A Cowboy, A Policeman & A Cabby
Some snow did fall in Atlanta and what a beautiful scene it was last night. Conversations were alive, describing how Atlanta would simply “shut down” for the snow. I thought to myself “Surely these folks couldn’t be serious.” By 10:00 there was a whopping 2″, maybe, with a steady breeze and the folks were right. Atlanta did “shut down.” The cars disappeared, including the taxis, retail establishments hurried customers out early and locked the doors and the sidewalks were empty….except for a cowboy from California, a couple from Michigan and farmer from Ohio.
Our small group set out to walk to the other hosting hotel, the Hilton Atlanta. It was a very peaceful and serene walk. Snow was gently falling, a crisp breeze caressing our faces not a person or vehicle in sight. What had been a bustling city had been reduced to scene often seen on the cover of Christmas cards.
At the halfway point, I turned around and began my trek back to the Omni alone, not a car on the street, no one on the sidewalk. I had not walked more than 100 yards and a police officer pulled along side me.
Policeman – “Are you OK?”
Cowboy – “Yes sir, I am fine, how are you?”
Policeman – “Fine thank you. Do you know where you are?”
Cowboy – “Yes sir, I do. I’m on Baker. Why?”
Policeman – “Do you know where you are going?”
Cowboy – “Yes sir, the Omni, over yonder. Why?”
Policeman – “Just checking. Have a good night.”
He then rolled up the window, slid a little bit and pulled away.
I continued walking up the street and noticed a taxi stopped in the street on a slight slope with his hazards on. I crossed over to the cab and noticed the driver was still in the seat. I gently tapped on the window. He slowly rolled down the window and I saw a face that showed signs of fear.
Cowboy – “Good evening sir. Are you ok?”
Cabby – “Yyyes.”
Cowboy – “Are you stuck? Do you need me to give you a push for some traction?”
Cabby – “Nnno. I don’t drive in snow.”
Cowboy – “Would you like me to get your cab up to the light and off the slope sir?”
Cabby – “No thank you. My cab doesn’t drive in the snow.”
Cowboy – “Ok. You are sure you are ok?”
Cabby – “Yes, thank you.”
Cowboy – “Your welcome sir. Have a good night.”
I crossed back over the street and continued my walk back to the Omni. Over the course of the next 15 – 20 minutes, I was stopped by three more Atlanta police officers, all very polite. It is good to see such friendly and pleasant law enforcement personnel in a city like Atlanta. I guess I might have stood out a little bit, being the only person walking on the sidewalk in a “snow storm,” wearing a cowboy hat and taking a leisurely stroll.
The last officer understood completely. After a day of being inside, it felt good to get out and walk around, even if it was snowing a little bit. It just goes to prove that you can take the cowboy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the cowboy.