I am a big, believer in paying it forward. I like to tip well for good service. I even tip for coffee when all they do is hand me a cup. I give homeless people money. I like to think that it's going towards something worthy like food or family. I try and make it a point to always let cars over when they are trying to enter my lane. I hold doors open, even if I have to wait 5 seconds for them to get to the door. I donate to charity. It's never very much, but I figure every little bit counts. If I see a person in need and I am in a position to help, I will.
Well after my day yesterday, I owe lots of pay it forwards. Here is what happend.
First thing in the morning, I get an email from a lady saying she found my drivers license at Town Lake. I didn't even realize I had lost my license. I must have dropped when I went kayaking with Monty. I was in awe that she took the time to find out my email address. I'm not in the phonebook, nor is my website up yet and you can't access my email via facebook/twitter. As creepy as it is that someone can be found so easily, I'm still very appreciative. I later found ou that she drove to the address that was on my license to try and give it to me, but I don't live there anymore. Thank goodness cause that would have really freaked me out. However, she was incredibly nice. For that, I am very thankful. I owe you one nice lady! You may not get it directly, but a pay it forward will be done in your honor.
I received a second good deed that same day. However, it was one I could have done without. I'm driving along I-35, when all of sudden the ride got a little bumpy, and I hear "clunk, clunk, clunk." I had a flat tire. $#!* @#$$ ^&*( I'm in the left hand lane, so I pull over into the itty bitty shoulder. I am trying not to freak out as cars swerve and fly past me. I nearly caused a few wrecks that afternoon. What a nightmare that would have been. I would've had to tweet/facebook my own traffic report. So, I decided to call 911 because I realize I am road hazard. After just a few minutes, i'm escorted off the interstate by 3 bike cops. I'm not gonna like, in that moment I kind of felt like a "big deal." That didn't last long cause I still had a flat tire. Anyway, they changed my tire for me without complaint or hesitation. And I know it's kind of in their job description, but they could have been real a-holes about it. They were AWESOME. They were very friendly and made light of the situation. I was so THANKFUL. It would have taken me at least 3 hours to change it, and 2 and half of those hours would have been trying to loosen the bolt thingys.
Thanks Austin Police Department! I will pay it forward by being a careful, courteous driver. By this I mean, I won't flip anyone off when they drive like crap. :)