One Year of Making My Point

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Just kidding-more than half of you are from out of town! you are welcome here!

Well here it is. One year ago today I started this … Thing.

I don’t really even know what to call it. It’s not really so personal or opinionated as to be what most people think of as a blog, although some things I refuse to keep quiet about!

I want to say, Thank You for sharing this time with me.

It has challenged me in many ways.

I am challenged everyday to make this so much more personal, and everyday find lots of real reasons not to.

Credibility. Fairness. Newsworthiness.
My and others’ privacy.
Do I really have the time?

It has challenged my perceptions of other people’s privacy. For example, I’m constantly confronted whether to take and publish and cite photos of the kids around town in newsworthy-like situations. (Others do it all the time)
You may notice a lack of it, it’s on purpose. It’s probably just my old-fashioned sense of privacy no one seems to have anymore. Just one example. I have erred on the side of caution. And that has definitely made things harder than other people seem to have to deal with.

I had intended this to be a little different than it has turned out, so far. Not that that’s bad. I thought it would be much less than it has become- also for good or for bad. Then Sandy happened and people were looking for information no one else had.

I had just envisioned dropping some cool amateur photos. A few short blurbs. I hoped to meet neighbors and friends along the way. This town was in need of some online representation. I saw a few had made a run of something like this and gave up. It didn’t scare me.

I’m just the type of person, when I feel something needs to be done, I do it. Oh… I may look around first to see if anyone else will step forward, but when they don’t….

A good number of events I “covered” I actually DID. I don’t just show up and take pictures. I raised the roof, I planted, I rehabilitated Habitat, I made sure everyone got (and probably still has) those FEMA MRE’s (lol)! True, I’ll still only “cover” the crazy polar bears!

I met so many great people and I look forward to meeting more of you.

As you can probably tell, I’m not in it for notoriety. My name appears nowhere here. Theres no money either. This is not my profession.

But it is a hobby that’s takes maybe too much of my time.
So yes, at the one year mark I am asking myself “why”? And I’m not sure.

It’s the time of year many take stock. Check the direction one may be headed in. I’m no different.

I’m definitely going to be doing some things differently from here on out.

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I do want to show you a couple stories I’m really proud of that for reasons of “vagaries in the Internet marketplace” , were not as widely seen as I think they should’ve been.
Many get squashed by facebook – the sole method many of you use to “follow” me. It happens often- because this is a “page” on there, they want me to advertise. So they regularly only let half of you (and slowly) see most posts. I can then buy my way to the rest and maybe 1000 more. Annoying. There is no money in this for me so there isn’t any for them either. Post to come!

Whatever the reason, here’s the ones according to my stats, that many may not have seen, and my favorite.

The Shell Shack almost didnt come back
Back In and On the Water at Ted’s Fishing Station

I gotta do more video!
dont worry, its only a TV show

NY Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg said “This is the most serious problem in (Long Beach’s) history”. 19 days later, Sandy hit.
Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting

A great day, great accomplishments with great neighbors.
Beach Grass Planting at Civic Beach

Did you take this poll?
Opinion: not having mail delivery will continue…even on Saturdays!

Apparently, many do not! maybe my 2nd favorite, and if i educate you in the process, all the better!
Do You Know What This Is?

Rumor has it : respectable news and official-type sources called the fire dept and others in town to confirm if the disaster was happening. You would think they would READ it. I kind of like that. I would never cry “fire” on a crowded parkway.
LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen

my favorite:

Beach Etiquette: The “Unspoken” Rules

So I’ve got questions for you :

What were your favorites?

Is this a blog (most don’t know what that is), a website, photojournal, digital toilet paper?? How would you tell someone about it?

What could be more interestingly done?

What am I not covering that everyone is clamoring for?

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Opinion: Today’s Firehouse Bond Vote

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, Jul;y 9,2013

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Point Lookout FD Headquarters and Lido Firehouse from 4PM-9PM

You know what they say opinions are like, so stop reading now if you’d rather not know mine.

I want to thank the numerous people I met and talked with about this issue on both sides: who shared their opinions, comments, and knowledge and participated in this discussion. Its obvious people Continue reading

Beach Etiquette: The “Unspoken” Rules

Point Lookout Civic Beach 2013...not much real estate left at high tide.

Point Lookout Civic Beach 2013…not much real estate left at high tide.

Today’s lesson for shoebees*, citiots* and all others!

We all know this year the size of our beach has been severely crimped and beach goers are cramped: only a small portion of sandy stretch is left after Sandy. We are now charting new territory in crowding.

The civic association reminded everybody about “beach etiquette” in such close quarters a few weeks ago. With the current situation, and the traditional July 4th Holiday crowds upon us, it is time to speak the unspoken rules that all live by. Your rights end where someone else’s start, they say.

