Saturday, August 7, 2010

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do? ©2010 by Ken West, all rights reserved

Government Center Plaza, 7:30 in the morning. Lots of people flowing by to their jobs in the big city. You’re headed uptown for a job interview at 9 o’clock. Cold morning, but a decent day is in store. You are early and should have plenty of time.

Suddenly, a moving object, coming from an old building on your left, catches your eye. Something red is waving back and forth. It’s very high up in an open window next to the spiral fire escape that looks like an off-center spinal column.

You stop and look up. People hurry past you. Someone is in the window waving what looks like a red bandanna. He or she is waving it frantically, as if wanting attention.

You hear a faint scream, almost like a seagull’s shriek, coming from that open window, high up in the old building. Others hurry past you. They don’t seem to notice.

Is the person waving that red bandanna in trouble, or is it some childish prank? The frantic waving continues with another faint shriek.

Should you call 911? By the time you finish explaining to the 911 operator, it could be too late. Should you go over to the building and investigate? What could you do? Or should you ignore the whole situation, and walk on?

What would you do?

Ken West, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, is president of Better Grip Media LLC and author of Get What You Want! Workbook… available worldwide on and other online booksellers. In the U.S. at

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