I guess I am not alone - I always try and help out if I can.
The street I live on is off of a street that has railroad tracks right at the beginning.
I was supposed to be home earlier, but something put me behind schedule. I turned right to go over the RR tracks and had to go around a Sienna minivan stopped at the tracks. I look in my rear view about 100 yards further and notice the vans headlights haven't moved - odd. So I turned around at my street and go back. I stopped at the tracks and noticed the van actually has its front wheels on the tracks. I walk up and there is a late teens kid I guess at the wheel, and a van full of other people - and they are just sitting there(kinda looking clueless). I tell the kid to put it in neutral and I'll push you off the tracks. I also said to turn the wheel toward the shoulder(cause 30 feet backwards puts you in the middle of a 2 lane hwy). So I push the van off the tracks and it rolls down the little elevation the tracks are on and onto the shoulder of the hwy. As I am telling him to put the parking brake on to keep from rolling into the ditch he is next to I hear a train horn in the distance. As I glance in the direction of the train I ask myself "How close is my car to the tracks?!?!?" So I start running back to the Trep and as I cross over the tracks, the red lights, and the ding-dings start. I notice that the cross bar that drops over the road is dead centered on my hood. So I dive in and fire her up. As I put it Reverse, the bar starts dropping... I got out in plenty of time, but it was too close for comfort.
As clueless as the people in the van looked, I am not 100% sure they would have gotten out of the van when the train started coming. Much less think to push the van off the tracks.
I have actually had similar scenarios happen in the area I live in. Each time, something has happened out of the ordinary to put me in a certain place at a certain time.
I don't know about the karma stuff. And I don't do things expecting a return.
I think of it like this: If I never stop to help people, or let people out into traffic - etc, then I can't ever expect to have someone do it for me. I guess that is just a modern way to state the "golden rule".
Kudos to everyone who stops to help another
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