at the Crown Casino, and boy have I got a beef with The Crown and their taxi pick up area. However we did have The Best Taxi Driver Ever. We have had these tickets for months, so long in fact that I have to keep checking the date in case I miss them, yes unfortunately this has happened to me before. I missed Tim Minchin, sacrilege I know, not once, but twice. True story.
Any way, tickets are $135 each, Friday night, both tired from work, we figured we would ask Michael to drop us in and we would get a taxi home.
- Because you
cancould get a taxi home from right outside the event
- When you park at the Casino you have to park way down back
- We don’t feel safe walking all that way in the dark
- Taxi out front is a great option
- It will still be early when we leave so shouldn’t be a problem in getting a taxi home
So anyway, great show, like most people this is the second time we have seen it, saw it in Melbourne, some lucky people have even seen it in London. Different lead singer this time, the story was also a little different, magic though as before. We jiggled and unfortunately I sang. The chap next to me nodded of a little. We laughed together, when he was awake that is.
|Our CD from when we went to the Melbourne show|
We had dinner at the Italian restaurant in the Casino before hand, divine risotto, fantastic service, couldn’t be happier, the wait staff were very attentive, well dressed and respectful, made you feel like you mattered. The atmosphere was fabulous, felt like a special treat out, we were dressed for the occasion. Unfortunately Brittany’s shoes were giving her the heebie jeebies as they wouldn’t stay on as the back strap is rubbish. I have the same pair in a coral colour that I have never worn, for this very reason, I chuckled as it is a bit like being pregnant you forget about the yucky bits, which she did, proof in the pudding she wore them again and cursed every second of it. So every now and then when walking along the long plush halls, she chucked them of and I mean chucked them of and walked bare foot. I said we may just get ourselves turfed out as you are shoeless, I got that look like try if you must but you will fail.
|So pretty, never been worn.|
So after finding our seats and apologising profusely for disturbing those already seated we made our way to our seats with a glass in hand. Plastic wine glasses a godsend. Thoroughly enjoying the show, half time came, an opportunity for a bathroom visit and a drink top up, I challenge anyone with a bladder from Woolworth’s that can make it through a show without needing a bathroom visit. Brittany found a seat in one of the long plush hallways to wait for me, while I got us yet another plastic glass of wine, there was no way she was going to attempt the walk in those shoes, made our way yet again down the isle back to our seat, apologising profusely yet again, a few comments and nods that we were having yet another wine, I know, very judgemental weren’t they?
Well, the real fun began with our taxi driver, we didn’t want the trip to end he was so interesting and so ready to talk. He was telling us that after a certain time the Crown Casino were making the taxi drivers go around the back to collect you, I think he said from 11.30pm, you know that place that I don’t feel safe in, that is where they want the taxi’s to collect you from. Yeah right Crown that is a big fail!!!!
Now this chap was telling us his story, we were hanging onto every word, didn’t take much prompting from us, love people like this. xxx Here is his story.
- He came to Australia in 1987 a refugee from Nicaragua with his 14 year old brother he was 19
- Nicaragua was having itself a civil war
- They spent 3 months in Graylands which must have been at the time some sort of detention centre (ex loony bin)
- Can’t think of any other words to describe it as I thought it was for the mentally challenged souls
- They learned English and learnt how to integrate into the Australian way of life
- They worked and earned enough money to bring over their parents and their sister
- He has no children as he didn’t marry till later in life after he managed to work and save enough to bring the rest of his family over
- However he has now been married for 5 years
- His wife is Russian and she is currently spending two months in Russia with her family
- He has been many times before with her but this time couldn’t face the 25 hour flight
- He first worked in Australia for Mazzuchellis (jewellers) as he was a master crafter with stones
- He renovated a fair few homes
- Has a few rental properties
- His sister went to UWA and is now a financial adviser in switzerland with a husband and daughter
- His parents don’t speak great English
- He remains close to them
- He bought a Taxi as a business after a friend convinced him to
- He drives one or two shifts a week
- Leases his taxi out the other days and services his taxi himself
- Unfortunately that is all we got in a 35 minute trip
- I so wanted more
He was a pleasure to talk to, we felt lucky and safe.