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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #90 on: September 04, 2017, 09:56:26 pm »
People are still going the extra mile to help flooded or stranded people in Beaumont. The president of the Hovercraft Co. brought two of his vehicles from Illinois to help. The Coca-Cola Co. has a warehouse & told the Beaumont FD the building was full of bottled water & beverages but flood waters prevented most vehicles from approaching it. The Hovercraft owner & a firefighter maneuvered up to the marooned warehouse, broke in, & loaded water onto the Hovercraft to take to evacuees.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/coca-cola-lets-men-steal-water-in-flooded-texas-city/ar-AArgs8p?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp

And a couple whose wedding was postponed by the storm had planned a dinner for their family & friends, & they had the food sent to evacuees & helped prepare the meals

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/hundreds-of-people-displaced-by-hurricane-harvey-fed-after-couple-postpones-wedding/ar-AArghsp?li=AAk6ORB&ocid=spartanntp
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #91 on: September 05, 2017, 12:35:30 pm »
BLT for breakfast, most of my patients cancelled their appointments this week, the days are starting to get shorter & cooler, and I have a 4 layer fudge cake in the kitchen. 

So often, it's the little things. :)
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #92 on: September 06, 2017, 12:30:55 am »
Indeed, the little things can be the real feel-good things! 8)
 

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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #93 on: September 14, 2017, 02:09:57 am »
Indeed, the little things can be the real feel-good things! 8)
But there are times when the big things are needed - and this immigrant to America is doing big things for folks in dire need. [looking for applause graemlin]
 
http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/meet-the-billionaire-immigrant-who-just-made-one-of-the-largest-donations-to-hurricane-harvey-relief/ar-AArScf3?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #94 on: September 14, 2017, 08:49:28 pm »
When I took my fifth graders outside for recess today, one of the girls shivered and said, "I feel really cold." The girl standing right next to her said, "I feel really amazing. It's because I have a hoodie." What a great outlook on a cloudy and windy day.
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #95 on: September 15, 2017, 11:37:56 pm »
As recent hurricanes approached, animal shelters had to be ready to take local pets that got separated from their people, who would want to find their friends later when things calmed down. That meant the shelters had to move out animals already there. Shelters in other states offered to take in the “refugees” & FedEx & other companies donated planes & pilots to fly them from the hurricane areas. They weren’t taking pets belonging to Texas or Florida storm evacuees, but ones already awaiting new homes, which now would be in other states.

One of the lessons of H. Katrina in 2005 was that people & their pets need each other, & many victims refused to evacuate without their pets while others fled & never saw their critters again. Millions of people saw or read about the boy of maybe 8 who begged to take his dog Snowball on the evacuee bus from the New Orleans Superdome. Rescuers made him leave the dog, & the kid was inconsolable & cried so hard that he threw up. The forced separation of people from pets, who in some cases were a person’s family or best friend, prompted laws requiring disaster planning to include pets.

In this story, the Miami Heat & Golden State Warriors pro basketball teams in Miami & the Bay Area provided sendoff & reception committees for critters leaving Florida for new homes in California.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Warriors-irma-hurricane-dogs-cats-zaza-12201436.php#photo-14119402

Here’s another story about folks doing a good deed. An elderly woman in Petaluma (a medium size town about an hour north of San Francisco) accidentally activated her emergency med-alert device. The FD was sent out, found that she was fine & had set off the signal by mistake. She said her son was coming to cook for her, so the firefighters made her dinner. (Petaluma is a fairly quiet place, so they probably counted on not getting another emergency call – in San Francisco or San Jose or Oakland, there’s no way they could have done this).

http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Petaluma-first-responders-whip-up-dinner-for-12201232.php
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #96 on: October 02, 2017, 08:08:45 pm »
I’m not sure about the rest of the Nauvoodles, but it made me feel good to watch the new season of Poldark last night. Prior to the first episode of the new season, there was an hourlong program called “Revealing Poldark” which pretty much brought the viewer up to date on the previous two seasons.

I am a happy camper.
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #97 on: October 03, 2017, 05:45:13 pm »
Keep on camping happy, palmetto_gal!  8)

I lied when I said that first responders in the big cities (I picked on San Francisco, Oakland, & San Jose) wouldn’t have time to help someone involved in one of their emergency calls, the way firefighters in Petaluma had done. This story appeared just a few days later – as if to tell me, “You lied." ::)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fire-Department-medics-help-visually-impaired-man-12242311.php
 

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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #98 on: October 03, 2017, 10:39:01 pm »
See, Puerto Rico is getting help. Private pilots are flying small loads of emergency supplies in & leaving with pets to be placed for adoption on the mainland. They aren't C5 Galaxies, but at least they have food & water aboard. Just as with those evacuated from H. Harvey & Irma, these are critters that were already in line to be adopted, not those displaced or separated by the storm from their people who might go looking for them later.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/volunteer-pilots-are-flying-planeloads-of-dogs-and-cats-out-of-puerto-rico/ar-AAsRmUR?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp&ffid=gz

