Ted's struggle with designing a cowboy hat-shaped restaurant seems a little weird to me, because the clients came to him with the big picture. I mean, it's not like he has to think it up. He just has to figure out how to make it sound, but whatever. He's tired, stressed, and thinks he's too good for this job, so he is cranky. Robin sends him out for a bagel and a new attitude, and reminds him to bring an umbrella. Galoshes, the weather clown (yes, really) on Robin's show, is predicting rain. When Ted mocks this, she puts on one of the cowboy hats lying on his drafting table and calls him "Hoss." Cobie looks stunning in the hat, by the way -- no surprise there. As Ted leaves, he grumbles that the universe has it in for him, and he can't wait to see what it has in store for him "out there."
Outside, Ted (with the yellow umbrella) walks down the steps, turns right and then reverses himself as Saget!Ted explains that life's big moments aren't always things we do. Some things just happen to us. Current-day Ted stops at the newsstand, then crosses the road to give a street person a dollar. He then backtracks by the newsstand and waits for the traffic signal to change. Saget!Ted narrates throughout this scene:
I'm not saying you can't take action to affect the outcome of your life. You have to take action, and you will. But never forget that, on any day, you could step out the front door, and your whole life can change forever. You see, the universe has a plan, kids and that plan is always in motion. A butterfly flaps its wings... [thunder rumbles] and it starts to rain. It's a scary thought, but it's also kind of wonderful. [Ted puts up the umbrella as it starts to rain.] All these little parts of the machine constantly working, making sure that you end up exactly where you're supposed to be, exactly when you're supposed to be there. [A long-legged woman -- her face obscured by the blue umbrella she's carrying -- walks from the newsstand over to Ted and taps him on the shoulder.] The right place...at the right time. [Ted turns his head. His eyes widen. He blinks.]