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One time I rode up to the city with my friend to meet up with someone, because she was on her way to class, and she dropped me off on the way. I met up with this guy, and we took the bus back down to a suburb of Portland. When we got off the bus, I had to pee really bad, so I stopped in at Subway. When I came back out, I was completely ditched. Dude took off, lol.
To make matters worse, the bus that ran back down to my town where I'd come from, had quit running by then. The last bus was gone. So I was stranded outside this little strip mall, and my friend was in class for the next several hours. I didn't even have a phone at the time. So I was going in and out of this grocery store and using their phone to leave my friend voice mails, telling her what happened, and to pick me up on her way home. So in between calls, I was sitting on the sidewalk outside the store, smoking a hand-rolled cigarette [only had money for rollies]. After a while, this lady parks her car and comes to talk to me. I'd seen her go in and out of the store a little while back, and she told me that she couldn't stop thinking about seeing me sitting there looking hopeless, so she had to come back and talk to me. She was really sweet. She listened to my story and gave me a few bucks for bus fare, though it was useless because the only buses I could take would be ones taking me in the wrong direction. But she also gave me her number and told me to call her if I couldn't get ahold of my friend, and she'd make arrangements and do what she could to give me a ride back to the town I came from. Which is a 45 minute drive away if traffic is good.
Eventually my friend came and all was well, but I still think back to this day and it makes me smile that there are still people out there with kind hearts, who care about others, even random strangers who are just down on their luck.1