Friday, December 7, 2012
Day 342: Gave A Cup Of Coffee To A Person Directing Traffic
Chicago consistently ranks among the worst traffic cities in the United States. It isn't uncommon to be caught in a traffic jam on the Kennedy Expressway well past 10PM. The inside streets are just as bad. In the Loop on any given day, you have to dodge your fair share of daredevil bicyclists, high-speeding taxis, aloof pedestrians, and the occasional plane crash. Keeping order of the transportation travails of millions of people on a daily basis isn't an easy thing, and because of that, those meant to keep the order get yelled at like they are baseball umpires making a bad call. I will admit, I have definitely been guilty of yelling a comment out of my window at member of the Chicago traffic enforcement staff, but today while walking around I realized just how tough the job is. Reason being: most of the people in this world are terrible drivers and/or walkers. Seriously! Just standing on the sidewalk and watching a busy intersection for 5 minutes, I saw some of the worst driving since Lindsey Lohan's last DUI. I watched as countless people stared at their iPhones and walked into traffic without even looking up. Now, I have much more of an appreciation for how tough a job that is, so I thought I would try to show it. So today, for my random act of kindness, I gave a cup of coffee to a person directing traffic. I don't know whether or not she was able to drink it because she hurriedly put it down by her feet, but if not, at least she hopefully knew not everyone wanted to honk at her or swear at her.