Monday, September 29, 2008

One Stop Juju Shop

I went into this weekend expecting to do a lot of good for others. But what I GOT from others was much more remarkable. I had no idea Friday's post would evoke such an outpour of responses. It blew me away. Truly. Here I doubted, and the proof that chivalry is alive (if not a bit stunted), was all around me. So, thank you. To celebrate, I'm having a drawing. How's that for giving back? Anyone who commented on Friday's post, as well as anyone who comments today, will be entered into a drawing for a secret gift.

No, I'm not telling you what it is yet. But here's a clue: I posted a picture of mine not that long ago and everyone went crazy over it. So leave a comment, or a link to a post, about a good deed that you did this weekend or a good deed that was done to you. Keep the good juju ball rolling. I did a few simple deeds this weekend before stumbling on one I felt was more worthy of the challenge. It happened without me thinking of it being "the" good deed, too. Hoop and I were on our way back from the beach when we saw a car stuck in the sand.

The owner of the car, a middle-aged man, was sitting in the driver's seat looking a bit helpless. He was surrounded by able-bodied bystanders who were too busy ignoring him to help. The sad part was, it didn't take more than two minutes of pushing to get the guy back on the road. But he couldn't have done it alone, and the alternative was to call a tow-truck or wait for help. Who knows how long he'd been waiting already. The man didn't say much before zooming off. But I'd like to believe that he passed the good deed on to someone else.

We can hope.

Now your turn...

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At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Lisa said...

I didn't do the good deed - my husband did. We are having a gas shortage here in Atlanta and as we were getting some gas last night (after driving past many stations without any gas and a short wait of about 20 minutes when we finally found some) a teenager walked up to my husband with an empty gas can. He was driving his parents car (because his was at his home with no gas) and his parents car had run out of gas before he could make it to the gas statioin. The kid had walked to the gas station and was asking people to please fill the gas can he was carrying. He asked my husband if he could please fill up his 2 gallon can and my husband did. Not a huge deal, but it probably saved that kid a lot of time and trouble.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger furiousBall said...

you've posted pictures of hoop. if he's the prize, i hope he knows how to handle a chainsaw, my mom's yard needs some work

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Farmer*swife said...

Because I've enjoyed blogging so much and have found great friends who read me, get me, and that I enjoy reading too?

I just decided to have a bloggie appreciation day and everyone commented for several days to earn chances in a drawing. It was soooo fun!

And, every time I checked my comments/emails I would just light up. And, it seemed everyone else was finding a smile too!

So, I ended up giving away two prize packages (which, I'll be mailing in the morning) and I offered to send a little sumthin' to anyone else who reads or participated -- if they don't mind emailing me their address.

It was fun! And, I got the idea from you and jay. And, now you are doing another cool giveaway!

BLOGGIES ROCK!

Happy Monday!

[And, I think you and Hoop should totally do a dance like that!]

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger coffespaz said...

I commented on the first post, but it didn't take. Grr..

My synopsis of what I originally wrote is that I think you are right. There are times that it seems the selfishness is worse than usual...but kindness is contagious and you never know how you will affect someone if you do something nice.

You stirred the writer within...please pop by and see my blog too when you have a minute.

As for me...I will never stop trying to do something nice for someone else, though I will try to do it more often!

Thanks Tink! HUGS

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger J said...

I was thinking about your Friday post this weekend as I was running errands. While there was one guy who seemed to be aiming his car towards the squirrels that were trying to cross the road, there were more of these kinds of things:

- car ahead of me at Starbucks bought my coffee for me. I'd would have payed it forward, but there was nobody behind me
- guy at the grocery store was pulling apart the jammed carts at the store entrance and giving them to people as they came in the door. He didn't work there, but was just being nice.
- there was an elderly lady ahead of us at the checkout, so Mrs J. went down and bagged the lady's groceries for her while she was paying. Her expression was awesome. So, we stayed and bagged the groceries for the elderly lady in line behind us as well.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger fiwa said...

I played Tink - I have my post up on my blog.

Happy day, sweet pea!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Tink said...

I am loving these comments.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger TNC said...