Thank heaven someone is helping these disaster survivors. What would we do without good private & religious groups that just go help & don't make insensitive jokes about the folks they are helping? Now that it's a new month, I have more money that I can donate too.

https://www.lds.org/church/news/brief-calls-e-mails-relieving-relatives-of-mormons-caught-in-puerto-rico-mexico-disasters?lang=eng

https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/09/27/catholic-charities-usa-knights-among-agencies-sending-aid-puerto-rico/
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #99 on: October 04, 2017, 03:21:10 am »
Sometimes, feel-good episodes happen at the worst of times, & we see how well some people act in the face of disaster or terror. So a thumbs-up to the people at Signature Flight Support & Allegiant Air, both at McCarran Int’l Airport, & Station Casinos, for doing what they could for folks affected by the tragedy.

For those who know the city only slightly, as I do, maybe you can picture I-15 & Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) running parallel, the Luxor & Mandalay Bay hotels between them, & then the edges of the airport. I picture the concert venue being on an open area east of the Luxor & Mandalay Bay, with the airport just east. The Mandalay Bay complex is humongous, several acres I'd guess.

Hundreds of panicked people ran from the hotel area toward the airport, broke down the fences & got onto the field, which was one reason the airport was closed for takeoffs & landings for a few hours. (The other being potential danger to aircraft). Some took refuge at Signature Flight Support near the west side of the airport, while others got all the way to the east side and the Allegiant maintenance base. Employees at both places fed them, gave them blankets, clothes, & a place to stay while hell was breaking loose to the west.

Allegiant Air & Station Casinos are now providing free travel & lodging to victims’ relatives who need to get to Las Vegas to be with their family members or make the somber arrangements to get them home.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/the-strip/mccarrans-fence-breached-by-people-fleeing-las-vegas-strip-shooting/
 

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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #100 on: October 04, 2017, 07:04:30 pm »
OK, so here is a multi-part personal event of both miracles and goodness in humanity and even the occasional corporation.

Nearly a month ago we ordered a bagger we could scarcely afford for our riding mower.  It was expensive, but it was the only one that worked with the mower and we are getting desperate.  Financed it on the Home Depot card, and a few days later we got a notice that it was ready to be picked up by the shipper and should be delivered around the 13th.
In Georgia.  Right before the hurricane.
A day or two later we got a notice that the estimated delivery was changed to the 17th, but then the updates stopped.  The status then hung in limbo, saying 'ready to be picked up by shipper' for the next 2.5 weeks.  So last Thursday I called Home Depot.  I told them I wasn't mad, because I figured it was the hurricane that messed things up, but we really needed the bagger, and could they check on it?  The guy on the phone was awesome.  No excuses, no hemming or hawing, he just opened an ETA case (basically an investigation to find it) and credited me $75 without me even complaining.  Then Monday another Home Depot rep called me back and explained that they had finished their investigation, and they couldn't find the bagger.  It had been ready to go, then hurricane, and they couldn't find it and now they were out of stock and were we in a hurry?  I said yes, we needed it quite a lot, so she told me that since the item was lost and they were out of stock, they were cancelling the order and refunding my money, and then giving us a gift certificate for the full price of the mower so we could buy it again when it came back in stock.
I was so blown away that it took me a few times of repeating her back to fully comprehend it.  You mean, just because it was late due to a natural disaster not your fault, you are not only returning our money, but basically paying us another $350 to buy it?!  Yes, that's what they did.
And then this morning I got a notice it was back in stock, so I took that gift certificate and bought the bagger, paying only the $20 in sales tax.
I am blown away.  God knew how much we needed that money.  Home Depot didn't.  But God works through good people.
 
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« Reply #101 on: October 30, 2017, 09:54:12 pm »
Another pro athlete being a good community member. Thanks, Klay Thompson. 8)

http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Warriors-Klay-Thompson-ups-donation-to-12318605.php
 
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Re: The Feel-Good Thread
« Reply #102 on: November 11, 2017, 07:39:35 pm »
Way back on Page 1 of this thread, in April 2016, I wrote about a 1956 disaster that never happened when a Pan Am (now, there’s a name out of the mists of lore & legend) flight left Honolulu for San Francisco & the DC-6 lost two of its four engines in mid-Pacific, in the middle of the night, past the point of no return (too little fuel to get back home), but was using up the remaining fuel so rapidly that it wouldn’t make SFO either. The pilot’s choices were to crash in the Pacific or attempt to ditch in the Pacific. Last year when I dug up the story, it was when I was looking for info about the Asiana Airline crash landing at SFO a couple years earlier that something like 306 of the 310 souls on board survived.

So anyway, the NYT just came out with a story about the 1956 ditching, because an aviation museum exhibit just opened to remember the first ocean ditching of an airliner with no fatalities.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/08/nyregion/a-miracle-on-the-pacific-53-years-before-sully-landed-on-the-hudson.html

Here's a toast to skilled professionals of all kinds that we sometimes have to trust with our lives, & all the times they've come through for us. [applause]
 
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