I didn't fall down, but someone else did, and I feel somewhat responsible. Here's what happened:
I was sitting in the coffee shop section of Borders yesterday afternoon where I had camped out in an arm chair. I was working on a thing for Small Town Newspaper and was on a roll, sort of. A deaf man stopped by and signaled that I might like to buy a pen from him—he held out a ball point pen with a card attached explaining he was deaf, and the pen would cost $1. So, I handed him a dollar, and he handed me the pen. He walked over to a guy in another chair who declined, and I felt superior. I thought the deaf man might not really be deaf and was just too lazy to get a job, but that's not my responsibility. I had a spare dollar I won't miss, and now hopefully he'll put it to good use.
I went back to my writing when a young woman sat down next to me, and I had a sense she was looking at me. I looked up to see her staring at me with her chin in her hand. She asked if I had any Tylenol or Advil in my bag, and I said I didn't. I never have that sort of thing, like Tylenol or tissues, in my bag, but I didn't bother to tell her that much.
She got up and got a drink and a sandwich and sat back down. She looked at me for a few minutes, but then she put her head between her knees, and then she asked if I wanted her sandwich. "No, thank you," I said, and she said that she couldn't eat it because she was going to pass out, and she got up and grabbed her backpack. I didn't know what to say, and she was weird, so I just said, "I'm sorry."
The poor weird girl went outside and stood on the sidewalk, and then she passed out. Someone at the desk called 911, and an ambulance came, and the store manager blocked off the main entrance and made people come and go through a side door, and I felt really bad. I'm not sure what I could have done, and I don't know how a Tylenol could have prevented the girl from passing out, but it seems like I should have offered to do something for her.
I watched through the window until the ambulance left, but I never found out what happened to the girl. I didn't feel so superior after that. Well, at least the deaf guy sold a pen.