One of the greatest attributes of the people in the upper Midwest is their second nature to help when help is needed; especially during catastrophes such as the floods of â€™09 and â€™10 and these last two blizzards over the weekend.
It takes a community to keep everyone safe â€“ and alive. It takesâ€¦whatâ€™s the word? Oh, yes â€“ TEAMWORK.
This morning someone was not playing for the home team. Iâ€™m going to give him the benefit of the doubt that the storm has somehow stressed him out and made him a bit irritable. At the same time it didnâ€™t give him the right to yell at my daughter.
This story actually started yesterday. My landlord was not able to get the parking lot plowed. Iâ€™m sure many of you fellow apartment dwellers can relate to this situation; it happens all the time — all over the community. If the streets arenâ€™t plowed itâ€™s difficult for even the snow removal crews to get to where they need to be.
Yesterday morning I started out to pick up my daughter who was stranded at her friendâ€™s house. I made it nearly a whole block on the snow-filled street. This is where one says to themself, â€œSelf, are you crazy? This is stupid. You need to go back home.â€ It was too late, I was already stuck. The tires spun on the thick layer of ice hidden beneath the snow. It was here that I realized I didnâ€™t have anyone to call for help. I donâ€™t know a lot of people with a truck, and the only one that I do know was working and her boyfriend wasnâ€™t in town. What was a woman to do? I said, â€œGod, please send someone to help me get out of here.â€ And, lo and behold, a nice gentleman immediately appeared knocking on my window. I told him that I needed to go back home. Then not one, but three other guys appeared and they got my car out. He drove my car to the Red River Lanes Bowling Alley parking lot that had already been plowed. These guys were real team players and I will be ever grateful in their assistance to get me out of my predicament of stupidity.
Itâ€™s my understanding that Red River Lanes is supposed to be family friendly â€“ after this morning I beg to differ. The parking lot was basically empty when I parked my car there yesterday and remained that way throughout the day and night.
This is the Red River Lanes parking lot this morning:
My daughter went to make sure my car was going to start this morning so I could move it. After she got out of the car a tall, averagely built, middle-aged, redneck in his NASCAR shirt and racing hat, complete with sunglasses, appeared in the parking lot and started yelling at my daughter. It went a little something like this:
â€œAre you stuck, Maâ€™ameâ€ he asked with feigned politeness. She was obviously a teenager and not an adult.
â€œNo, we canâ€™t get back into our parking lot,â€ she answered pointing to the snowdrifts that surround our building.
â€œWell thatâ€™s too bad. Youâ€™re right in my way. Theyâ€™re going to charge you a hundred dollars to tow your car if you donâ€™t move it,â€ he shouted at the young girl.
â€œI was going to go get my Mom to move her car anyway,â€ she replied in a direct tone as she walked away.
My daughter came in and told me what happened and it only solidified my belief that rednecks are not nice people –nor are they team players.
I understand that motorists cannot park for extended periods of time in parking lots anytime they like. However, in situations like this our businesses need to work together as a team to ensure the city and its citizens are safe. They also need to work together to ensure a timely resolution to the significant amount of snow that has crippled the city over the weekend.
I did move my car as intended to one of the best business neighbors in North Fargo â€“ Northport Shopping Center â€“ and walked home. Northport Shopping Center and all the businesses that are in it, have always been good neighbors to the people who live here. They are definitely team players when it comes to acts of nature. Red River Lanes could learn a few things from them in regards to not biting the hands that feed you.