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04 June 2009 @ 08:10 am
As I was walking to the Samuel J. Green Charter School today, amidst drizzle, thunder and lightning, an empty yellow school bus pulled up to the side of the road. The bus driver called out, "need a lift?" I graciously accepted, and was very soon after dropped off at the front door of the school.
12 May 2009 @ 02:45 pm
Here's one that's rather overdue, but I believe it's worthy of a post:

There's a rather expensive po-boy shop near where I live, but it's still quite possibly one of the coziest shops I can find. A very hungry me, who is normally much too lazy to make dinner, has recently begun to frequent this shop. I love oyster po-boys.

Now, this one time, my order got somewhat mixed up, and my much anticipated oyster po-boy came out in the form of a shrimp po-boy, smothered with tomatoes! My server noticed soon after, and rushed back to correct the order.

When I had finished the (delicious) sandwich, I asked my server what she recommended from their dessert menu. She said, "Well, I'd recommend the Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting. But, in truth, I'd be more likely to go to your shop and get some ice cream." (I came in wearing a Creole Creamery Shirt.) "Anyway," she continued, "we're out of the chocolate cake, so I'd go with the bread pudding."

A fiend for bread pudding myself, I ordered up a plate. She insisted that it was on the house, given the mix-up from before. It was delicious.

-- Weeks later --

This same server wandered into the Creole Creamery during one of my shifts! I was able to return the favor.
25 April 2009 @ 01:10 am
I suppose many of my joys probably stem from pleasant surprises while waiting for the streetcar.

The streetcar all to often comes at precisely the wrong moment - just before you make it to the stop, say, and then not again for another 20 minutes. As such, I oftgen sprint after a narrowly missed trolley, in the hopes that a sympathetic driver will open the doors and let me on. However, this strategy rarely works, leaving you out of breath, and quite out of luck.

It just so happened that today (well, yesterday, really) a streetcar passed me just like this. However, a nearby person, driving a behemoth pickup truck pulled up next to me and said "Want to catch it? Hop in the back!" And so I scrambled into the bed of the pickup as he recklessly soared down the street, delivering me just in time (tooting his horn all the while) to the open doors of the streetcar. I jumped out, and climbed onboard, and all was well.

And I was applauded by a fellow passenger.

Thank goodness for sympathetic drivers!
09 April 2009 @ 04:51 pm
There was a guy on the streetcar today who paid for a transfer ticket that he didn't really need. When he got off, he gave it to me! Pretty swell, I think.
28 March 2007 @ 08:49 pm
Driving to the drugstore today, I saw a crate in the middle of the road, and cars had to swerve around it when they were going down the street. On the way out, I saw a runner stop and move the crate to the sidewalk so the cars didn't have to drive around it.
21 March 2007 @ 07:59 pm
Last week it was a lovely, sunny day - the first really nice day this year. Somebody wrote lovely messages in sidewalk chalk all over Newton Centre, so a few of us bought ourselves a disposable camera and ran around to catch them all.

Here are a few of the pictures (some of them are a little faint): WonderfulCollapse )
28 February 2007 @ 08:05 pm
Today someone in my neighborhood was ringing doorbells because they found a lost kitten. That seemed kind of nice.
19 February 2007 @ 01:26 pm
A few days ago, a pipe burst in our friend's garage. We went over to try to turn the water off (and ended up being pretty useless), but when it finally stopped, my mom insisted on making dinner for them, and my parents spent a lot of the night helping clean the water out of the garage.

I think winter creates so many little crises that in some way people are more inclined to be helpful. Anyway, it just seemed kind of nice.

Yesterday, we were in Quincy Market and wanted some fudge, but we couldn't find enough money to pay for it, so the lady gave us a discount, which was also very kind.
14 February 2007 @ 03:19 pm
my parents both have huge back issues. my dad gets shots every two weeks to dull the pain and my mom has always had a bad back. so snow is an issue in a house with a busy daughter and two pained parents.

today, our new neighbor brought his snow blower to our driveway and took care of all the snow. he then proceeded to try to do the steps.

mind you, this is not someone we're very close with. i hadn't met him before today.

“A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.”
-Winnie the Pooh

07 February 2007 @ 11:20 pm
the other day, my friends and i were all sleeping over.

one of my friends was sick and forgot to bring a sleeping bag. another friend let him borrow her sleeping bag and just slept under a blanket.

that was a nice gesture.

here's another

one of my friends and i were walking down the street near cleveland circle with 3 pizzas. There was an old man by the side of the road, very cold and very homeless, begging for money. We gave him 2 pieces of our pizza and he said "thank you"