Truth Frequency Radio
Chris Geo
Sep 13, 2013

As many people know my primary business is flood restoration. I drove to Boulder to help out with some flooded homes yesterday and the roads were closed to get back to Denver.  I worked until about one in the morning as the situation got worse but my last client offered me their spare bedroom and a change of cloths for the night. I was touched by his offer but decided to try to press on and get back to Sheree. The roads were like rivers and every time I thought I could make it to a highway I would come to an impassable point in the road. To make matters worse,  I forgot my check card but I at least  had a good amount of cash so I wasn’t worried about it until I realized that all of the gas stations were closed and I was down to 1/16th of a tank.

I saw two Arabic guys pumping gas so I asked if they would use their card in exchange for the cash. English was apparently a second language to them so there was a bit of a communication barrier One of the guys started pumping the gas and would not take my money until I filled up. I tried to give him the money again and he said “just call me tomorrow and pay me, keep your cash”. I explained I had a couple of hundred dollars and the need for his assistance was not due to a lack of money but rather lack of a check card. I gave him the money and a hug.

I love to give but I rarely ever take. I hate imposing on people or asking for favors. As I left I wanted to cry because people were so caring for each other in a natural disaster that will be considered as bad as Hurricane Sandy or Hurricane Icke. The flooding was bad, the roads looked like rivers and basements were filling with three feet of water. And in the midst of it, total strangers come together.

Boulder seems to be a city of amazing people. While the streets were flooding, a lot of people were out walking their dogs, playing in the rain and it seemed like EVERYWHERE, groups of people were laughing, walking around with flashlights and taking pictures of themselves in knee deep water next to street signs. No one was panicked or freaked out despite the fact that they potentially faced total destruction of their homes. I even went door to door handing out my cards and people greeted me with a smile and joked about having several feet of water in their basement. And then the kindness of these two Arab guys who barely spoke English. Despite the anti-Arab rhetoric and all of the bad looks and stares they’ve endured in the last ten years since 911, they helped a total stranger without a hesitation and even went so far as to say “keep your cash and pay me later”.

My faith in humanity was really renewed yesterday and I saw the human spirit at its finest. Just imagine, your house is flooded, you can’t get to the grocery store and water just keeps pouring in. So what do you do? Do you panic, grab your guns and start heading for the hills? Or do you laugh it off, splash around in the rain and set out to help strangers in need of a gasoline, food, shelter and help getting their cars out of the water? The people of Boulder are a great example of what the human spirit is capable of.