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By Scrymarch (Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 08:11:48 AM EST) Minimarch-on-the-train (all tags)
Non-ironic. Three strangers near trains with random nicenesses in two weeks.

First: coming home from local station with family. Long day of travel, tyke tired, so left suitcase on platform to carry tyke down last set of stairs. Random Englishman coming the same way said "Is this yours?" and brought it down as I was saying "Yeah, don't worry though it's ... oh thanks."

Thanks random Englishman! Your cricket team can go fuck themselves though.

Second: On the platform in town today, it's both stinking hot and humid. Boy from another family waiting asks a woman working for the railway where the nearest water tap is. She gives him a bottle of water from the fridge in the office, and gives another to Minimarch pretty much out of the blue. It is cold and refreshing. I guess the railway keep a supply tucked away in case people have problems with the heat while travelling.

Thanks random railway woman! Thanks railway!

Third: Elderly passenger walks past on the platform and tyke cheerily says hello. They have a short chat about trains. We discuss which platform her train is going from. A few minutes later, the grandmotherly lady returns with a Caramello Koala to give to tyke. (Caramello Koalas are caramel filled chocalates in the shape of a koala. Not, you know, syrupy marsupials.) Due to our organofascist parenting policies, Minimarch didn't even know what caramel was. He thought it was cheese at first. And wow, he must have charm phasers set to kill today.

Thanks random grandmotherly passenger! May your journeys be pleasant and conversational.

All is not rosy, there are woes to rail against, irritations to grumble on, and I do so. It's not that I handle them particularly philosophically, I just don't write about them very well. Feel free to interpret my illiteracy in such things as stoic calm. It's not every fortnight I get a triple shot of undeserved karma though. I propose a toast: to random altruism.

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Kindness Lottery by CheeseburgerBrown (4.00 / 2) #1 Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 08:52:32 AM EST
It's awesome to find yourself the winner of the kindness lottery, especially when it's themed. Trains are cool.

Stoics appreciate caramel more than the rabble do. That is why Marcus Aurelius invented dental floss.
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I didn't realise the stoic connection before by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #3 Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 10:31:53 PM EST
But it makes a lot of sense now. Caramel is indeed  meditative.

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Thank you. by toxicfur (4.00 / 2) #2 Sat Dec 11, 2010 at 10:42:51 AM EST
I needed to read a diary of good things happening this morning. :)
The amount of suck that you can put up with can be mind-boggling, but it only really hits you when it then ceases to suck. -- Kellnerin
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