Worst of times brings out best in Cobb residents
If traffic nightmares typically bring out the worst in metro Atlanta drivers, Tuesday was a welcomed exception producing countless unsung heroes who braved the winter elements in Cobb to help stranded strangers.
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#1 Jan 31, 2014
Near the end of my 8 1/2 hour trip home Tuesday in a 9 mile commute, I experienced 2 wonderful, life affirming acts of kindness. I chose to walk the last 2.5 miles home after speaking to a person on foot who claimed the line of cars stopped ahead of me would take hours to get past. Shortly after parking in a Home Depot parking lot, I encountered a resident that was bundled up for the Arctic. She had been contacted on Facebook by a woman who said she and her son were stranded nearby and she was going to retrieve them and bring them to her home where her husband and kids were preparing for the storm victims. Further on, as I walked down Robinson Road, a steep ice covered surface street, I was asked by a mother and some teens if I needed water and a snack. They were out looking near their home for stranded folks needing assistance. I declined but thanked them as I had a Diet coke and part of my dinner with me and was less than a mile from home. What great people these were, looking out for their fellow man in a time of crisis!
I never would have made it as far as I did if a guardian angel in a large SUV and not pulled up next to me during my tortuous drive to tell me to use my hand emergency brake so I could steer better and not skid so much. I had been pumping my brake pedal to little avail and was fishtailing back and forth like crazy at that point. The emergency brake grabs all 4 wheels and gives better control on icy roads.
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