Enjoying the report! So much honesty and thought here for "just a ride report" but I'm diggin' it!
In reference to the stranger in the parking lot, it is my opinion that you were just caught off guard... I reckon that since you had thoughts after the fact, it says enough about you to know that you do care about folks. To me, it's as much about how someone asks for help as much as it is what they are asking for. Just my $.02...enjoy the ride and if you need anything on your way home let me know. I am in Kentucky so you may be coming through my neck of the woods.
If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem!