Douglas L Perry, The Author blog

August 21, 2010

The kindness of strangers

Filed under: Thoughts — douglaslperry @ 4:12 am
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Saw something really cool on the way home from work tonight. A old yellow Plymouth Duster (I remember when they first came out) was sitting by the side of the road on my commute home. Back in the day it was one of my favorite cars, though I have to admit these days, it’s looking a little old.

As I pulled beside it, the hood was up, and I noticed fire was burning near the left side of the engine compartment. I think at the same time that I saw it, the truck in front of me noticed it as well. He immediately pulled off to the side and headed for the burning car.

I thought about stopping myself, but realized that I didn’t have a fire extinguisher, or even a water bottle in the car, so I wouldn’t be able to do much other than stand around in the way.

As I continued on, another 5 cars behind me pulled off as well, the drivers yanked open their trunks, and came running over with fire extinguishers. It was the coolest thing I’d seen in a long time.

If this had happened in South Dakota when I was growing up, I wouldn’t have given it a second thought. Things like that while not commonplace, would have happened from time to time. Here in California, this never happens. Usually people are whizzing by on the freeway so fast that they don’t even notice people having trouble on the side of the road.

It was really great to see that kind of caring from people out here as well.


  1. Well, if there’s one thing us Californians will take notice of, and try to stop if possible, is a fire. Let one of those get out of hand and half the state goes up like a tinderbox.

    Comment by The Ignorant Bystander — August 21, 2010 @ 4:26 am

  2. Good point. This car wasn’t very close to the brush, but if it got big, well, you never know.

    Comment by douglaslperry — August 21, 2010 @ 4:49 am

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