I was walking home tonight. Had a nice one at the bar. Met my friends. Had a nice time.
Paid the bar bill (Goodness! Was that a STEEP one!
) and was walking home. Cold. Wind was blowing, so it made it double cold. Was really wishing for a cigarette and cursing the fact that I'd quit (
) and at the least was wishing for a slug of whiskey/Rum.
I stopped at a roadside ATM to pick up cash so that I could buy some beer at the gas station. While I was struggling through the system (plus, the stupid Card wasn't American, so it never really worked properly), I see a guy stop by me. He's wearing pretty much just a shirt and a pair of jeans. I can see that he's feeling REALLY cold but he's trying his best to hide it.
After three tries at the ATM, I mutter a few oaths and give it up.
And he then says:
"Hey man! Ummm.. I hate to be a bother but I was wondering if you know anyplace where I can call a cab?"
Turns out that he's missed his ride home (about 10 miles away). I re-assure him and whip out my cell phone to call a cab. I try four cab companies I know (and also one I spotted off a pasing cab which I DIDN'T know). The minimum waiting time for a cab is 3 hours. Kinda expected this being New Years....
THREE HOURS?! What are we to do till then? While deciding this, I take of my coat and hand it to him. Guy is embarrased to hell but I tell him "It's ok. I got a sweatshirt underneath. Besides, all that liquor makes me feel a bit warm". So we try hailing a few cabs that are passing the street. None of them stop.
It's getting more and more frustrating. He then starts taking off his coat.
Me: "What are you doing?"
Him: "Naw dude! I think I'll just walk back home"
Me: "In this weather? You die from hypothermia before you even get half way there!"
So I made a choice on the spot
"Come home! I got a spare room, a bed and some sheets"
He couldn't believe it.
Anyway, cutting it short - he's sleeping in the spare room right now. And as I sit here, I think....
What was I thinking? Picking a complete random stranger off the street and letting him into my house! At 4 am in the morning! Why didn't I think of these things before
I offered him a room in my house?!!!!!
So, am I stupid or just plain crazy?