I didn't make my husband go to the grocery store this weekend cause I know he hates it - does that count as a good deed?
Seriously though, your post on Friday made me think. And when these girls came to my door yesterday evening, I answered it instead of hiding in the rec room like I wanted. They were having a scavenger hunt for their church and I provided the pen that was on their list. They giggled as they left and I was glad I could help.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Maggie said...

this is beautiful Tink. Thank you! I'm going to go think long and hard and find some wonderful good deed to do tomorrow while I have my day off. Be back to share!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Mary said...

One that made me smile was this weekend we went for pizza and Clara dropped a page of stickers out of her book. These older kids tracked her down to return them, it was really cute (by older they were maybe 7 or 8). I know I didn't do it, but it was still sweet.

I let a chick cut in line at the store, but unlike the dork you let go, she was oh so appreciative...I also helped chase down a dog at the dog park that got out of the fence...

Not an exciting weekend, sorry ;-)

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger the planet of janet said...

my husband is the good-deed-doer too. he likes to help people in home depot or wherever (i think he'd secretly like to work there).

anyway, some guy was looking for a little cement mixer. instead, my husband took the one he had recently bought OVER TO THIS GUY'S HOUSE!!!!! and helped him set it up and mix up cement.

you can call this a good deed for the guy ... or taking a sale away from home depot.

whichever. ;-)

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Alex said...

How timely!

This weekend while I was walking downtown, I passed a man asking for spare change, a regular sight here. I answered with my standard answer, "I don't have any change," 'cause I generally don't.

He smiled and said, "What about a dollar?"

Even though I didn't have any cash whatsoever, he made me laugh, and I offered to buy him some food if he'd like. He liked. So into Starbucks we went, a tea for me and a sandwich for him.

Felt pretty gosh darn good.

A not so recent story: We don't have drivethrough Starbucks here, but when I lived in Hawaii, one of my favorite things to do (ESPECIALLY when I was short of cash, for real) was to pay for my drink AND the drink behind me. Then I'd speed away real fast before the car behind me had a chance to realize what was going on. Such an emotional high.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Gordo said...

I hate it when folks ignore someone who obviously needs help like that. We don't generally get stuck in the sand up here: it's more snow, but the principle's the same. I find it a lot of fun to jump out of the car and help shove a car back on to the road. :-)

Ain't that the way: just when you think the world's not worth saving, you run into a bunch of nice people.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger HalfAsstic.com said...

Gee. This is a bit long... it's an excerpt from a couple of posts ago...
Apparently I will take anyone or anything in to shelter through a hurricane including, but not limited to, stray dogs and a 6 ½ foot red tailed boa.

The poor dog was left here when his crumby owners evacuated. They left the gate open and left. Just like that. The other neighbors and I were talking about it and the fact that one sweet lady down the street had taken him in. This was Friday afternoon and Ike was due to show up that night. She was saying that her chocolate Labrador was trying to tear down the door to the room where she had the dog, so I offered to take him off her hands until after the whole dealy-o blew over. He really was sweet and well behaved, just scared to death of everybody AS IF HE HAD BEEN ABUSED. The deal was that the house next to us on the corner with the trio of sweet little girls was going to take him in when it was over. Of course the next day my daughter’s boyfriend left the gate open and the dog went in the backyard via the doggy door and promptly left. So, in the rain, John and I drove around the neighborhood until we found him and I got out IN THE RAIN AND CHASED AND BEGGED AND PLEADED AND CONJOLED, and yes, cursed, that dog into letting me catch him and haul him into the car, (where anybody would want a wet dog).

I then took him to the little girls and dumped him on them. They were delighted and I still haven’t gotten any evil looks from their mother so, here’s hoping…

Keelan has a friend of some standing…with her at least. Anyway, this kid has a large family with three cars between them and other pets involved and he claimed that there wasn’t room for the tank that accommodates the huge ass snake and, of course, not the snake either. Am I easy or what? NO. Don’t answer that!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Yay for you and Hoop! It sounds very similar to the give and take of helping people who are stuck in the snow in our alley in the winter.

Y'know what I've noticed? As I regularly and undramatically try to be nicer to people, I feel less stressed/crabby myself.

Over the weekend, I remember smiling and waving at more than one nice person who stopped to let me cross the parkway when I was out walking. Since it seems far more common for people to accelerate when they see me walking toward the crossing, this was memorable!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Queen of no man's land said...

As you know it was a pretty rough weekend,, so didn't really go anywhere to do a good deed..

