Earlier this week, I pulled into the parking lot at my local supermarket. At the spot right next to mine was a middle aged man standing in front of his car, talking on his cell phone with the car's hood up. Seemed obvious to me he was having car trouble. I asked him if he needed help, a boost or anything, he eagerly said yes, told the people on the phone (AAA) that a good samaratin finally showed up and that he wouldn't be needing them any longer. It turned out his battery was dead and all he needed was a jump to get it going-he had his own cables and knew how to use them and it only took 5 minutes out of my life (got back in my car, backed it up-popped my hood, pumped the gas a few times) to help him out. He said that I was the first person to pull into that lot to ask him if he needed help-he even said he had asked 2 people if they would give him a jump and the answer was "no", or "I am too busy". He was very nice and very thankful. Now, I have had this happen to me. Once years ago when my youngest was a baby, my car died on a major avenue right in my neighborhood. I stood next to it with the hood up and the cables in my hand for almost a half an hour asking tons of people who were driving by if they could just stop and give me a boost, I even pointed out my baby in the back seat-the answer was no every time. After a half hour (I was waiting for AAA), a man finally stopped and helped me-he couldn't believe I had been standing out there so long and that no one else would help! I just don't get it-is it NY'ers only or does this happen in the rest of the world? Are we all so wrapped up in our lives that we are too busy or self centered to help fellow human beings? Do you stop and help if you can?