So I’m in Starbucks in Sacramento on Alhambra and N Street. I know. I know… ‘Phil how come you weren’t supporting local cafes that day?’ Well…I’m somewhat of a roving coffee drinker. I have many spots, but this particular “Bucks” location has stayed with me for years because it’s like that old 80′s sitcom “Cheers – where everybody knows your name” lol. Besides the baristas are extra cool. So sometimes it’s just all about the vibe with the people around you, and the vibe there is nice.
I am definitely developing a habit of getting sidetracked when I blog. Kind of like a dog noticing a squirrel when you’re telling him to sit. Some things are just too interesting to ignore. But anywho..
So, as I sat and sipped on my mocha, I heard a huge crash outside. Looked out the window and notice three cars crunched up from smacking into each other. Seems a lady driving an “old school” truck decided to slap on the brakes at a green light. Grandma in the rear seemed to recognize the situation so she kept on at full speed. And well, the poor lady in the middle seemed to get the worst of it sandwiched in between the two cars. I figured oh well… the street is crowded…people will help out…(RIGHT?) a few min went past and I started to smell smoke. Looked out the window and everyone was staring as the lady sandwiched in the Jeep, while she screamed, trapped in her car. Meanwhile, grandma in the rear was passed out. All I could here around me was a man shouting “I think they are trapped “and “the cars are smoking bad we should move back” OMG!!!!! What the hell what happened to: “hey those people are in trouble” or “hey we should help them get out”. It’s definitely times like these when you see 50 people or so gawking instead of helping, which furthers the idea that us as a society, have slipped further away from being socially responsible or caring people.
…. So I grabbed a tire iron out my car.. As the lady in the jeep gazed at me for help as I approached her window, I could see the relief on her face as she moved back and waited for me to do what someone should have done, before the smoke started to seep into her car. I broke her window and pulled her out. All she could say was” NOBODY WOULD HELP I THOUGHT I WAS GUNNA DIE” and gave me a big hug. Grandma was also rescued by some other great people who stepped up. And the folks at the local Starbucks where kind enough to play host and provide a place for the injured to heal up before emergency services arrived. All in all, it ended up well. Funny thing…that old school truck had no damage at all. Definitely thinking about getting one.