Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday Five: People I don't know who make my life better

I could complete a 50 page paper in under five minutes on people who make my life harder and more annoying, but today is Friday and I will turn on the vitamin D lamps instead. Here are some people I don't know know who make my life better:

1. My morning train conductor. His name is Sean and he's the best. Personable, professional, and always there with a greeting, but best of all when SEPTA is fucking up, Sean gives it to you straight instead of not announcing what's going on. If the train was late he even gets on the PA system after every stop to tell all the new people why it was late. Communication goes a long way.

2. My friends at the Dunkin Donuts on 16th & JFK. I go there every morning. I never have to order, they know me and what I want. When someone new starts as cashier and asks me what I want, everyone else chimes in over me. We exchange pleasantries. I head to my office with a smile every day.

3. People who know and practice public transportation etiquette. They respect your space, don't clip their toenails on the train, know you don't give a shit about their one sided cell phone conversation, let the people sitting in the seats ahead of them out when the train stops instead of rushing out like they are very busy and important like the President of the United States heading to the War Room for a Defcon Whatever Number is Most Critical meeting.

4. People with great big uninhibited laughs. I don't have to even be looking at someone who has a great laugh to smile when I hear it. You're having a good time? Something is funny? I love it. Laugh it out.

5. Curtis, the shuttle bus driver at the park & ride. Also known as the friendliest man ever. He greets everyone effusively and considers them a friend immediately. Even if my day has sucked, I have to smile when I see Curtis grinning from the driver's seat, crowing, "Hellooooooooo young lady! How was your day? My friend my friend, come on up!!"

What relative strangers fill these five slots in your life?

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40 comments:

  1. Beautiful, inspiring post! I might have to copy this idea and do it myself!

    PS- people cut their nails EVERYWHERE in China. I just don't get it! I'm talking the bus, on the sidewalk, in the office, etc. I drew the line when a student was cutting nails in my classroom.

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  2. Aw this was so great!! I'd have to add the people who work security in my building - they always have smiles on their faces whenever people pass by and are always friendly - makes coming to work that much more enjoyable! xo, biana BlovedBoston

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  3. I have a guy at my office like Curtis who every time he sees me says "My angel, my angel how are you today" it is the sweetest thing and always makes me smile. People like that always make even the worst days better.

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  4. I love when folks at restaurants acknowledge that they know you. My local grocery store is like that. The deli guy knows how I like my sandwich and one lady in the bakery asks about the kids when I get to escape the house.

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  5. i love friendly people! there's a guy on my project who is like that and he's awesome. there are a lot of fucktards on my project but when he comes on the call, i always smile no matter how much of a shit day i've had.

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  6. Love this! For me, I'd say my office building's porter/cleaner. He is always so nice and pleasant and actually engages in conversation. And then the building's security people who are friendly and just walk around and smile/say hi. :)

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  8. What amazingly fabulous wonderful people. I love this post, I'm going to borrow the idea.

    The DD crew sounds so cool, I can see why you smile on your way to work. I love seeing proper public transportation etiquette, especially when a younger person moves for an older person, makes my heart smile.

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  9. Awesome people!! There used to be a LAX shuttle bus driver like that. He always remembered me - even after I moved! I love the security guys at (some) of our high schools. The ones in the roughest areas are always in a good mood and sometimes they give me bear hugs. At first that was creepy, but I think they're just so damn happy to see someone trying to do something good for their kids. In the "wealthier" schools, I just get screamed at for my tardy pass.... which admittedly can feel pretty good too.

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  10. I love that you took a moment to recognize these people who are part of your every day life, but aren't close family or friends! Very special :)

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  11. Awesome blog idea. I love the conductor and the shuttle guy. And the rest. Accentuating the positive is the best. Being grateful for it and acknowledging is the ultimate best. The more grateful, the more grace in your life. First full day with our Lola Jean the beauty queen. Grateful to infinity and beyond for all of our blessings. Happiest Friday to all. Love. Your. Momma LJ is sleeping like a little angel right now!

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  12. First of all, I love your mom because her comments on your blog always make me smile. And secondly I am pretty proud to say my dad was that guy. He was the janitor at US Surgical in Norwalk, CT for 26 years and he would always greet everyone and call them "Amigo!" I remember going there with him after he had stopped working because of his cancer and everyone was so happy to see him.

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  13. I love this! I have several people like this too. My deli guy at the grocery is super friendly and always whipping up combos and passing out samples which makes everyone happy. Plus he remembers what I like, bonus. My favorite waitress at the sports bar I frequent has my beer in front of me before I have a chance to put my purse on the back of the chair... with a smile! Food and beer... can you tell what is on my mind?

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  14. I love this so much! There's a student at this school that I don't even have in class that compliments me on something I'm wearing or my hair or whatever every time I see them & it totally makes my day.

