Every now in again, you see something that needs to be shared with someone. Something so precious that you need to know that that thing was appreciated by at least one other person. Words do not do it justice. It is strictly a visual phenomenon, where once you see it, you want to make sure that you are not alone and that someone else saw it as well.
I travel into Boston frequently for my job and a friend had flown into Cambridge so I arrange to have a meal while they were in town. I had located the hotel where they were staying, but I also know that I was almost out of gas. I did not want to come back after dinner and forget that I was on empty and run out of gas on my way back to my hotel. So in Cambridge across from the hotel was a small gas station. While I was pumping gas, I looked over and saw your classic MIT genius pumping gas into a smallish scooter. My guess is that this guy was 45 years old, 5 foot 4 inches in height, balding on top with an epic comb over. This is no big deal. You expect to run into a bunch of guys that look Einstein or some other socially awkward being that was utterly brilliant.
Then I looked behind him to see a man no less than 400 pounds leaning against the pole. I guessed that he worked at the gas station and was getting ready to receive payment from the math genius. That is when it happened. The genius looked back at the gas attendant and gave him the nod. I was waiting for the lifting up of a hand with a credit card or cash, but that did not happen. Instead the genius put on a helmet as though he was driving a Harley Davidson. This was a very small scooter that likely only took a couple of gallons of gas to fill. With the genius not paying the large attendant and after nodding to him turned his back on him and put his helmet on.
I was ready for a sketchy reaction by the attendant. Then, that very moment I saw something that is the greatest visual site that I have ever seen and will remember it for the rest of my life. The 400 ponds man grabbed the other helmet on the back of the scooter and put it on his head. Then he squeezed onto the back of the scooter and the tiny genius with the very large man aboard slowly scooted out of the gas station. At that moment I pleaded to God, please let me know someone else was able to appreciate this as much as I have. Then I looked over to see a middle-age african american woman smiling as she watched them ride off.
That was validation that God hears prayers and that he has a sense of humor. I have to believe that the genius was calculating the gas mileage on the scooter with over 500 pounds draped over its frame. I literally feel like I was on the set of Good Will Hunting in the land of the super intellects, but it was transformed into something infinitely more wondrous then anything I might find at the nearby aquarium.