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Rant & Rave

Times readers share their encounters with the good and the bad.

November 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant&Rave: Thanks, bicyclist, for knowing CPR

RAVE For the bicyclist who performed CPR on my husband when he suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed into the water at Kenmore boat launch. Bystanders pulled him out and saw he wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse. The bicyclist saw what was happening, rode down and performed CPR until the medics arrived. Without this person my husband would not be alive. The medics transported him to the hospital, where he received fantastic care including a pacemaker, and surprised his doctors by making a very good recovery.

RANT To the mom who dropped off her young daughter at the gym for basketball practice, then left before verifying that the practice was happening. When a group of us showed up later to play Ping-Pong, we found the young girl at the edge of the dark parking lot shivering and crying. It ended happily when we took her inside and taught her a new sport until her mom arrived to pick her up an hour later.

RAVE AND RANT Rave for the great music at the Nov. 6 Tony Bennett concert and to majority of appreciative fans. Rant to audience members who clapped after every short instrumental solo, obscuring the next few lines Tony Bennett sang, and to people taking pictures despite the signs saying not to, with the bright light of phone screens interrupting audience views.

RANT To all the obnoxiously loud intoxicated young princesses coming home late at night in our high-density neighborhood. Voices carry, and you wake neighbors with your rude revelry. Please be more considerate.

RAVE For the cordial, generous Costco shopper who intercepted me as I struggled on a cane while carrying a heavy return item. She carried the awkward product inside the store for me, and being in significant pain at the time, I was most thankful for this thoughtful, gracious act of kindness.

RANT To neighbors with heat pumps, pounding their basebass tones into neighbors’ homes and lives with penetrating low frequencies that vibrate their windows and walls.

RAVE To the ferry crew who came to my rescue and were so patient, helpful, and kind when my car would not start and I was upset at holding up ferry traffic. To complicate matters, my car is a hybrid and it took quite a while for them to figure out how to get it started. I’ll never forget how wonderfully they treated me during such a stressful time.

RANT To my neighbor who walks his large dog off-leash through our church grounds and doesn’t pick up after it in an area where preschoolers play, then yelled expletives at our pastor when she tried to tell him he should have his dog on a leash.


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