I scored $10 today on the way home.
I filtered my way up through an unusually long line of cars that were waiting at an intersection. It was also on a slight incline and more than slightly icy.
At the top was a van just spinning its wheels and not making any progress. So I set my bike aside and pushed him through the intersection. The light changes. I go back and get my bike. A woman opens her window and thanks me because the van had been blocking traffic.
I forget about it and head home. A few blocks later I see the van parked on the side of the road and the driver walking towards me with a wad of cash. I tell him that he doesn't have to do that, and that I was happy to help. He insists. Said he had been there 15 minutes and no one did squat. He said he would have still been there if I hadn't come by. People just went around him when they got an opening. He tells me to grab myself a bite to eat on him.
So I was happy to have helped the guy and though I didn't really need the money, I got a little treat for myself and the family with it. Feel kind of crappy about the other stiffs at the intersection though. Usually somebody will get their butt out of car and help. Yes, it was a bit cold today but still.
Anyway I'm hoping that at least of couple of people will treat us cyclists with a little more courtesy as a result.