Saturday, July 30, 2005

Cracking a Cynic's Shell

I'm a cynic.

It's true, I know you would hardly have guessed from my posts here, but I really am cynical.

However, once in a while, something happens that restores my faith in the human race.

At the end of yesterday's post, I cynically joked that maybe someone wanted to send me some Gamecube games, for free. Let me be totally clear on this, I was joking, not even half serious. After all, it would never happen. No one gives anything to anyone else for free, especially not just for the sake of it. My cynical viewpoint tells me that 9 times out of 10, if someone does you a good deed, chances are it's because they want something.

So, this morning, before I hit the hay, I decided to check my new email address, the one I set up purely for this blog.

I was surprised and astonished to find an email from Mike (Check out his blog, it's one of my favourites), that simply said he got some free Gamecube games from work, and his other half Cindy, (The author of another of my favourite blogs) can get free shipping through her work, so would I like them?

What I found even more amazing is that this email was sent on Wednesday, two days before my last post. In other words, it was completely out of the blue. I didn't ask Mike for anything...he just offered.

Now sending someone something you got for free, when shipping is free as well, might not seem like a hell of a lot to some people. However, bear in mind that I only know Mike and Cindy through their blogs...they only know me through mine.

It means one hell of a lot to me.

The fact that someone is willing to put themselves out to do a big favour for a virtual stranger, just because they think it's a nice thing to do, really does restore my faith in the human race.

I may seem to be going a little over the top here, but it's a nice thing to know that, in this cynical world we live in, there are still people who are willing to do things for people, just because they want to.

Well, Mike and Cindy, if I ever find myself in LA, the beers are on me!


Ashley said...

nice blog you have here as well...the title greatly amuses me!

Vicarious Living said...

Thanks and Welcome Paulius!
Sometimes it's just nice to be nice you know? :)

OzzyC said...

The cynic in me says that you'll never go to L.A. ;)

MC Etcher said...

Hey no problem! Hope you like em.

Cindy and I met online, so I stopped being cynical about the internet a long time ago.