When the reservation line rang at 8pm this evening, for a two-boat cruise at ten, we went through our whole list of available gondoliers. But with less than two hours before departure time, and all of my gondoliers coming up unavailable, we called on a friend - Tim at Sunset Gondola.
Nobody knows the "I need a gondolier right now" situation more than the owner of another gondola company.
This wasn't the first time either of us had covered a cruise for the other, but with two gondolas in the mix, it was the first time I got to row alongside Tim in a flotilla. We had a great time rowing, probably enjoyed the cruise even more than our passengers (although they did have a terrific experience on the water).
Tim handled the gondola masterfully throughout the cruise,
and then at the end, had the nerve to enter our lagoon,
flip the boat around, and back her in...flawlessly.
Did a better job than I had just minutes earlier.
Actually showed me up in my own waterway!
It was awesome to watch.
Tim, it was great rowing with you this evening.
Thanks for helping us out tonight,
and thanks for showing me how to dock my boat.