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.

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ayomidejpw says:
August 13, 2008, 11:17 pm
What a wonderful story! What are the odds of that? The video like you said isn't that great but it brings back great memories of a great song. (I wouldn't have done any better) but You had me singing the words to a song that I thought I had forgotten. Looks as if you had a grand time...
ceecee says:
August 14, 2008, 12:11 am
Bella your camera is so pretty looking! Glad Mayted found it for you, nice people really do make the world go around. Your video makes me want to go a live music festival, I missed attending any this year. I'll be on it next year!
Vivrant Thang says:
August 14, 2008, 12:27 am
I had a feeling that would happen! Reunited and it feels so good!
bella says:
August 14, 2008, 12:37 am
ceecee, it's adorable, easy to use, and it's $150. I definitely wanted to get this one back because it was my Glam Award, but if it was lost forever, I would have rebought it. The Flip is the bomb in my book.
flygyrl72 says:
August 14, 2008, 1:19 am
You see? Karma, man, it's awesome... Big ups to Mayted And pay it forward, Bella. Peace.
Mrs.Mckinzie says:
August 14, 2008, 7:51 am
I knew that you would find it Bella.Mayted, you need too market your honesty,because we need more people like you in the world.
Janelle says:
August 14, 2008, 8:02 am
Wowwwwww! Talk about the power of putting positive energy out into the universe. You do so many nice things for people its only right that it would come back your way and make you "scream with delight". I'm so happy you got your camera back!!! And I over here rocking: She keeps on passing meeeeeeeeeee byyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! :D
Sabrina97 says:
August 14, 2008, 8:52 am
There are good people in the world!!!
pets says:
August 14, 2008, 11:59 am
A great ending to what was a sad and harried time. Spread the good karma Trice. Mayted thanks for restoring my sister's peace of mind.
heyhey says:
August 14, 2008, 1:50 pm
I thought that cam was loooong gone. Ah, my cynical little grinch heart just grew a little over this happy ending! Great!
TJ says:
August 14, 2008, 5:59 pm
What a great story of someone going above and beyond just to do the right thing! Congrats to you all.
Tamara says:
August 14, 2008, 10:44 pm
That is the best story I've heard all week!
E-Fresh says:
August 14, 2008, 11:37 pm
sdg1844 says:
August 15, 2008, 1:22 pm
The kindness of strangers is indeed a beautiful thing. I'm glad it back and you hold on tight next time. :-)
Irie Diva says:
August 15, 2008, 3:05 pm
wow what are the odds....i am truly amazaed by that story, its right out of a disney movie!
Jaime says:
August 20, 2008, 6:10 pm
I went to Rock the Bells in DC and it was awesome! Pharcyde killed it but TCQ definitely made the concert worthwhile. I actually just ordered the Flip Mino yesterday. I'm so excited to see everyone posting videos on their blogs with it. I know I picked a good pocket camera.


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