I will always remember the day I "played God." Michael and I had flown to
from the Big Island of Hawaii. After we landed we boarded a bus that will
take us to our destination close to the end of the bus' route. We were the first
Typical in all of
public buses is a mechanized slot near the driver's seat. One either hands a
pre-paid pass to the driver or inserts
dollar bills into the slot. Honolulu
Somehow, I managed to jam the slot's mechanism when I inserted my bills. The driver, Michael and I did our best to make the mechanism work as the bus moved on and picked up passengers. The bus driver had a lot of hope.
Alas, the mechanism just would not cooperate. Frustrated passengers tried to hand their money to the driver who refused to accept them. He said he would be violating office policy if he took money.
From the airport to where Michael and I got off the bus near the end of the bus' destination, every passenger who got on the bus rode for free.
Michael kept smiling throughout the ride even as the bus driver kept throwing looks my way that clearly showed the consternation on his face.
As soon as we got off the bus, Michael finally burst out laughing. With a twinkle in his eye, he said: "You blessed a lot of people, today."
He chose to look at things that way.
|Michael M. Murphy III|
(June 28, 1944 - May 26, 2006)
- Ariel Murphy