Extensive research has been conducted here at Making My Point to divine these seemingly secret statutes, and the sanctions scofflaws should sustain.
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Paying It Forward to OK is in Our DNA

First and foremost: before you think otherwise, I think we should help the people in Oklahoma who were devastated by the eF-5 tornado. By we, I mean as in We The People: we, through The US government. Whatever everyone does in addition is welcome and applauded.

It didn’t take long before so many of our local heroes, who are helping Sandy victims most, got right on top of this.

I guess we know what it’s like. There’s no question, Sandy has made some real leaders emerge throughout the community. And there’s alot of people with recent hard-learned, self -taught training in “how to get things done” in a crisis.

I DO want to point out just some of the local groups making final calls for physical donations that will be leaving from here by Monday (May 27, 2013) or Tuesday (May 28, 2013)

In Town Today:

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SOS NY (Island Park):

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Project 11561 :

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there are many others as well…

Ive been beside myself all week on this issue and how to approach it. Truth is it’s why I’ve been unable to publish anything- I’ve been fighting myself all week on this. i have widely mixed feelings.

people pointed out that we are rushing to help the people who voted against Sandy relief. Others pointed out we are helping the people, not the politicians. I agree… To a point.

I was happy this week to see some memes about the fact that Oklahoma’s Senator Coburn, whose healthcare plan was to pay doctors in chickens, thinks they should get federal aid (I believe they call that “takers”!) AND if that hypocrisy wasn’t bad enough, he thinks that aid should be paid for by cutting other expenditures… Like Sandy aid!

Last month I kept quiet when some of the most vocal and steadfast opponents to the Sandy Relief Bill, who held it up for over two months, and in the end were a considerable block of votes against it, were rushing to demand Federal aid (week of April 30) for their own, natural man made disaster at the West, Texas Fertilizer Plant explosion. This went completely unnoticed because we were in the middle of the Boston bombings.

Aid for me, not for thee is what they say?  makes my blood boil. 

My anger at a few politicians doesn’t override what I and most New Yorkers would do, put in a one on one with the victims: help.

So I just.. let it go. Lets argue about it later.

Right now there’s work to be done, and good people doing it.

Rant on Brants

Brant Geese... where the heck did they come form?

Brant Geese… where the heck did they come from?

Maybe it’s just me not noticing them in years past, but this year we seem to have a huge flock of what someone told me are Brant geese in the area.

Brant geese between on and off ramp traffic at the Loop Parkway entrance

Brant geese between on and off ramp traffic at the Loop Parkway entrance

They’re different from the Canadian geese I’m so used to seeing. They have a shorter, fatter neck. They’re stockier, yet smaller than the Canada version.

see wikipedia Brant Goose

Brant geese at the Loop Parkway entrance walked right in front of my car

Brant geese at the Loop Parkway entrance walked right in front of my car

The reason I’ve noticed them is I cannot believe the numbers of them getting hit by cars on Lido Blvd outside town, and on the Loop Pkwy. It’s more than just a few that I’ve seen these past few weeks, at least 10, probably more.

There were 2 more dead just on the Loop Parkway yesterday.  This is just a slaughter. 

Ive seen a large number grazing the plazas on Park Ave in the east end of Long Beach… where theres been some hit as well.

I was wondering if they’re displaced by or disoriented from Sandy somehow.

They do seem to have taken over the west side of the Loop Parkway from the drawbridge on, where the regular Canada geese used to be and especially at the Loop Parkway entrance.
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They just seem oblivious to danger from cars and seem to congregate close to the road (though they flew off when I got out and tried to get these pictures). I couldn’t get close enough to get the pictures I wanted without being near or in traffic on Lido Blvd, which is exactly the problem!

Brant geese at Nickerson Beach

Brant geese at Nickerson Beach

Like the Canadian geese crossing the road in a line, I’ve seen them doing this solo and in small numbers.
Anyone know about them?
Are they displaced or have I just not noticed them before?

Maybe we can keep an eye out to avoid hitting them on the road if they’re just further Sandy victims, just passing through?

Opinion: not having mail delivery will continue…even on Saturdays!

Point Lookout, NY 11569 Post Office

Point Lookout, NY 11569 Post Office

re: news today that the US Postal Service is stopping mail delivery on Saturdays starting in August.

Don’t worry everyone, we still won’t have home mail delivery after this goes into effect!

I guess people were in an uproar in town here whether or not our “no mail delivery” would still count?

When I mention to “out of towners” we have to go get the mail, the “Mayberry RFD” comparisons ensue…. and I have to embarassingly remind them that the RFD actually stands for “rural free delivery”, so we don’t even have that!

I wanted to ask: do we really still need to not have mail delivery here in the point?

legend has it we opted out to save on “taxes” way back when…  and rumor has it NOW, that that is no longer a factor, that we are choosing not to have delivery…

what do you think?