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Old 07-09-13, 10:46 AM   #1
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R.A.K.'s

Random Acts of Kindness:

If you've done one or been on the receiving end of one, I wanna hear about it!

Today I put a box in a co-worker's mail bin filled with little items, such as nail polish, face masks, nail files, etc and a $20 bill with a note taped to it, 'For you to get something, Enjoy!'

She's going through divorce and had a rough night. I tried to do it in secret but she guessed it was me.
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Old 07-09-13, 10:52 AM   #2
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My R.A.K. is going to be to put someone out of their misery before this day is over.
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Old 07-09-13, 10:52 AM   #3
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Nice job Mango.
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Old 07-09-13, 11:54 AM   #4
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In the parking lot of the Home Depot last Saturday as I was getting out of my car, a lady in a Volvo pulls in and I see her rear tire is flat.

I pointed it out to her and walked on.






JK. I asked her if she needed help with that and she said she had never changed a tire and had no idea how to go about it.

It turned out that being a bit overweight was a good thing as her usual garage had over-tightened her lugnuts. Took 200lb. bouncing on the lug wrench like a diving board to get them loose.

Of course her spare wasn't fully inflated but it may have got her to a garage for repair.

I was impressed with Volvo's jack kit. Even had a pair of gloves to keep your hands clean.
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Old 07-09-13, 12:15 PM   #5
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i pooped in a guys pool after reading a sign saying not to pee in it
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Old 07-09-13, 12:21 PM   #6
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I think that like Fight Club, the first rule of R.A.K is that you do not talk about R.A.K.

That said, we have raised our boys to respect and appreciate the sacrifice that service personal make, whether they be LEO, first responders, or most important, military. The other day at Home Depot, my youngest saw a gentleman in a Vietnam Veteran's hat. He walked up and said "Thank you for serving" and proceeded to have a short conversation with the man. Told him that he wanted to be a veteran someday too. As he walked off, a man standing inline waiting to check out stopped my son and told him how awesome what he just did was. I have to agree.
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Old 07-09-13, 01:35 PM   #7
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I've changed a bunch of flat tires over the years, cleaned the snow off the sidewalk/driveway for some less able bodied neighbors, got stuff off the upper shelves for some shorter people in stores, helped a couple of truly clueless guys set their tent up in the dark at midnight (this included mentioning that the "extra part" was actually the rainfly) and some other stuff I can't remember now.
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Old 07-09-13, 01:43 PM   #8
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Some lady in the car in front of me at a Starbucks a while back pitched in $3 bucks for my coffee. More than enough and even left the change.
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I think that like Fight Club, the first rule of R.A.K is that you do not talk about R.A.K.
Yeah, I thought so, too. That's why I made mine up.
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Old 07-09-13, 02:04 PM   #10
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It's after 4 and I'm sure my bp is about 400/300....but no one is dead. I may have left a few unconcious....but this about as much of an RAK as is going to happen today.
I am going to the range and punch holes in paper tonight before I do that to a person.
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Old 07-09-13, 02:29 PM   #11
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wow, even this thread gets to poop in 5 posts.


RAK rule. I just watched the Grapes of Wrath (again) and the scene at the truck stop always leaves me with a big lump in my throat.


"Truck Drivers!"
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Old 07-09-13, 04:44 PM   #12
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i pooped in a guys pool after reading a sign saying not to pee in it
But poop has two p's.
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Old 07-09-13, 05:40 PM   #13
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Old 07-09-13, 07:44 PM   #14
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I was walking across the parking lot at the grocery store and a car drove by me with an almost flat tire. I followed it around to where they parked and told the driver that she needed to call her dad and get the tire fixed. I pumped the tire up with my portable 12V pump.

This being bike forums, I have a couple of stories that are bike related:

Many years ago I was on one of my usual routes that goes around our local airport. A car went by me with an almost flat tire, and about a half mile around the corner the car was pulled over on the shoulder. I stopped, asked the lady if she had a spare tire. She opened the trunk, I changed the tire, and she went on. It might have been a rental car and being near the airport she might have been visiting. The funny thing was that she never said a single word the whole time but she seemed to somewhat understand what I was saying.

Another time I was out on my bike and a van goes by with the hiss, hiss, hiss sound. I went up to the lady at a stop sign and told her that I would change her flat tire. I suppose a person in tight bike clothes doesn't look too threatening since there is nowhere to hide weapons. It took us a few minutes to find the jack and spare tire. The lady called her husband to come and help but I had the tire fixed and was gone before he could arrive.
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Old 07-09-13, 07:51 PM   #15
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Last time I took a pee in the pool the lifeguard shouted at me. Scared me so much I nearly fell in.
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On a serious note I was staying in a state park in Kentucky some years back, my wife and I ate breakfast at the park's restaurant and when we went to pay the bill we were told someone had already paid it for us. We didn't know anyone else there but the staff insisted the bill was paid so we asked them to thank whoever it was who paid it and left. Later that day we met an old friend there and, since we had a bit of extra cash having not had to pay for our breakfast, we picked up the tab for our friend. A few days later we found out our friend had been worried about how she was going to pay for her meal, but didn't want to disappoint us by not coming.

One time I was out on the bike and noticed a guy in full team kit stopped at the roadside. I stopped to make sure he was OK, and he assured me he was fine. A couple of miles up the road he caught up with me and thanked me again for checking on him. No biggie, but I guess you never know whether someone is stopping for a breather/food break/whatever or having a major mechanical.
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Old 07-10-13, 07:25 AM   #19
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I love reading about other people being kind...keeps my humanity meter up.

One time when I was about 24 with two young kids, I was a manager at a store around Christmas time. My boss came up to me on payday and handed me two envelopes. I thought one was a pink slip for some reason. I waited until I got home to open it because I was afraid. Finally I couldn't wait and opened it. It was a bonus for over two grand...I didn't even know we got bonuses.

That weekend I went to get my kids Christmas presents out of layaway early. I was waiting in line with a lady who had a young daughter and we were talking about how hard it is with young kids etc. She told me that she had to put the minimum down on hers just to keep it but she didn't know if she could afford to get it out before Christmas.

I got my stuff and started to leave, noticing her daughter down the aisle playing. I took a $100 bill out of my purse and told the little girl to give it to her mommy. She smiled and I walked away. Half way out of the store I heard, 'Ma'am!!!!! I can't take this.' She was crying. I told her that I had got a bonus I wasn't expecting and wanted to do some good for someone and that all I ask is that she pay it forward if she ever got the chance. She gave me a hug and then I started crying.

It was a good day.
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