Last week turned out to be a week of good deeds and karmic payback.
I stopped for gas on Wednesday and noticed a Starbucks card on the ground next to the pump. It had a small hole in one corner, so I expect it was attached to someone’s key ring. Sadly, a crack meant the hole was more of a notch and thus not very good at remaining attached to a key ring.
I sent them a direct message with the numbers and a couple of days later they sent me a Starbucks gift card via email. Hopefully the owner of the card had registered it on the Starbucks website so that Starbucks can issue them a new card.
While out at lunch on Thursday I found someone’s building pass. I kept my eyes open but didn’t see them in the area, so I hunted them down with the help of a friend who works in the same department the pass’ owner does and determined that they worked in one of the buildings near mine. I headed over to their building and turned the pass in to the guard who thanked me and commented that the owner had just reported it as missing. They called me back later and thanked me personally, which was a nice touch. I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago and someone working in the same building found it can returned it to me, so there was a bit of karma payback there.
While dragonboating on Saturday, I saw someone in the water next to their C1 sprint canoe about 500m upstream of us. This wasn’t terribly surprising as there was a bunch of C1s on the water and a motor boat with a coach in it scurrying around doing the coaching thing. I assumed he would probably go help the paddler in the water get back into his boat, but I kept my eye on him just in case.
A couple of minutes later we were getting closer to the paddler in the water so I pointed him out to our coach and we pulled up beside him. Our coach asked him if he wanted some help and he said “oh no, I don’t want to interfere with your practice”, which was dismissed by the team. He got himself sorted out by which time the little motor boat pulled up and apologized for taking so long to get to him. The rest of our practice was relatively uneventful and our mock race against the other dragonboats practicing at the end of the session went really well.
Many years ago I was canoeing with a friend and we tipped at almost the same point in the river at the C1 had. Fortunately for us, a passing motorboat fished us out and helped us on our way. It took a while, but I can finally put a tick next to that item on the karma debt list.
Not bad for a week, eh?