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A Meetup for picker uppers …

When you first hear the term Meetup, there is the undeniable connotation of dating, hookups or other relationship-tinged activity.

But such a salacious perception is untrue. is an online group-gathering site for just about any hobby/interest you can imagine: hiking, dining, running, games and sports (I lead a big golf group in Charlotte, Golf for One) as well as support groups. It’s really an interesting concept that can bring like-minded folks and strangers together.

With any luck, members of this new Meetup will post photos of what they pick up along with a brief bit of commentary.

With any luck, members of this new Meetup will post photos of what they pick up along with a brief bit of commentary.

This past week I created a Pick Up Your Path group on Meetup (go to, search for groups in Charlotte. The key words for my new bunch are environment, environmentalism).

So far only five daring souls have taken the leap of faith to pick up litter in their neighborhoods. In my experience with Meetup, groups get off the group quickly but can just as quickly peter out due to lack of regularly scheduled activities, lack of numbers (people tend to want to join groups that have a lot of folks) or they join too many groups which spreads their interests too thin.

But I’m willing to give the Pick Up Your Path group a shot for a few months. What’s somewhat unusual for this Meetup is we really won’t meet. Rather, converts will attend to their paths and walkways and post photos and brief commentary about their experiences. To be honest about it, it’s as much an awareness thing as anything.

You are cordially invited to visit this new anti-litter Meetup. If you have any questions, bring them on.

About Dave Bradley (264 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; the first on 17 years of writing weekly letters to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility ( I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen these single pagers as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world and so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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