So awhile ago, my friend M (who helps me out with this blog) met a guy named Alberto on the 'el'. M took a really brave step that night and helped out Alberto, when he needed a shoulder to lean on, and was lucky enough to make a new friend. Not only is this story a great reminder of how much a chance encounter can change us, but a reminder that it's really important to talk to people and make connections with others.
Gchat conversation with M:
so i get off the train walking home.22:25 and i get to sheridan rd. while walking down granville, i notice a random girl walking past me carrying target bags22:26 meanwhile, i'm on the phone with my mom22:27 and she's annoyed at me and she's saying blablabla anyways, i hang up, right as i get to sheridan. there's a bus stop there. i look up, and in front of me is the girl with the bags standing still
22:28 she goes, hey, can you check on him i don't know if he's okay i look just passed the fence when i get to where she's standing and there is a man laying down on his bike kind of like he was riding it, fell, and never got up22:29 instead he just curled into the fetal position i go, sir are you okay? he goes, i'm okay ya I'm okay but i can't see his face, it's covered by his hand and partially by his hat i'm like what the ef he says, i'm fine, don't worry.
22:30 i ask if he needs anything or if he wanted anything if there was anything i could help him with he's like, no no i'm fine i'm just taking a break i'm like okay the girl is kind of scared and walks away i tell her don't worry 22:31 i kind of walk away i take 3 steps, and i'm like what the hell i'm not walking away i'm like, get up i don't believe that you're okay he's like okay okay i'm fine. i'm like where are you going he just says south22:32 he says, what's your name, i tell him then he looks up at me and shuffles up and scoots back on his butt and sits with one knee over the other, like he's relaxing on a bunch except it's cold and rainy i also got a whiff of the alcohol when he sat up
22:33 i'm like, can you get up he tries and eventually props himself up I'm like there is no way this man is in any condition to ride his bike I ask him a bunch of times if he's alright, if i can help him then he bursts into tears22:34 he's sobbing, waling, and just pouting.... "i'm sorry" this goes on for a good 10 min during which, i'm like, you're alright, why are you sorry. blablablha he goes, i'm fine. i'm fine. calms down22:35 and he asks me my name again and he would say 1 sentence in english then talk something that sounded like japanese and spanish blended i'm like, can you call someone do you need help
22:36 i'm not going to leave him the way he is22:37 and i'm starving and holding food for me and my brother finally, he's like can i have your phone number so i write it down for him he's like i want to be friends with you we need to talk and then he talked in gibberish language again
22:38 he's like, let me tell you something by this point, he's standing up in my face, and looking right at me. and he says, let me tell you something, i know all about you you, you're an arab how. how? how are you an arab?22:39 how are you arab? and still a nice person? how?
why do you care so much? i laughed, and i was like.. i don't know then he would talk in gibberish again22:40 he kept saying the same thing ocho koyo something something ocho koyo ocho koy i didn't get him after about 20 min of this i told him, how are you going home he says, i'm going south22:41 and told me some address, and i told him you can't ride your bike like this how about you take the train
so i sent him home on the train, and i have his bike on my balcony, i'm calling him tomorrow to come get it or he's calling me so yea. that's most of the story22:42 and while on the way talking to the train, he goes, how did we meet. i just say, "fate" and he stops walking, and says...... whoa.. fate. hahahahahaha
22:43 that's the story of me and my friend alberto i also talked on the phone to his church friend carol who told me he's not supposed to drink and wanted to make sure i wasn't raping/stealing/killing him22:44 and also asked how we had crossed paths i told her i found him on the sidewalk "fate"