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skullcrusher 08-21-2010 07:22 AM

The big thread of Positive.
I was pleasantly surprised today at the gas station. I stopped in for some green tea and nicotine. An old import 4 banger pulled in with the bass bumping. The young driver started pumping gas into it while shirtless and sound system working overdrive. His young male passenger was obviously without a shirt as well. As I got in my truck, I saw an advanced senior lady pull up to the pump on the other side of the "pump island". Young punk motioned to his passenger when he saw her pull up and shut off her Town Car, so I paid attention.

The passenger then did something that almost blew me over. He shut off the music, got out and put on a shirt. When he headed in the elderly woman's way, I paid even closer attention. She was getting ready to swipe her card and I hear very clearly from the passenger, "Ma'am. May I pump your gas for you?"

She hesitated.

Young "punk": {parapharase} "Let me get that. My mom always taught me to help."

Lady: "You are going to pay for my gas?"

Y"P": "God no ma'am, I ain't got no money. I will pump it for you so you don't have to."

I looked around, and I noticed two other men watching as closely as I was. We all kinda noticed each other at the same time and I think we all got a shock. You just don't see the younger ones helping the elderly anymore.

I drove away and went to work with a good feeling for the future.

Now, what makes you feel good for the future every once in a while? It might just be a teeny ray of sunshine hope that all is not lost that has given you the good vibes.

Post those positive thoughts or recent experiences.

freefall 08-21-2010 07:36 AM

I was 2/3 through my second 14 hr day in a row, fixing the water purification equipment in a public housing project 150 miles away. The residents were not hostile but not welcoming, one little boy smiled and waved back at me but was quickly called inside. My co-worker said "Doesn't it make you feel good to drag up here and bust your butt to fix their water and know you'll be taxed to pay for it?"
An hour or so later, as we worked on the next building, a nice looking 30 something lady came out and asked what we were doing. We explained, she said "Do you believe in Jesus? You guys are the answer to my prayers. This water is terrible, thank you so much for doing this."
I get paid for what I do. I don't expect thanks, but it does make you feel good once in a while.

danf_fl 08-21-2010 09:25 AM

I know it is not much, but on some of the toll bridges, I will pay for the car behind me (especially if I know they are from out of state). It just makes me feel better.

spittinfire 08-21-2010 10:11 AM

Nice to know there are some kind people still out there. Also goes to show sometimes you can't judge a book by its cover.

Here I felt good because I saved a turtle from getting hit.

Benning Boy 08-21-2010 03:35 PM

Let me share one that I generally keep to myself, because people think I'm strange when I tell it, but since you all already think I'm strange.....

I was young, and in Georgia, and desperately needed to get back here. I had a paycheck, but the banks were closed. It was dark, and fog was getting thick. I was resigned to spending the night sitting on a bench, and hoping everything was okay at home.

A taxi rolled up. It shouldn't have been there, no reason for it to be there at all. Asked me if I needed a ride, I explained I had no cash, just the check.

He told me they might be able to cash it at the taxi station, if they could, we'd square up, if not, at least I was in town in the morning.

They did cash the check, the driver got me out to the airport.

The guy at the ticket counter, Prince (that was his name) told me my ticket was twice the amount I had. He saw my face, and stared at me, and started typing. He found me a flight leaving in 10 minutes, the fare left me enough to make it to the house.

None of this stuff should have occurred the way it did. I don't know if it was God, Karma, or what, but it was 25 years ago, and I've never forgotten it.

Benning Boy 08-21-2010 03:55 PM

My Collector's Edition Widescreen "Conan the Barbarian" just arrived in the mail.

Positive for me, but probably bad for you guys.:eek:

Gojubrian 08-21-2010 03:59 PM

While at the range yesterday and elderly couple arrived. The man was taking his wife shooting for the first time. They stayed for a little while and were very nice.

I just think little old couples are cute. :D

saviorslegacy 08-21-2010 04:05 PM


Originally Posted by spittinfire (Post 335874)
Nice to know there are some kind people still out there. Also goes to show sometimes you can't judge a book by its cover.

This goes two ways.
I know some people that will go to church, sing, act all nice and make eye contact when speaking to people. As soon as they are out of sight from everyone, BAM!, they are horrible people. Defacing road signs and always looking for trouble to get into.

Then again, I know this one dude who seems to be an absolute punk. He is usually pretty mean, smokes and drinks a lot. As soon as he is out of sight from everyone, BAM!, he shows his heart of gold. Mowing other peoples lawns for free, helping the elderly and just RNDM good deeds.

lonyaeger 08-21-2010 04:13 PM

Excellent thread there, Skull, thanks for that and thanks for your story. There is still hope out there!

CA357 08-21-2010 04:49 PM

This is good. More stories please, we could use a positive lift.

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