Sunday, June 26, 2011

Something unexpected

This is a little story I want to share with you all.

A couple months back, I was walking to Wendy's to buy myself a snack while the people at Best Buy installed a new radio into my car. On my way there, a man drove alongside me, rolled down his window, and said, "excuse, me, but do you know where Lowe's is?"
I stopped and apologized to the man, saying that I had no idea.
"Oh, okay," he said, "one more thing, though, I bought some food for a homeless guy around here, but when I came back he was gone. I've already had lunch. Do you want it?"
I blinked several times and took a step back. A complete stranger was offering me free food? Really? Was this a joke?
"It's not poisoned or anything," he said then offered me a McDonald's bag. "It's two double cheeseburgers and fries."
That voice from childhood lessons told me not to trust strangers, but there was honesty in the man's smile and eyes. It was a gut reaction, a natural instinct, which told me that this man was playing me straight.
I accepted his offer.
"Yes, thank you, sir."
"No problem. Take care now."
He drove away. I then looked for a place to sit down to eat. I opened the bag and saw that it contained exactly what the man had said. I ate the double cheeseburgers and fries and since I'm still alive, I think it is safe to assume that it was an honest gift from an honest stranger.

What was the most unexpected thing to ever happen to you?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A little summer reading

I love old dime novels. They're like little time capsules that smell a little funky and have been chewed on by rats. These books you see here, for instance, were unearthed from my grandmother's attic. They're probably not as sophisticated as the books I read for my English classes last quarter, but how can I say no classics such as James Bond, Jules Verne, and a cover of Yul Brynner as a robot gunslinger?

How about you? Do you have anything special on your summer reading list?