giving back to the community

July 13, 2009 at 3:51 pm 9 comments

the annual run to the lake event was held in our town yesterday. it featured a 5k walk/run and a 10k run from the local hospital to the lake chabot park and back.

as in the past two years, i chose to participate not as a runner but as one of the course monitors directing the race. as a wise man (me) once said, those who can’t run or won’t run, direct the runners.

it’s not that i never thought of running. i did try sometime, but later abandoned the idea. i had decided that it wasn’t worth my free time. you see, i have this notion that free time is a luxury that i should spend on something that i really enjoy doing like watching romantic comedy on tv or walking around the neighborhood in the morning. running is never fun. have you ever met a happy runner? all runners that you see in the park are tortured souls. just look at their faces when they pass you by. their facial expressions belie the pain and agony that they feel inside and unable to hide. some also look so tired that their shorts are ready to fall down anytime.

as this yearly event benefits the hospital’s trauma center, it gives folks like me a chance to give back to the community and meet people who chose to live here under neutral circumstances.

there’s more to this quiet, tree-covered town nestled in the valley that meet the eye. but its secrets will remain known to but a few because it’s considered a commuter town where most people live to sleep and commute to work elsewhere.

it’s no secret that people who like the rural lifestyle are drawn to this town. it boasts a park around a 315-acre man-made lake where you can go camping, fishing, boating, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. but how many know that it has a nudist colony where everybody is welcome? or that it has an active klu klax klan chapter where everybody is not welcome?

i think it’s our responsibility to be involved in the community where we choose to live. sleeping in on weekends and non-participating on community events doesn’t bide well for the general good. it pays to wake up, smell the coffee, and be counted.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kelliemacaraeg  |  July 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    man made lake.. hmm that’s pretty interesting.. picture picture! 🙂

    yeah.. runners cuss all the time! hehe

  • 2. plaridel  |  July 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm


    need pictures? you can find lots in google! just search for lake chabot.

  • 3. J.Kulisap  |  July 14, 2009 at 3:02 am

    minsan kailangan nating makakita ng mga tao sa ating kapaligiran, minsan doon din tayo kumukuha ng inspirasyon, minsan don din tayo nakikilala, iba-iba..minsan lang dapat lumalabas tayo

    • 4. plaridel  |  July 15, 2009 at 8:14 am


      dapat naman na tayo ay lumabas at makasalimuha sa mga tao. tingnan mo si presidente gma, abot ang pasyal sa pampanga at sa ibang bansa. ang mga congresista natin, sinusunod ang halimbawa ng presidente. sa pagtungo niya sa amerika sa buwang ito, 100 sa kanila ang gustong sumama. nakakatuwa naman sila.

      • 5. J.Kulisap  |  July 20, 2009 at 2:56 am

        Malakas na tawa. Tila yata at ikaw ay isang tahimik na kalaban ng pamahalaan?

        Minsan nga lamang hindi makatuwiran ang dahilan ng kanilang pag-alis. Mapagbalatkayo. Mayrong pailalim na sisid.

        • 6. plaridel  |  July 20, 2009 at 5:02 pm


          kung laban sa pamahalaan ang ibukas ang mata sa mga katiwaliang nangyayari sa ating bayan, masasabi kong, oo, ako’y laban sa pamahalaang arroyo.

          • 7. J.Kulisap  |  July 21, 2009 at 2:46 am

            Kung gayon Plaridel, sino at saan ba natin mahahanap ang isang katanggap tangap na pinuno?

            Latak na lamang si Arroyo pero nakakapuwing talaga.

  • 8. silvertag  |  July 14, 2009 at 6:13 am

    I totally agree! We live in a small commuter village too and we try to give back in whatever ways we can. We buy all our gas for our vehicles there and try to support local shops too. If you don’t, it’s likely going to be gone eventually.

    • 9. plaridel  |  July 15, 2009 at 8:16 am


      i support local shops and businesses, too. it’s the right thing to do.


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