Simple Acts of Kindness: Solano Baking Company in Dixon, CA

Published On January 17, 2016 | By Mike Carroll | Shooting News

One thing that people have been saying a lot to me these days (and I wonder if it’s because I’m sporting  all-gray hair now) is,  “I’ll bet you’ve seen a lot of things in your life. What’s the most interesting story you’ve been on?”

“This one right here, because it’s where I’m at now.”

From time to time I also get, “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever seen?”

That’s something that I would have to respond as a list, because there have been so many.

But what truly amazes, inspires, and touches me most . . .

. . . are just the simple acts of human kindness and generosity that happen all the time.

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Pre-dawn Saturday morning, January 17, 2016

My typical Saturday call time at KCRA is 7 a.m.

On this particular Saturday, I was roused awake by my phone ringing at 5:30 a.m. my KCRA assignment editor telling me that there was a breaking news story that I was needed to come in and help on.

When you get a call like this you are up and out of bed and pulling on your pants and tying your shoes before you even hang up.

I got into the station minutes later and once I’d finished helping to put out that fire (figuratively, not literally), new rainstorms were moving in from the coast so I was dispatched in a live truck westward on Interstate-80 to find some rain for morning live shot cut-ins for the news, which starts at 7 a.m.

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By the time I reached Dixon, about 25-miles west of Sacramento, rain was pelting the windshield.

I pulled the KCRA live truck off on a exit ramp and pulled into a little shopping mall off the road near the Solano Baking Company, figuring I could duck in and buy a cup of coffee at some point between live hits.

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It was dark still, very gray, and wet. I hunkered down in the truck for a few minutes to try and work on a story that I shot week before last and will be airing later in the week.

Then there was a knock at the side door of the live truck.

The nice woman who came out to the live truck and knocked on the side door.

The nice woman who came out to the live truck and knocked on the side door.

It was a very nice woman with a Solano Baking Company apron on, asking if I would like a cup of coffee?

“Oh, thank you, that’s very nice. I was just going to come inside and buy one.”

“Well, we wanted to offer you one because you’re outside and working in the rain and the cold.”

“Oh, that’s nice, but I can buy one.”

“What kind of coffee do you like?”

“I love mochas.”

“Okay, I’ll get one ready for you.”

“Wow, thank you so much. That’s so nice.”

Just then the producer called me to say that he’d be using my live shot in just a minute.

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After the shot was over I was going to head into the coffee shop when the woman came across the parking lot to me with a cup of coffee.

“Here’s your mocha. We know you’re working. It’s on the house.”

“Wow. Thank you. Thank you very much. That was very kind. Thank you.”

It was a simple gesture that I am sure the good people at the Solano Baking Company do all the time. But it was very nice, very thoughtful, very sweet. And greatly appreciated.

And the mocha was terrific and warmed my bones! And my soul!

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Leo Tolstoy said in War and Peace, my favorite book of all time, (and I am paraphrasing here): “I believe all people are good. If bad men can get together to do the things they want, then good people can get together and do the things they want.”

Simple acts of goodness . . .

. . . go so much farther than you think.

Thank you again, Solano Baking Company.

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Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

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