After my whiny post (but sincere gift) last week involving gasoline, I thought it best to follow-up by buying someone some gas. So, I drove my fresh smelling loaner vehicle toward North Omaha and found a gas station and started the stake-out.
After a while, but before the police were called, I noticed Tiffany drive up and get out of her car to get gas. Tiffany would be my random gas of kindness.
Tiffany is young (unlike Megan – see week 23) and had the standard look of puzzlement as I approached. My line, as usual, was to say hello and that I’m doing a weekly random act of kindness thing for a year and to ask her to do me a favor and to “be my week 29”. Before she answers, I just tell her that all she needs to do is take this (I offer the $50 bill) and that is it.
I hand her the $50 bill.
Side note…my son and I like the show “psych” (USA Network, Wednesdays at 10/9c). I think I sometimes share in the extraordinary power of observation that Shawn Spencer, the lead character, possesses. Allow me to demonstrate…
I asked Tiffany her name and started up some small talk as I secretly gazed at her vehicle and noticed her parking permit hanging from her rear view mirror. I asked her if she was a student. She said that she was, and that she attends UNO. Of course I already knew that (since I saw her UNO parking permit), but I acted surprised. I told her that I am also at UNO. Tiffany is a Junior studying Elementary Education in our outstanding College of Education.
Tiffany is from Omaha and attended Mercy High School. I didn’t know that. I guessed North High School, then Central High School. I had nothing to go on.
But another example of my psychic power was when I was quick to deduce that Tiffany works part-time at the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department…as she was wearing a City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department sweatshirt.
Tiffany was very nice and friendly…and it was great to get to meet her!