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post #41 of 44 Old 02-15-2014, 04:22 AM
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Last month I was driving through the country during the day with my mom, trying to get home and it was snowing heavily. The roads were not good at all. A car ahead of me lost control and hit a van in the oncoming traffic lane. The car lost control and slid into the ditch.

I was with my mom and right away I was like, we need to stop! I pulled over and preceded to talk to the driver who had ended up in the ditch. (the van pulled over safely on the other side of the road.) I tried talking to him, to let him know I wanted to make sure he was okay and that I saw the accident. He was very short with me.. And acted almost mad or offended that I pulled over to check on him. There were a bunch of people in the car who started getting out at that point..

So we left. Really made me shake my head though. Maybe he was just upset or shook up from the accident but it didn't seem that way. If I wasn't with my mom I may not have stopped but would have called the police. BUT there were a lot of cars around so maybe I would have.

And once I rescued a dog on thanksgiving from a busy road. It looked like a puppy it was just running across the street by itself and no one stopped! Cars were just dodging and driving around it. O.O I couldn't believe it! So I pulled over and got it into my car. Walked down the street, knocked on doors, no one had seen it. Called the humane society and they connected me with a dispatcher. Turns out it DID belong to somebody! I was really happy, we met down the block at the gas station and I handed over her dog. ..And she yelled at the dog.. I don't even think she thanked me.. Just.. bizarre.

I don't know, I've honestly rescued so many animals on the street that I've given up thinking anyone else ever tries to save them.

Sorry for all that negativity! SO to even that out, I will say, people DO try to help others. Whether or not it's appreciated. And even though there may not be many of us, hey, we try! :) My mom's car got stuck going down my driveway and a complete stranger ran over and helped push it out! With my back injury I could not have done it. We were very grateful!

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post #42 of 44 Old 02-15-2014, 11:36 AM
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This morning I took the dogs for their walk. I drove out to the cliffs where it was blowing hard enough to make me nearly loose my feet. The sea was the roughest yet after these storms.
There was a tree down but to the side enough that I could negotiate around it. I thought it would be worth going back to collect for firewood for my sister and family.

So, just after lunch back I went armed with my chainsaw. I started sawing it up into lengths that would fit in my van and hadn't done more than a couple of lengths when an elderly man comes along with a wheelbarrow and bow saw. He had the same idea!

He said that he would just take the smaller branches but, I insisted that he had some off the heavier stuff which I cut into the right size for his fire. His barrow loaded he stopped to help me load the van and clear the ivy. He then told me where he lived which was some distance away and all uphill. I insisted that we put his stuff in the van and I drove him back.

So, chivalry is not dead.
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post #43 of 44 Old 02-15-2014, 07:24 PM
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I forgot about some of the things that I've done just recently. Both of these happened while I was at work.

A few weeks ago on a particularly cold day (I'm talking highs of 12 with wind chill in the negatives), I was driving on a small dirt ranch road and saw a momma cow off by herself. I didn't think much of it until I saw a coyote take off running and I took a better look at the way she was standing/moving. I slowed way down going past her and noticed a tiny calf laying in the weeds. I suspect she'd had it either the day before or that night. Momma was obviously agitated, but I wanted to check on the calf so I got out of the truck and walked as close as she would let me. The calf was still alive...barely. It tried to pick it's head up but was moving slow and jerky. I tried to sneak in close enough to pick it up to put it in my truck, but mom wasn't having any of that. I couldn't see a brand on the cow and, at the time, I didn't know exactly whose land I was on, so I spent the next hour on the phone and going to every house surrounding there trying to figure out whose cows they were. I finally did get ahold of the owner and he managed to get out there soon enough to save the calf.

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was driving down a highway and saw 2 dogs jogging down the middle of the road, one of which was a very nice GSD. I saw that he had tags on so I pulled over and managed to call him over to me. I called his owner from the number on his tags and then kept the dog in my back seat for the next 30 minutes while she got around and came to pick him up. He'd managed about 6 miles and was at a long trot away from his house so God only knows where he would have ended up if he'd been able to avoid getting hit.

In both those instances, some folks would have just kept on driving.

One person may not be able to change the world, but they can sure make someone else's day a whole lot better by just doing some small thing.
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post #44 of 44 Old 02-15-2014, 08:08 PM
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I'm not going to stop because there's absolutely nothing I can do other than call 911 and I do that without stopping.

I'm all of a 100lbs, gimpy knee and basically zero knowledge of how vehicles work.

I will (and have) pulled neighbor's vehicles out of ditches in snowstorms and actually carry a tow rope just for that. Anything other than a simple hook up pull out though isn't happening because I'm not risking my truck getting stuck (we live 45 minutes from an actual town, I HAVE to be able to collect my kids from the paved highway 15mins away).

I don't trust anyone. We hire long-haul truckers to bring us Semi's at work and as we're nearly 2 hours from the airport and in the middle of absolutely nowhere (no shuttle or taxi services), we have to drive the truckers to the airport after they arrive. I won't do it. No way, no how, are you getting me to take them anywhere.... I make one of the shop guys take them.
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