|SAVE THE OCEAN |
Twelve years ago I moved to HMB. I felt that I just landed in paradise. But shortly I became disenchanted with the amount of trash left on our streets and beach. So, I resolved to do what I could, by picking up trash on my daily walks. According to my wife, I became obsessed with this deed. On a holiday weekend I could spend a couple of hours picking up and on the weekend that followed the 4th of July, my wife and I would spend whole morning picking up. I can say that the thank you's were nice but that was not the reason I was doing this. Unfortunately there were a great deal of negative side effects that came with this job. At times I felt like the only fool out there, but the real encouragement was seeing on a few occasions, another person out there picking up. About a year ago, I learned about the Nextdoor community website. I signed up, using my personal name, because I believe in getting to know our neighbors is always beneficial. However, my situation has changed, I had something that was more important than my need to clean up my neighborhood. This was only a temporary sideline, but I thought meantime, a public service was needed. So, I opened another account with the name "Save The Ocean". This lasted almost 6 months until my account was deactivated. The reason was someone filed a complaint, the "Save The Ocean" was not a real name. This account was to thanked people that utilized their time to do something good for our community and to let people know that they are not the only one that is doing this. After 12 years I've paid my dues and maybe I am getting too old and cranky, but this has made me realize that my cause is not as important as I thought.