Reader Laura Baedeker writes:

I felt compelled to write to thank the two people who stopped to help me [yesterday] when my car ran out of gas in the middle of Ashby — at rush hour no less! — just a block from the gas station (we have a diesel, so we’re often cutting it close to find a station, but never this close!).

As I was on my cell phone calling AAA, with cars blaring their horns, I saw a guy get out of a big pickup truck way across the way, and then run over to me to say he’s going to push me over. He tried, but the traffic was crazy. Another guy pulled up and yelled out to my guy, “Need some help?”

Next thing, I know they’d gotten the first guy’s wife to block traffic with the truck while they pushed me safely to the side of the road. All the while, AAA can’t even get my membership number right, and, because I was dealing with her on the phone the whole time, I didn’t get to thank either of these really amazing men for their gracious help as properly as I would have liked. If you have a space for this type of thing, I’d love to let them know how appreciative — and really, how blown away by their generosity — I am. Thanks.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Berkeley is a pretty good town to have a car breakdown or any sort of problem.  When I was
    much younger and driving VWs, the cars often didn’t start in the rain or would suddenly stall.
    Every single time, people would stop to help me push the car out of the road, or even push the
    car to a running start.  This took place between much laughter and huffing and puffing.  This
    might be one of the reasons that so many of us continue to live in this friendly town — where
    help arrives immediately and without questions such as “need help?”  People, strangers just
    get right in there and do what needs to be done.  

  2. nice.

    “I have always depended on the strangeness of kinders.”, to sort of quote Tennessee Williams.