Lending Some Weight
--by cyctw, posted Feb 19, 2020
That happens often. After about 200 ft, I pulled over. I trotted back to the disabled car and saw a gentleman, who looked to have taken 80 laps around the sun, getting ready to give up on changing his tire.
I asked him if I could help and he excitedly accepted. He was having trouble loosening the lug nuts. I said how they (mechanics) tend to torque on the nuts way too tight. Fortunately, I was able to loosen them; I had to rely on my entire body weight for one!
After loosening them, I asked if he needed anymore help and he replied, "No, I have it from here. Thank you!"
My question to me (I often talk to myself:)) is always "why?" Why did I stop? Nowadays I find myself driving right by more and more. I justify it by saying, "they probably have a cell phone" or "they probably have some road-side service."
Turns out, this gentleman did have AAA, he just didn't want to spend the time waiting for them, but rather preferred to change the tire himself.
I hope this is a lesson to me. Sometimes just having the opportunity to connect with someone else is enough reason to stop.