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  15. I love this! What a wonderful reminder! One of my favorites is the guy at the meat counter at the grocery store I frequent far too often.

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  16. I love this idea! Getting great, friendly service and DD sounds like a wonderful start to each day. I love my work shuttle driver, Elizabeth. She's so friendly and fast and one time I told her that I was trying to get on a certain train and no one was on the shuttle so she skipped a stop and sped all the way to get me there on time. I'll never forget that. Sometimes you don't need to know know people for them to make a positive difference in your life!

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  17. your like Norm on Cheers at Dunkin Donuts :)
    OK... I'm showing my husband this... I am a LOUD & BOLD laugher & my husband always tells me to "SSHHHH" when I laugh. I cant help it - when something is funny to me, I laugh. Loud. Cant help it.

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  18. Oh man, I wish that more people understood proper public transport etiquette! I hate when people (especially men) invade my personal space when I'm on the bus. Sorry, I don't want to touch you in any way shape or form on the bus because I don't know you!

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  19. haha so true. There are a lot of people out there that make our lives better that we often don't directly engage with. and now, i need some coffee.

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  20. There's a blue line conductor I LOVE. He's just so happy. He gets on the PA and says 'happy humpday! Next stop Clark and Lake! Only 3 more days, we're in this together.' He has ones for every day of the week, it's too cute.

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  21. The girls at the sonic drive thru. every morning i pull up to the speaker and they say "just your two strawberry teas?" they make me smile.

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  22. This made me smile! Contagious laughs are the best.

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  23. Gosh, what a unique post idea! I love this, especially people with good transportation etiquette. Clipping your nails like that? That seriously happens?!

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  24. aww i love this! your train guy and shuttle guy sound fabulous. i love to hear big laughs as well, and baby laughs always make me smile too (baby screams on the other hand...). the only person i can think of like this is the security guy at work, he's very friendly. i also like people in general who practice human decency / common sense / etiquette in general lol

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  25. I love that you come across such friendly people everyday! I have friends with big laughs and they're always apologizing. I tell them I don't mind as long as they don't mind that I rarely laugh as big as they do. I tend to chuckle on the inside a lot.

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  26. Don't you love people like that who make living so much better and they don't even know it. And yay for friends at Dunkin, one of the best spots to have them. Happy Friday <3

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  27. I love that your DD people know you and your drink! So awesome!Big laughs are my favorite thing to hear too. I wish they were more contagious.

    For me? The person who drives by and flashes their lights to warn of an asshole cop waiting for you to do 45 in a 40 on our road. The person who lets you in to traffic without being an asshat. The receptionist in our building who always greets me with a pleasant smile and how are you even though we work for different companies. My cashier at Target on Sundays. I watched him go through college and now he is going off to UGA for his masters. He always had polite conversation, let me know what I missed in my cartwheel and gave me extra coupons.

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  28. aw, I love this post!!! So true and a good perspective! It takes a village to get someone to work not in a bad mood, nice reminder of that! And I love big, bellowing laughs as well.

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  29. Aw Curtis and Sean sound like people that make everyone's day brighter. We need more people like them in the world.

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  30. What a heart-warming post...a post idea I shall steal (giving credit to you, of course.) Amen to #3! Applause to all the others.

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  31. I love this post so much. What a great idea. I bet these people have no idea the impact they have on your day.

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  32. I love this post. I can't think of five off the top of my head but the first one I thought of was Leslie Sansone. No I never met her personally, however her enthusiasm and caring that comes across in her exercise DVDs have kept moving & fit. I have used other exercise DVDs but not one kept me interested like Leslie.

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  33. Carmine - one of the maintenance men at my community clubhouse, always a smile, always a "How are you, Sweetie?", and a "How's your little dog?" During the power outage after the hurricane, when everybody was there for the generator, he tended to the bewildered elderly people, kind and helpful, and friendly.

    "Walking guy" - I don't know him, but I see him walking around here all the time. Looks like a Nam vet, but too young. I've called him walking guy since I moved in. I found out recently he has a very serious heart condition, so when I don't see him walking I worry. When I see him walking and ask how he is, he always says he can't complain.

    A guy in a wheelchair whose Akita walks him around the community

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  34. I love this idea! Definitely going to think about mine...there are so many people who I FEEL like I know because they really do make my life better!

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  35. I love this post and I love the idea, I hope you dont mind if one day I copy it as well... and of course give you credit. I'm all about people who laugh with everything inside of them...that make me the happiest!

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  36. I really like this idea and the idea that all these people impact our lives in even the smallest of ways.

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  37. I love this post. I love how you notice this genuinely nice people just going about their day to day but in their own small way are making the day better!

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  38. YES! I love this. I saw you post this on Facebook the other day and I challenged myself to take note of the people I see daily. Most of them are other dog owners and neighbors since I work from home, but it was awesome to just take notice. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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