I didn't slam the phone shut on anyone that was not from the Castle's House or giving me updates.. I kindly just asked them to call back later...does that count as a good deed?

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Alice said...

does taking care of my SUPER HUNGOVER boyfriend count? :-)

other than that, i was at a wedding all day saturday being drunk and enjoying the awesomeness. it was a whole mess of good feelings; there was hardly a need to pass on good deeds because everyone was so happy and passing the joy around already :-)

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Knot said...

People screw up the websites I create for them every day. I go back and I get it all straight in about 10 minutes. I don't get angry. Especially with the ones who are new. They learn, I get to know them better. Good good, get give.

Hmmm what else ... my kids both have strep so instead of being a pig headed male I call the doctors and make the appointments and take them to their appointments and buy the medicine so my wife can teach.

And I didn't beat any gay's or rape any Muslim women today either.

Knot

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Michael Knight Rambo said...

Nice to see everyone being so nice!
Thanks!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

CRAPOLA I missed my chance Saturday and I am too embarrassed to tell it....
BUT I will get it right next time.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger DebbieDoesLife said...

Here's my good deed: I didn't have power for 12 days (Thanks Hurricane Ike!)but when mine came back on, my guest room was used by friends and I did friends laundry. I was so happy to have power that I didn't mind at all!!

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger LL said...

Damn! You're canceling out all of the bad juju I've been promoting lo these many moons! :ewink:

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...

I am SO FEELING THE LOVE HERE.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger womaninawindow said...

While we were at McDonalds this weekend (rare - trust me!) and my husband finished up his love-to-kill-big-animals-burger a cute girl from the back brought him an icecream cone. Why? his hand frozen in the acceptance, hers frozen in the giving. (Was it just me or was I invicible? And were their hands touching?) Just because, she said, and she walked off with her pony bouncing. She made one fat in the belly middle-aged man happy for the attention. And his fat wife happy too! I ate the cone! (Don't think this is so much in the spirit but it was pretty funny.)

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Pamer said...

I drove two people home that were going to drive after drinking. I only knew them through some other people but no one else seemed to want to take them home, so i did.
i didn't really see it as a good dead until i read your previous post on Sunday. just something that needed to be done

thanks for getting us to think about doing good things and recognizing the deeds

Cheers
XO

 
At 29 September, 2008, OpenID kcinnova said...

I don't have anything BIG to share, just a little thing that makes a big difference to me and my outlook on life. I hope that it spills over into other people's lives.
I think I said this on Friday...I regularly try to think, do, and say kind things "to" other drivers while I'm driving. Waving them in when others don't stop, and if someone is on my tail, moving over and saying aloud, he/she sure is in a hurry (and thinking of those times when I'm in a hurry because I have to get home before the school bus does).
In extending grace to others, I am blessed. My attitude is much better and I am happier than if I had ranted and raved about having someone on my tail, or muttering about someone who is trying to nose into a line of traffic I've been waiting in. (My mother is visiting, and I prefer to do the driving---because she is a ranter, raver, and mutterer. Ugh.)

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

You know, it's not that I didn't try to find a good deed to do.


I slowed down when heading towards the entrance to a building just so I could hold the door for the person behind me only to have him walk past me and go to the next store.

I scanned the parking lot at the grocery store to see if there were any little old ladies needing help carrying their groceries to their cars.

I slaked a woman in the mall who was trying to juggle a couple of folders and her coffee hoping she would drop one of the folders so I could help her pick up the papers.

I drove past the city park to see if there was any trash lying around to clean up.

I walked out of my apartment this afternoon to walk down and get the mail just as my neighbor came out of hers. She had a garbage sack in her hand. Since I was walking right past the dumpsters on my way I told her I would take it for her. But, she's hot, so that probably doesn't count.

Anyway, I *AM* trying. I promise.

 
At 29 September, 2008, Blogger Reb said...

Alas, I didn't manage to do any deeds this weekend. I had a close call, a women in line in front of me at the corner store, visiting her kids from England had taken grandson for a walk and he talked her into getting a slurpee thing and she didn't know if she had enough change, but she did.

I walked up three flights of stairs to turn off/on breakers for tenants that don't know how (uh, yeah) on what my Dr. thinks is a broken tibia (the top of my shin bone). Do those count, it was work even though flipping breakers is not our job.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Peggy said...

