Bambi of Finland wrote:
Your drama is not my crisis.
True, but I would add that sincere compassion does much to diffuse the pain of the truly hurting. Ignoring them is easy, but in the end, it simply makes one an ass. Wisdom to see the difference, and having the courage to act on it in either case is the lesson. But oh the agony and stress I've sloughed away from my clenching teeth and swollen, irritated sternum as I realized that yes, indeed, this problem I do not take home. Taking it home does nothing for me, does not solve the other person's problem, and does nothing to add one quality moment to the life of any party concerned.
Oh - and please, people, I know San Francisco (I'm sure this goes for all cities with lots of tourists) is a lovely city, but it is not Disneyland's Frisco Adventure Theme Park, so next time you're here, please do obey all traffic laws as you would in your own home town, and do not discuss what your next destination will be, as you indulge your interest in amature cartography while all six of you stand stock still right on the little square of sidewalk that becomes the actual crosswalk.
Those of us who make your stay possible would appreciate the oportunity to continue on our way.