Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Post - Three Times the Thanking

Three Times the Thanking.  One man's experiences during Thanksgiving evening remind him of what he is really thankful for in this world.

On my Thanksgiving, I thought you all should know about 3 wonderful experiences I had. Because, you see, each of these experiences helped remind me of what I am thankful for. 


Another post, to make up for some of the missed updates lately...I think you'll like this one too.  (note:  if you want more cool Hubble desktops, I added 8 more in this post!)

1. In the elevator at my building, on the way down, I stopped at a random floor. No big deal, it was about dinner time, I figured people would be out and about. In walks a guy holding food in tupperware, and his son. Clearly on their way to some dinner somewhere. Still standing in the hallway is a woman, head down, texting like crazy on an iphone. All three of them are dresed up. We sit there for awhile in the elevator, and as the door begins to close she says, "Hey come back out here! Wait a minute..." Without even looking up. Guy quickly stabs the open door button, he and the kid hurriedly exit. As he exits, he looks back at me and sighs, then says, "Sorry about that..." Woman didn't even look up for more than a second, but managed a "Oh what, uh..." as the door closed. She didn't even acknowledge her husband, her child, or anything that had just transpired.  Wow lady, you just demanded your son and husband get out of the elevator so you could continue texting. Heaven forbid you get in the elevator and lose signal for a a whopping 2 minutes...

I am thankful for NOT BEING MARRIED.  :D

2. Out and about, driving I'm coming really close a traffic light in the city. It's changing yellow and I totally could go - as could the car next to me on the left, and the one on the right. We are all about even approaching this intersection.  It's one of those go or no-go type situations.  Myself and the car on the left stop late, kind of in the crosswalk, but we stopped. Car on my right sped up and went through the light. *Flash* *Flash*. Red light traffic ticket. Yup, no joke, and those are not cheap around here. $150+ depending on the intersection and speed. And I was real close to just accelerating...

I am thankful for STAYING OUT OF TROUBLE. (knock on wood...)

3. Headed home, I'm thinking to myself, "Shit no dinner..." Yup, that's right, no fracking dinner on Thanksgiving. No family dinner, no turkey, no gravy, no stuffing, and certainly no pie. Quickly running through the options - which are extremely limited, I'm banking on two options - a local restaurant, and a McDonalds.  It's still early I tell myself, only about 7:00pm.  I have time...Well, the restaurant was closed (keep in mind it was only 7:30pm when I walked up to it).  I hauled ass over to the McDonalds and went into the drive-thru.  Parking lot was practically empty, not good.  I sit at the order box for about two minutes, basically praying.  A voice crackled over the box, "Hello?"  I quickly ordered the Double QP meal and ask for another 2 cheeseburgers (breakfast!).  She comes back on the intercom, "I'm sorry sir, but we are closed."  Ah crap, I'm screwed.  I just sort of moaned into the box, "awww...."  I think she felt my desperation, because about 10 seconds later she came back on, "Sir?  Are you still there?  We have a double QP and a 4 piece nugget left - would you like them?"  YES! - I practically yell back into the box.  She starts laughing, asks me for a drink and I drive forward.  When I get to the window, she tells me $4.  Obviously not the real price, or the cost, of the food.  I hand her a $20.  She looks at me, I tell her "Keep it."  She smiles, a few minutes later I have my food and am on my way.  That lady, and her two remaining workers fed me my Thanksgiving dinner, and they didn't have to - they could have very easily just closed. 

I am thankful for the KINDNESS OF COMPLETE STRANGERS.  

Sad, but it could have been a lot worse (timestamp:  8:03pm, 11/25/2010)

20 comments:

  1. i loved the McD story it's very nice to hear there are still great people out there.

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  2. I reely like your post!
    I follow you dayle!nice work Bro!

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  3. Hear hear. Happy thanksgiving (although I'm European)

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  4. We normally head for Chinatown. They're always open.

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  5. I'm thankful I didn't have to go to Meemaw's house for Thanksgiving. She starts putting all the food out before noon, and I don't make it before five, and I don't like food poisoning.

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  6. Man, I was really hoping there was something nice about your post haha. First time reader here, and it seemed so pessimistic, but I'm glad it was a happy ending. The nicest things always seem to come at the the strangest times.

    I'll definitely be checking back in!

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  7. lol, a lot of luck on mcdonalds, bro

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  8. superb post i enjoyed u r post

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  9. That's nice. Thanks for the kindness of totally anonymous strangers that help you out from time to time. I hope I'm that kind of a stranger too.

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  10. That was very nice of her, and of you

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  11. lol people are definatly not generally kind u got lucky bro

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  12. its good you have so mutch to be thankful for.

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  13. Agreed. Shit can always go south; people should be more thankful for what they have.

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  14. I am thankful that I am able to go to college and continue my education.

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  15. glad to see you can keep such a positive attitude in those situations. and it's even better to see you can notice these things you're thankful for and post them here for us to see.

    Johnny be good ;)

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