Am I stupid? Or just plain crazy?

  1. 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?
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  2. 53 Comments

  3. by   gwenith
    No you are human and guess what - I bet it does turn out OK.
  4. by   GingerSue
    ...because it's New Years.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    gwenith: Thanks. ANd I hope it does turn out ok

    GingerSue: Hmmm. Maybe you're right
  6. by   UM Review RN
    OK, Roy. That does it.










    You just made the "Nice" list for Christmas this year. :hatparty: May your kindness come back to you a thousandfold.
  7. by   nursemary9
    Hey,I think that was great--but also, maybe stupid!!I don't know--sounds like something I would do actually!!

    I don't know how it will turn out. let us know.
  8. by   jnette
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    OK, Roy. That does it.

    You just made the "Nice" list for Christmas this year. :hatparty: May your kindness come back to you a thousandfold.


    Quote from nursemary9
    Hey,I think that was great--but also, maybe stupid!!I don't know--sounds like something I would do actually!!

    I don't know how it will turn out. let us know.

    Yep.. me too.. I've been known to do such as this. And I applaud you, my Friend. Kind and compassionate gesture there, to be sure. Stupid? Perhaps.

    But more often than not, these things work out well, and you may have just found a new lifetime friend in the process.

    May your new year be blessed with the kindness you have just shown to another.
  9. by   DDRN4me
    Kindness and compassion are rare qualities, Roy...I,m not super religious but remember ..."whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me" May God bless you. This is why you are a nurse.
  10. by   Tweety
    ARE YOU CRAZY???? Do not pick up strangers off the street and take them home. I'm telling your mother if you do it again.

    Sorry, being kind is one thing and I know the media makes us paranoid, but you never know who you can trust to be in your home (I had some casual acquaintances spend the night once and one of them stole some jewelry), so best never to invite strangers home.
  11. by   PMHNP10
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    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?
    You are a bettee person than me. And if you are crazy...I hope the other guy's ok.
  12. by   GingerSue
    ...now phone a cab for him so he can travel home, give him some breakfast, there might be his family wondering where he is. And I'm worrying about you.
  13. by   z's playa
    Awwwwwww......cute. Well if he was gonna kill you you'd be dead by now. :chuckle

    Sounds like something I would do. I think it's great. Just don't make it a habit.
  14. by   phn92
    Roy, very nice of you, but I agree with Tweedy on this one!!! Please let us know when he leaves and you are okay!!!

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