Day 573: Hockey star help

Sorry I’ve been absent for a couple of days. I’ve been good deeding like crazy but falling behind on telling you about them. I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow and will definitely try to get back on track!

So what have I been doing? Mostly helping out strangers with directions. For some reason, on even the most crowded streets, people zero in on me — the most directionally challenged individual for miles — to tell them where to go. I can even get lost with a GPS, for heaven’s sake.

So yesterday, a man stopped me to ask where to go for lunch … he felt like having French fries. That was a new one, and should have been easier because he wasn’t asking for directions to a specific location. But no. I mentioned a few places (even missed my light three times) but all of my suggestions were too “healthy” he laughed. Oh well, I tried.

I heard this story on the radio this morning and wanted to share it with you. Nice to know even famous hockey players are out there doing good deeds. Enjoy!

After crushing defeat, Brooks Laich turns good samaritan
Excerpted from tonic.com (by Marc Hertz)

If you’re a fan of the NHL’s Washington Capitals, you’re probably in a pretty sour mood these days. The Caps came into the playoffs with the best record in hockey, then took a 3-1 series lead against the Montreal Canadians, only to lose the last three games and, therefore, the series. It was a painful defeat and one can only imagine how the players must’ve felt. Thankfully, one of those players, Saskatchewan’s Brooks Laich, didn’t let the loss distract him from being a Good Samaritan.

As the Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog reported, Mary Ann Wangemann, 49, and her 14-year-old daughter, Lorraine, both dressed in Caps gear, were driving home after the team’s Game 7 loss when they hit a pothole and got a flat. Mary Ann called AAA and was told they didn’t know how long it would take to send them help, so the two were stuck on the side of the road at night, waiting, watching people drive by. As Mary Ann was quoted, “We were getting a little spooked. You feel pretty vulnerable right there.”

After a little while, an SUV pulled over, driven by one Brooks Laich. He asked if he could help, and with AAA on their way, Mary Ann just asked if he could wait with them. Laich, whom Mary Ann immediately recognized, certainly could’ve done just that, but instead asked if they had a spare tire, which they did. So, he took off his suit jacket, got the spare and went about taking the flat off and putting the spare on. After talking some hockey and finishing the tire change, Laich made sure they promised to drive slow on the way home, hugged both of them and left.

As Mary Ann said the day after the game, “When you think about what he was going through yesterday, just the disappointment …” then added, “given everything else going on in his life, I just thought it was really remarkable. I want people to know it.”

And now they do.

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