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Originally posted on ePluribus Media; sharing here because it contains an uplifting story of a gentle expression of humanity. Reprinted with permission.

Health and safety concerns permeate almost every aspect of our day-to-day life.  Sometimes, these concerns manifest themselves in obvious ways.  Other times, not so much.  Sometimes, the role of health and safety is recalled to our conscious awareness through tragedy, violence or anger.  Other times, it is through the gentle gestures of a stranger who catches us off guard with his or her concern.

Below is an excerpt from a post on DelphiForums by a friend, Becca.  Becca likes motorcycles.  An avid rider, she's into all aspects of biking and pretty well informed.  The other day, she had an encounter that she thought was well worth sharing.

Check it out -- make the jump.  You'll find the meat below the fold.

Content has been altered slightly from its original text and formatting in order to better fit this venue. -- GH

Here's what Becca shared:

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Today I was out riding my motorcycle.  I was wearing full leathers, had a tank bag, I should have looked like I knew what I was doing.  I made a right-hand turn at an intersection and travelled down the road to another intersection and stopped for the light.  A man behind me blipped his horn once or twice to get my attention.  I looked back, and he was waving me to stay put.  He put on his hazards and got out of his truck.  He walked to me - with a pronounced limp.  He very politely dressed me down for A) not signaling my turn, and more importantly B) didn't look all around before making my move.  He explained that he has ridden a motorcycle for 40 years, racing, riding, just about everything you could think to do on a motorcycle.  He was absolutely right, too, about my inattention, and I told him so and thanked him for giving me a wake-up call.

Before we parted, I noticed he was wearing digital camouflage and a Marines T-shirt.  I asked him if he was a Marine, and he said yes.  I held out my hand and said, "Thank you for your service."  He smiled and headed back to his truck.

Thinking about it, that was a fantastically nice thing for someone to do.  It took guts and it took smarts.  It probably also took a loss of someone who also rode, but I don't want to think about that.  I'm just thankful that such people exist.

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With all the griping, sniping, angry sign-carrying, name calling, conspiracy theorizing and incitement-inducing going on out in the world today, there are still those among us who take the time to look out for others and to speak their mind.

There's still hope for us -- as a nation, as a race and for life on earth.

We just have to get used to the thought of being more like the Marine who stopped to talk to my friend.

In the comments, please share any encounters or experiences you have had that helped to remind you about basic health and safety concerns, or illustrate how the good intentions others may have brightened your day (or week, month, year, life, etc.).

On another note, some sad news: Dupa T. Parrot -- a.k.a. George Brickner -- has passed away.  George, through his online role as Dupa, served as the source of several posts that appeared on ePluribus Media over the years, and often shared such tidbits for discussion among his friends on Delphi. He will be sorely missed.

Originally posted to GreyHawk on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 08:04 AM PST.

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  •  good intentions (4+ / 0-)

    Maybe it's still early. Been watching for comments.

    Maybe it doesn't happen often enough for Kossacks to have experiences to post. That would be too bad. Guess we have to make them.

    I recalled a snotty little encounter at the grocery store recently, but didn't want to post it and ruin the mood of your diary. ;)

    The brilliant, liberal voice of Sam Seder is back! Free mp3 play, Free live stream, Free i-Tunes. M-F show. (Free for now.)

    by OLinda on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 08:32:17 AM PST

    •  Have you ever... (4+ / 0-)
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      cotterperson, OLinda, AaronBa, msmacgyver

      ...had one of those surprisingly pleasant unexpected incidents/encounters -- ever?

      I have -- I'm just trying to actually remember one.  They're not something most folks experience an abundance of.

      Lately, tho, I think we could use a few more per person, per month.

      •  a long time ago (3+ / 0-)
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        I was at a self service car wash, had my car parked near the trash receptacle and was cleaning it out. A guy stopped and offered to check my tires' air pressure. There was an air hose nearby. He did, and added some air.

        I eyed him with suspicion, wondering if he was trying to distract me while he robbed me, or put something on my car! LOL.

        He was much too young and handsome to be flirting with me.

        Turns out, he was just doing a good deed! :) I appreciated it because I don't have anyone to do those things for me, and I take my car in to have fluids, tires, etc. checked (for free though).

        Sorry I wasn't here to add this earlier. I had to run an errand shortly after posting.

        The brilliant, liberal voice of Sam Seder is back! Free mp3 play, Free live stream, Free i-Tunes. M-F show. (Free for now.)

        by OLinda on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 09:53:34 AM PST

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        •  OK... One From a Friend (3+ / 0-)
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          This was when I was living in Burkina Faso, in West Africa.

          My friend was traveling in Ghana, near the Burkina border, an area with no paved roads and little else.  The car she was in stopped running on a distant hill, nothing around.  Neither she nor her friend (the driver) was able to get it started.

          Eventually, an old man in traditional dress came along on a bicycle.  He stopped and looked in then engine compartment (the hood was open).  My friend and the driver paid little attention after initial greetings showed that he and they shared no language.

          The man reached into the engine compartment, fiddled with something, and then motioned to the driver to try the starter.

          The car started right up.  The old man got back on his bicycle and rode away.

      •  Sad state of affairs, isn't it. (2+ / 0-)
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        That there aren't more stories. Your diary has made me think though. I need to be the one initiating those encounters. I'll keep my eyes open for something I can do. Other than just being polite, opening doors, letting cars in, etc., seems the opportunities don't come up that much for me.

        Awhile back, I noticed a lady in handicapped parking and she was taking a very long time to get out of her car, seemed to be struggling a bit. I asked her if I could help in any way - thought I'd help her out of the car, and maybe walk with her to the door of the store. She said no thanks!

        The brilliant, liberal voice of Sam Seder is back! Free mp3 play, Free live stream, Free i-Tunes. M-F show. (Free for now.)

        by OLinda on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 10:05:13 AM PST

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  •  The kindness of neighbors... (5+ / 0-)
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    Our Animal Shelter Manager told me this story...

    An elderly couple had to surrender their aging dog. The dog was taken to the Shelter and given lots of TLC and the designation "special needs".  Our Shelter takes great care in placing senior animals so the dog's prospects were fairly good.

    About ten days after the dog was turned over to the Shelter, a neighbor of the elderly couple visited the shelter to inquire about the dog.  She said that the wife had passed away.  She wondered if the dog could be returned to the elderly gentleman.

    Our Shelter Manager asked if she could visit the home and make sure that the dog was wanted and could be taken care of.  The answer was a tearful "yes" and "how soon?".

    That evening the dog was greeted with a Welcome Home celebration from all the neighbors on the street.

    Thanks for the wonderful Diary, GreyHawk.  

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 08:47:49 AM PST

  •  I was lucky enough to survive the effect of (4+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, AaronBa, GreyHawk, msmacgyver

    not following those rules.  The operative word is lucky.  Your marine ROCKS!

    The community of fools might be small if it were not such an accomplished proselytizer.

    by ZedMont on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 09:45:20 AM PST

    •  Not "my" Marine -- ~our~ Marine. :) (1+ / 0-)
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      I like to think that most Marines, and most service folks, are appreciated for all they do -- and for soldiering on, whether in war or at peace, striving to make the world a little better regardless of the situation.

      I would hope that we'd all be so lucky. :)

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