Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Parents on the Loose (Sponsored)

Caution: parents out alone.  Irrational excitement may occur.  
I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Taxi Magic.  I received a promotional code to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

We are T-minus three weeks away from Baby Girl's arrival, so things have been just a teensy bit hectic around these parts.  In addition to the fact that I haven't had a chance to finish putting our house back together post bathroom remodel and that I'm completely overwhelmed with things that still need to be done before the baby arrives, the Hubs and I have been making an effort to have a few dates before we become parents of TWO.

Sunday afternoon we took advantage of some free Grandparent childcare and took ourselves to a cultural event.  I know this is a truly revolutionary thing to do here in Los Angeles, where movies are considered culture, but keep in mind that the Hubs and I used to live in New York (AKA the center of the cultural universe) where we made it a point to see a play and go to a museum once a week.  Our destination yesterday was the Ahmanson Theater to see David Suchet in The Last Confession.  We planned to make an afternoon of it and enjoy a leisurely brunch before the show, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to use Taxi Magic so that we could both enjoy some champagne as part of our last hurrah (yes, I'm one of those pregnant ladies who drinks wine.  Breathe and stop panicking).

I admit that I was awfully excited to not only have some time alone with Chris, but also to be driven around by someone else for once.  As a former New Yorker, one of the things I miss the most is the ability to binge drink without concern for how to get home safely, and never having to worry about where to park.  Needless to say, my days of binge drinking are behind me, but I'll always appreciate not having to search for parking.  We got ourselves all gussied up (I even shaved my legs), I opened up my Taxi Magic App, clicked "I'm ready to go!", confirmed my address as the pick-up location and then... was taken to a screen informing me that electronic booking is not yet available in my area.  At first I assumed this was a glitch.  After all, the app had just shown me a little map with four taxicabs positioned within blocks of my house!  So I restarted my phone and tried again, only to receive the same message again.  So there we were, all ready to get our afternoon old-married-couple date party started, without a designated driver at our service.  Total bummer.

We could have called to order the cab, but considering that the play started at 1pm and we were already running on "parents of a toddler time", we really didn't have the time to start calling the cab companies and waiting for whoever got dispatched to our house.  So we decided to reign in our alcohol consumption and drove ourselves downtown.

The good news is that we had a really, really great time.  We spent four luxurious hours alone, of which we spent only about three-quarters of the time talking about our children, and we really enjoyed the play.

As far as Taxi Magic goes, they are in the process of improving their service here in the land of concrete and broken dreams, so hopefully my home address will be eligible in the near future.  I love the idea of it - that you don't have to make a phone call and that all payment is handled electronically - so I'm hoping to get a chance to take advantage of my "designated driver in an App" sometime soon.  Hey, it's only three more weeks until I can hit the margarita bar again, so this Taxi Magic discount code should come in awfully handy for my first post-baby girls night out.

Because I always have your best interest at heart, I'm offering you $15 off of your first ride with the promo code MomMagic14.  Get your binge drink on and then app yourself a cab, why don't you!  

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