“Hey, I’m going to do my best to push you out of here, OK?”
“Uh, yes, thank you, thank you very much.”
Hence was the start of a .93 mile bumper push. There was no rehearsal, no previous experience, no instructions and yet here we were, stunt driving. It started as I was driving on the freeway and singing with Pitbull I’m heading into a tunnel and my car is losing speed despite my me flooring it. 70mph, 40mph, 10 mph and my car stops 30 feet inside the Caldecott tunnel just as Pitfall says “Fireball” choreographed to the music, a guy jumps out of the passenger side of the car behind me. Next thing I know, it is like a fast and furious movie, the car behind me is pushing me out of the tunnel. The female driver pushing my car with her car looks as terrified as I feel. Once out of the tunnel the guy has half his body leaning out of the passenger side window motioning to oncoming traffic to let us cross 4 lanes safely onto the side of the road.
Things went right for this to be a heroic tale rather than a tragic footnote of an incident in a dark tunnel. The passenger in the car was behind me had the knowledge and confidence that I could be pushed out of the tunnel by another car. This couple had a capacity to help someone else with notable risk to themselves in bumper pushing a car across 4 lanes of traffic with cars speeding by in excess of 70 mph. I heard Linda Wertheimer of NPR say this about George Herbert Walker Bush – ..”.maybe you didn’t agree with his politics all the time, but you could never, ever regret knowing him.” Yesterday, when strangers came to my rescue, I was reminded of Bush’s vision for a ‘kinder and gentler nation.” This week,in a world where you can be anything, be kind.