July 17, 2019 at 6:11 pm #2696
I’m Adam Rashidi.
This is my 3rd season as summer manager, and 26th season as partial-year resident.
My job is to help everyone play nicely in our shared sandbox, and to keep our community as safe and clean as possible.
To all the people who help pick up the bits of garbage along your path, and who kick rocks back to their driveways, THANK YOU SO MUCH! I really appreciate your support.
-If you see broken glass, please contact me ASAP. It’s easier to clean up before it spreads, and less painful to sweep slivers from the street than to pull them from a foot.
–Bottles fall and break somewhat regularly when Republic services transfers trash/recycling from our bins to their trucks. If you ever have the opportunity to recycle your glass outside the neighborhood, that’d be super cool!
–>Next level: avoid bringing glass bottles into the neighborhood at all! Tasty beers come in cans, and delicious wines come in boxes. Please contact me for recommendations!
-Always drive slowly thru-out our neighborhood – not just over the speed bumps!
-Whenever possible, please avoid the Route 1 & Bay Road intersection by MATT’S from 4pm-8pm. It often gets chaotic from parking and take-out orders.
This is not a stand-alone solution, but we can all help ease some pressure by avoiding that intersection.
-One of my unofficial responsibilities is coordinating extra parking spots for people staying at units with limited space. The going rate per spot is $5 per day MTWTh, and $10 per day FriSatSun. If you’re interested in offering any spaces at any time, please contact me.
-Please keep your animals on leash whenever you’re outside in community common areas. Most people would love to meet & greet them, but some would not, and a few have family members with serious allergies to dog saliva.
-Please persistently pick up each piece of poop your pets produce! Sh:
It’s not gonna wash away the next time it rains.
It’s not organic fertilizer.
It’s funking gross.
It spreads disease & increases the possibility of infection for people who go into the ocean.
It is your sacred duty to judiciously dispose of every dropped doody.
Even if it’s a petite pinky-sized poop.
Even if you think no one is watching.
Even if you think no one will ever step there.
Wherever it lands- on streets, on highway, on grass, on cement, on sand, on state park beach, on BreakWind beach, in front of [favorite neighbors] house… the poop needs to go away. with you. to your trashcan.
Because If You Don’t Pick It Up …I Will.
-Don’t leave anything else behind! (lemon wedges, apple cores, banana peels, watermelon rinds, peach pits, strawberry tops, bread crusts, pretzels… etcetera)
Please do your best to carry out everything that you carry in. The beach is not a compost heap.
The amount of food that is left behind on any given day is directly proportional to the amount of seagull goop left behind the following day.
(Peanut/sunflower husks, grape stems, pistachio shells: aren’t quite as offensive, but please deposit them along the inside of the dune fences to help hold our sand in place.)
-Water balloons require much more cleanup than water guns.
-If you wear a regular bandage to the beach, it is absolutely going to fall off. Between sweat and sand- it doesn’t stand a chance.
Pro tip: Go for the hydrocolloid seal.
-Always secure umbrellas deep into the sand, and close them whenever left unattended. Always anchor your canopies securely- four metal stakes might not be enough. Wind conditions can change and turn your shelters into dangerous projectiles.
-With regards to plants: the only plants in our neighborhood that I consider “weeds” are the ones that grow mean sharp spikes. Everything else, I consider a friend who helps hold our sandy soil in place.
I urge everyone to avoid using herbicides on your rock driveways. Lots of little plants can help keep your rocks out of the street. If you can’t part from poisoning the plants on your parking path, please prescribe for all your people to pull in/out SLOWLY over your pretty pebbles.
-With regards to insects: mosquitos and biting flies are the only ones on my kill list. Everyone else is just a tiny animal trying to live its best life. If you need a lesson in how to safely escort a spider/bee/wasp outside, please contact me.
-If you have a kid with lots of extra energy, here are a few suggestions:
–Haul 10 buckets of sand from the waters edge up to the dune fence, and build a stick fort to help defend our dunes!
–Walk thru the streets and gently kick rocks back home to their driveways!
–Zig zag across a segment of the beach with a bucket, and fill it with any garbage you see!
–Exclamation points make everything fun!
-If another person is doing something that negatively impacts your enjoyment of the beach, I encourage you to calmly approach them, introduce yourself, and kindly ask them to adjust their behavior to account for the other people enjoying the space.
If you’re not confident in your ability to remain calm during an interaction like this- please call/text me!
Please be considerate to your neighbors, and be respectful of our beach environment.
Please text/call with any questions, comments, compliments, or complaints.
TSBA Summer Man.
July 17, 2019 at 6:23 pm #2697Brad MandelParticipant
Well said Adam! You do a great job, we are lucky to have you Summer Man!
July 17, 2019 at 8:43 pm #2698Pattie FrielParticipant
Hi Brad. Wow I think you really covered it. Thanks so much for all that you do to make things work around here. You’re amazing and very much appreciated by my daughter and I.
