Chivalry is not dead


Jan 8, 2002

PJT and wife enjoyed the extended visit over this previous week of her elder sister. She is in her late seventies. She maintains an independent sole lifestyle in her little home in the Ensanche Ozama barrio in Santo Domingo. We instructed her about the logistics of how to take the taxi to the Expresso Bavaro station off Maximo Gomez and to board the bus to Bavaro to transit to the stop near our residence in Bavaro. We were there to greet her.

During her visit we spent time on catching up on family history, attending a bingo night at a local mall, going to the cine, and taking a day trip to the campo where she grew up. It was a good visit.

My sister is quite mobile for a person of her age and gets around with/without the aid of a cane. Its use depends on her mindset for the day. She does give us some concern for her safety as she explains she has taken some tumbles up to this point in time without major injury. She does not allow us to worry about her.

Well, let us move forward to the chivalry bit. It came time for our dear sister to depart Bavaro back to the confines of the big city for her. Mind you during her visit she acquired some extra items to pack for the return trip which involved adding an additional piece of luggage. So, for the trip back to Stgo she has two carry-on types of luggage, a handbag, and of course the cane. We made arrangements with her favorite taxi in Ensanche Ozama to be available to pick her up at the stop at the gasoline station at Av Venezuela. We then took her to the Friusa bus terminal in Bavaro to start the trip. We made sure her goods were stowed aboard the coach in proper order; she had her passage ticket, and claim ticket. We instructed the coach personnel she was to be dropped off at the (bomba) at Venezuela. We saw the bus off.

We phoned her after allowing a reasonable time to pass so she could settle in home after the trip. She explains, she arrived at Venezuela, the coach let her off about a block short of the bomba (?), she did protest. However, it fell on deaf ears. There she was on the sidewalk with all her goods and no manner by herself carry them to the bomba at the other end of the block. Along come two young men, they suspect something is not right and ask if she needs any help. Cautious, she is reluctant to answer; you need to know she is not in the best of areas. Again, they ask and she says she needs to go to the bomba. The men take her luggage and then tell her she can hold on to them so they cannot run away. She is escorted to the bomba. They arrange a seat for her to rest. Surprised by the kindness she offers them a few pesos which they refuse, they accept her thanks and then go on their way.

Her favorite taxi arrives in a few minutes and she is whisked away home. Everything is placed curbside she goes to enter the house, no keys, no handbag. They are still in the taxi and it has just left. Fortunately, a neighbor is nearby to assist her. The taxi company is phoned and apprised of the situation. The cab returns, handbag intact, keys, and all contents inside. House is opened. All is OK. Sister is fine.

Chivalry is not dead.




Jan 12, 2006
Great story PJT,

Chivalry is not dead, certainly the bus driver could take a lesson from these young men.
.... and the taxi driver probably could have been more aware of the "Elderly" woman's needs at the time he "dropped" her off.



New member
May 9, 2006
Nice story PJT.
Most people don't give a shyte anymore.
Nice to see there are two young men that do.


New member
Jan 2, 2012
Great story. Glad to know that there are still people out there that have respect for the elderly.


New member
Nov 15, 2011
Seems to be a rule in my life that I generally get what I give and its corollary, I typically get what i una buena vida!


Jun 13, 2009
Like everybody here, I have had my fair number of flat tires, exploding tires, or other car trouble. Every time, within a couple of minutes there were people to help. At least in 50% of the cases, money was not accepted.

With a brand-new SUV, in Germany, I had an exploding tire, on the highway, while pulling a trailer. Nobody stopped to help, and the jack supplied with the Mitsubishi Pajero was the wrong one, and could not lift the car. After a long time, and after calling Mitsubishi Assistance (who claimed they could not reach anybody to help us), the German police stopped. After I explained the problem, they helped to detach the trailer. They called some company to come out and help. This company came, replaced the tire, after I paid them 140$. They also told the police I had the wrong bolts on my wheel (too short apparently) and that this had caused the blow-out, upon which the police fined me another 140$.

Give me the DR anytime.


Oct 9, 2005
Not everyone here is bad. There are really some very good people here. A lot of the young people I know would do the same. They see their Nana, Grandmother.