At Rock the Bells, I had so much fun that I lost my camera. I was pretty bummed out. My sister asked me if I reported it to the cops, or festival organizers, anything… I honestly just kind of threw up my hands. At a big concert, what are the odds of finding your lost possession again? Slim to none, I was convinced.
I mentioned it in passing in my concert review with absolutely no expectations. I honestly didn’t expect to hear back from anyone. But this weekend, an e mail from a lady named Mayted popped up in my inbox. Get this — she found my camera in the bathroom, and didn’t want to leave it behind for someone to steal, so she left a note with her phone number on it. She was about to post a found camera notice on Craigslist, when she decided to Google “found Flip video camera Miami Rock the Bells” instead. Et voila. Rarely does an e mail make me scream with delight. This one definitely did!!
We made arrangements to meet up this week, and I wanted to reward her kindness with a small token of my appreciation. But Mayted refused my offer! I was honestly surprised and touched. Living in Miami, the city with the rudest drivers in America, you don’t expect people to just be super nice off the bat for no reason. Mayted and her husband — Latin Grammy winning recording artist Jorge Moreno, restored my faith in humanity.
Thanks to them, I am reunited with my camera, and I can finally post the encore of The Pharcyde’s performance at Rock the Bells. Being all lit up like a Christmas tree as I was, I think my thumb was covering the microphone at times. It’s a bit muffled and distant, and definitely not the best concert video you’ve ever seen, not by a longshot. But when I lost my camera, in my rose-colored memory I thought this was the best video clip EVAH, and I swore to myself if I ever got my camera back I’d share it with the world. And I’m a woman of my word.
Mayted — you rock. And your husband rocks too. Thanks so much for making my day, and reminding me that karma is real and it’s at work. You’ve made me a very happy afrobella.
** edited at 10:30 a.m. — OK, Mayted and her husband mentioned that he was a musician… but they didn’t say he was a Latin Grammy winning musician! Jorge, you are talented! And a good person! So wonderful to meet both of you. We need more folks like you in the world.