I was taking care of my friend's poultry while she and her family were on vacation. It is quite common amongst rural people to do this. However, every couple of days, I'd send them a text to say that all was well back home. The day they were due back, I left flowers in the kitchen.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Anonymous SgtTwistd said...

Mine isn't really anything big either. We have a woman that works for us in the guard shack, that is in her early 20s and is about 10 weeks pregnant. Shes been getting vomiting often lately! Well, Ive been checking in on her and making sure shes ok and seeing if she needs anything. Ive been leaving some food for her, for those times that she can eat something and keep it down. She made a comment about my boss and myself, that shes not used to people actually caring about her well being.
Its weird to me, that so many people go through life without feeling cared about... Shoot I'll even feed or help people that I don't really like. Like that crazy woman, that you know Tink, that's back working for us on Wednesday nights.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Ginni Dee said...

This just makes my day! Tink, check out Fiwa's blog or mine. We've named this week "Tink Week" in your honor...we're trying to do good deeds all week!!

Thanks for the inspiration!

{{{Tink}}}

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Mike said...

Yesterday me and my 50+ year old boss were sampling monitoring wells. It involves lugging around a 100 lb portable generator. This is why it's a two man job.

I made it a one man job, giving my boss a much needed "break" day.

I'm sore.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger g-man said...

You posted a picture of your new car recently!! :)

I'm glad that there are so many "good" stories. I believe in doing my part and helping others.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger geenalyn said...

The other day i went thru all the books that the kids have and pulled out all the ones they haven't looked at in a really long time, and then i took them to the preschool Lucas went to last year. Its city run and everything they get is thru donations...i also included a few new books as well.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Terri said...

my "good deed for the day" yesterday back fired and I'm not really all the upset by it. For the contest does "the thought that counts" measure up? :o)

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Janet said...

I love what kccinova said! Such a great idea :-)

I did a good deed Friday when I ordered flowers for a sick co-worker...and I ordered exactly what I thought she'd like and she did! I also didn't cancel plans with a friend Saturday when I was really tired and wanted to (turns out she felt the same LOL) and we both ended up having a good time and a much needed visit.

And yesterday I got a great bonus, and some of it is going to where I got Max from, an animal shelter here in MA, because animals will be the first affected by the downturn in the economy and I realize I'm lucky to have a great job and even GET a bonus.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Tink said...

These are all fantastic comments guys! And yes Terri, the thought really does count. And Jay, consider it a good thing that you've been looking but can't find anyone to help. Maybe that means other people are being chivalrous too. You guys really are amazing people. Thank you!

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Newt said...

You are an inspiration to the world.

 
At 30 September, 2008, Blogger Pamer said...

I have another one...

In honour of Tink Week I bought coffees and hot chocolates for my co-workers. i was thinking of you Tink, and all the Pickled Beefers as i sipped my Tim Horton's double double.

 
At 01 October, 2008, Blogger jeanne_bean said...

Tink, this and the previous post inspired me and had me start my day with a sense of optimism. I was right. I learned my best friend is pregnant with a miracle baby. Another dear friend found out today that she and her DH will be adopting a baby boy on Friday (after three LONG years of waiting), and my good friend with cancer has a good prognosis. I can't ask for more than that. I'm going through all my son's clothes and washing all the items that are going to my friend's new baby. I also bought him some new outfits and I got supplies to "BOO" my neighbors. I hope my joy will spread through the office and community. Thanks for the kick in the pants -- I needed to become less self-centered. You rock, Tink!

 
At 07 October, 2008, Blogger YellowRose said...

Reading these have warmed my heart!!!

My little bit was done last week: A dear friend lost her mother, but instead of sending the usual flowers I sent her a herbal green tea spa basket to pamper herself a little bit. She's had a very rough time the last month and she needs to take a little time for herself.

What a beautiful inspiration Tink...this will carry on!

 
At 07 October, 2008, Blogger YellowRose said...

I thought of this too....My niece turned 13 and was having a celebration on Saturday at a place an hour and a half from where I live. Any other time, no problem, but at this time I am really sick with Diverticulitis and in lots of pain! But my niece and I have gotten really close and I didn't want to disappoint her by not coming, so I went to her party. It was worth all the pain to see her beautiful smile!

 

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