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Postby LibraLabRat on Fri Jul 18, 2014 8:35 pm

Hey guys.

I tried teaching science in Oklahoma.

It did NOT go well.

So I have relocated back home to SE Louisiana, and have decided to try a nonprofit business centered around getting people out into the outdoors, and teaching them about botany, biology, ecology, earth and environmental science, etc. I have started a GoFundMe account, but will not post it here just yet. But I will share with you the general gist:

Warning, long post ahead:

I had something of an epiphany today while thinking about this GoFundMe thing. Taking people and teaching them about fishing, camping and the outdoors is a wonderful thing. But it is too limited. Over the last several years, I have been getting steadily more bothered by the fact that we, as Americans, seem to have difficulty with two very simple concepts.

The first is that everyone needs help sometimes. Needing help does not mean you are weak, lazy, stupid, or being punished for something. It is simply one of those things that happens to everyone at one point or another.

The second is that it seems that when people do try to find help, the main hindrance is that people just assume and accept that you can't get something for nothing, and everything has a cost. I reject this idea.

So here is what I have been rolling around in my head. I have a lot of skills, education, and experience. This is not doing me or anyone else any good when it stays locked up in my brain. So what I am proposing (once I have reliable transportation of my own that is utilitarian in nature) is that if someone needs help, and I am able to do it, I will help them. That's it. No expectations of reward, nothing. People need help, so I am going to help people.

I have had quite enough of hearing people talk all day long, sign petitions, etc on social media and feel like they have actually made a real difference. I am going to take a radical approach and actually DO something. Hopefully this will catch on, and people will remember what it is to help each other, just to know that people around them are taken care of.

It does not have to be anything major. If you need your yard mown, I can do that. Need help getting your child signed up for college? I am your guy. Need tutoring in science, literature, history? YO. Do you need a ride to the store, hospital, Planned Parenthood, the bookstore, etc?

Long story short, I am saying that for years I have wanted to just be able to get out there and do something to right the wrongs I see around me. If this fails, at least I have tried to do something.


Feel free to share this if you agree with me. If you want to get real crazy, start helping people yourself!
http://www.gofundme.com/bomn14
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Re: I am back again!

Postby ET, the Extra Terrestrial on Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:22 am

Welcome back, LLR. Good to know you're still around.
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Re: I am back again!

Postby DavidH on Sat Jul 19, 2014 4:24 am

Welcome home, LLR!
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Re: I am back again!

Postby Roy Hunter on Sat Jul 19, 2014 6:00 am

Welcome back, LLR. Nice to see you are still kicking against the pricks.
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Re: I am back again!

Postby LibraLabRat on Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:48 am

Basically, thanks to my VA disability and this GoFundMe thing, I am about to become a guerrilla science teacher. If that isn't being a pirate, I dunno what is.
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Re: I am back again!

Postby Cardinal Fang on Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:21 am

It sounds a great idea.

Sometimes the best way to teach a scientific concept is to show people it, rather than just telling them about it in a classroom or somesuch.

If I'm ever across the pond and in your neck of the woods, I might even come and join in.

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Re: I am back again!

Postby LibraLabRat on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:27 am

Well, Cardinal Fang....I could take you out to catch blue crabs in one of the many canals and bayous, show you live alligators, some of the largest aquatic bird nesting areas in the nation....and stuff you full of some of the greatest food to ever grace the planet.
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Re: I am back again!

Postby Cardinal Fang on Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:55 pm

LibraLabRat wrote:Well, Cardinal Fang....I could take you out to catch blue crabs in one of the many canals and bayous, show you live alligators, some of the largest aquatic bird nesting areas in the nation....and stuff you full of some of the greatest food to ever grace the planet.


Can't match that sort of wildlife this side of the pond - squirrels and swans and the like over here.

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Re: I am back again!

Postby Qwertyuiopasd on Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:03 pm

Hey there LLR! Great to hear from you, and your plan sounds awesome!
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