Last night I performed my errands. I made a trip to the post office. This is not the first trip I’ve made. I have continued my habit of trading CDs, DVDs, and books via the internet. In addition, I sold my old cell phone on eBay, hence yesterday’s trip.

After the post office, I stopped by the grocery store to buy foodstuffs for consumption. In the process of shopping, I walked past the deli section and saw a small crowd gathered around. I then realized a man was laying on the ground and the crowd was gathered around him.

I pushed my cart to a position where I had a better view. An overweight man lay on the floor while receiving CPR. With each compression, I watched his belly rise and fall. The man continued to lay on the ground with no apparent change. A deli clerk called out for the onlookers to back off and make room. At about the same time, various paramedics and firemen arrived and walked towards the man.

I couldn’t tell precisely what was going on, but it didn’t look well. I didn’t know what to do, mostly because there was nothing I could do.

My choices: Gawk or Shop.

I walked to the produce section nearby and selected bananas, apples, lettuce, and tomatoes. Last I saw, paramedics continued to swarm around the man. I saw no signs of hope as I paid for my food and left the store. When I pulled out of the parking lot, two large fire engines continued to sit with their red lights still twirling and chasing away the shadows of night.

I returned home shortly later. I thought it odd that the outer Christmas lights did not illuminate the house. So I entered the door, flipped on the lightswitch, and nothing happened. I spent the next two hours navigating by flashlight and I used the grill to cook my dinner. Needless to say, I went to bed early ’cause I couldn’t see or do much of anything.