July 17, 2019 at 8:46 pm #2699Pattie FrielParticipant
Whoops so sorry Adam. That’s what happens when you dictate a post. The name Adam gets changed to Brad just because Siri can. Smiles
July 17, 2019 at 9:31 pm #2700Jean KrafftParticipant
Thank you, Adam. I think most people agree with everything you said!
July 18, 2019 at 1:07 am #2701Susan KellyParticipant
Great post – well said all around
July 18, 2019 at 11:42 am #2702Doris M ReeseParticipant
You are a breath of fresh air. Keep up the good work and always keep a positive attitude.
July 25, 2019 at 12:48 am #2713Christine StangParticipant
Thanks Summerman! We all appreciate you every day, even if we don’t know it 🙂 !
August 2, 2019 at 9:35 pm #2733Karen CastleParticipant
Thanks Adam for all you do! I’m going to print this and put it in the information I give my renters.
September 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm #2952
Thank you to everyone who’s expressed your support in here and irl!
I’m also open to criticism. If you disagree with any of the points I bring up, here’s a great place for heartfelt debate.
Some memos that missed mention in my main missive:
-Episode I: The Bagworm Menace
I must add another insect species to my kill list- Lepidoptera Psychidae, aka: Bagworms. They enjoy eating our evergreens, and also find delicious a few of our deciduous. This caterpillar chews off bits of host plants to form their bag- so it’s easy for untrained eyes to mistake it for a small pine cone or other healthy plant structure. Bags start teeny tiny and grow up to 2 inches. In high quantities, they can stress trees to death.
–> Next year pre-season we should maybe apply a chemical control to reduce their numbers. (I still need to research which chemicals would hopefully not injure our other awesome & beneficial insect residents)
–> For now, I say Pluck ’em all!
If you see me squatting by a spruce, or jumping into a juniper, that’s most likely what I’m after.
–>Take a few minutes to stare into your bush- if you notice any brown/gray dangling things, please let me know so I can give them a nice pluck!
A handful of units have had issues with trash/recycle not getting picked up.
Our current contract with Republic includes them fetching our cans, but they need clear access – they won’t risk scratching vehicles. If unable to leave a clear path, it might be necessary to bring cans to the curb the night before pickups.
If you get skipped & are up to your nose with it, please let me know ASAP. I should be able to redistribute some of the wealth of garbage into the cans of neighbors who are out of town, to help tide you over till the next pickup.
(If we have M W F pickups again next year- encourage Saturday turnovers to take out as much trash as possible Thursday night, so they don’t leave a massive pile for the next tenants.)
Do you want bigger cans? Please let me know- I’d love to order you a beautiful new pair!
-Fill all your holes, ya digg?
Please remind your guests to flatten out their excavations before exiting the area. Holes might seem obvious to avoid during the day, but as shadows lengthen- they become much less noticeable. It’s already REALLY easy to trip in sand- no need to add extra obstacles.
-Silly String? I don’t buy it. It’s neither silly nor string. “Stupid Foam” might be a more apt label. “3 minutes of fun, 3 weeks of clean up!” (You should also not buy it.)
-Spread some seeds: If you see a cool plant that’s seeding, grab a handful and spread them where we could use more plants.
-Save your trim: When you do any trimming or weeding- spread the plant material in a line along the dune fence to help hold some sand (as long as there are no spiked seed pods).
Or just leave a visible pile, and I’ll spread it on.
I really appreciate the tips from concerned neighbors about glass breakage, improper parking practices, poop-leaving poopyheads, noise nuisances, and unrelenting upwind smoke sources. It helps to have extra eyes & ears thru out the neighborhood.
September 11, 2019 at 3:31 pm #2953
SHOUT OUTS TO:
big Willie for hauling over 4.2 metric tonnes of swampy plastic, glass, and butts out from the trenches between TS and the IR inlet.
Liz for asking great questions, tearing up spiked weed fields, and being my partner in bagworm brutality.
Tina & Pete for winning the quasi-annual TS decorative door contest. We love your style! Your prize is one beverage delivered to you on the beach from each of us.
Stephanie for tipping me off about the freshwater Ocean spring, and other juicy tid bits! I appreciate your perspective.
Denise for taking me out of the neighborhood for a night on the town to see the legendary ZOMBIES! I’m still giddy.
Doris for allowing me to meet so many awesome mantis friends in your beautiful garden.
Vince & Jeanne for making your ‘parking lot’ available to accommodate extra rental spots thru out the season.
Pierce for supplying some sticks, Robbie & Kaila for digging & hauling, Doug for bringing the grill, Garrett for bringing the wrong grill, & Everyone who attended our singular bonfire of the season! Let’s do that more often! (Sorry Pierce!)
Mike Emmett for extending the Bay rd crossover, repairing dune fencing, fixing the swing, coordinating the patch for the ocean road freshwater spring, et.al. thru out the season. You are an invaluable source of knowledge & expertise for our community.
Everyone who helps keep our community beautiful: who carries out everything that you carried in, who uses my buckets whenever you see garbage on the beach, & who quickly notifies me when you see a problem that you aren’t equipped to handle.
I apologize for my inability to keep it brief!
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.