And just to give you warm fuzzies, the homeless traffic cop was rewarded by some yuppy in a Lexus who went so far as to lean all the way out his door to hand the guy a dollar bill. Ah, ain't America grand?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Things that make you go hmmm.... or, wahuh?
There has been a lot of stir-up in our little city where we live lately, and one of which is the fire department and various changes they have had. Their new chief decided that firetrucks and ambulances shouldn't go so fast anymore to get to calls because people were getting hurt in wrecks. Needless to say the public was a bit upset, everyone thinking what if I'm having a heart attack?!? I want you driving like your life depended on it!! But of course you can see the other side too, as most of us have been completely bewildered as this flying, screaming truck or car went whizzing around us while we try and figure which way is up. I'm not sure if that was part of what was going on but we saw this ambulance pull up to the intersection and it was hard to tell if it was waiting for the light to change (as that may or may not be the new policy, it's not quite clear at the moment,) or it could have just been stuck behind a truck who was just sitting there oblivious to the ambulance behind him with bright lights flashing and a siren blaring. So, who came to save the day you ask? Why, I will tell you. It was a shirtless, dirty homeless guy. He staggered out into the intersection and half-heartedly waved to just about everyone. It was hard to tell if he was trying to stop traffic or if he saw a moment for a quick cameo and decided to take it. He was still staggering around grinning at everyone when the ambulance's light turned green and it proceeded through the intersection- veering- so as not to hit him. Hubby and I just died. Kaiya kept looking around and pointing as well, not quite sure what was going on but she was going to be darned if she didn't join in on the fun.