Hey "cantbeserious"! Thanks for your comment and for sharing your Story. I agree, people can find God in spite of themselves, and it's heart breaking to see the difficult circumstances that sometimes separate people from a God that truly loves them. Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, says "When we find meaning for our suffering our suffering ceases to be." The truth is that great Stories are made from great conflict, and great conflict produces things like love, hope, patience and perseverance. These are the things that truly matter in life. Looking at our life as a Story that really matters gives meaning to the challenges we all face in our lives. Thank you for living a great Story and not giving up.
Does anybody else have a story of how they've refused to give up, and instead overcome conflict in their life to live the Story written for them? I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM!
I'm sure the Lord will continue to bless you, Derek, for your boots-on-the-ground approach to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I've done many days of unskilled temp labor as a college educated man, and it's humbling. I can't imagine the challenge of working myself out of it had I no other choice. People tend to find God in spite of themselves, one step at a time. Thanks for providing a path that demonstrates the love of Jesus.
Hey Derek, please reach out - saw your article posted by my good friend from Furman and I would like to support what you are doing. I have a person in mind that might be a good worker and would like to help you guys connect. Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the support everyone! Thanks also to Paul who did an amazing job on the article! I truly believe that together we can make our city a better place, a place where every story matters. Thanks for joining me.
I hope this man continues being the man
This guy is the real deal. Incredibly humble and the kind of follower of Jesus that actually makes you want to follow Jesus too (rather than run the other way).
What a true blessing!! I will continue to pray for your journey!
There is still good folks in the world. Continued blessings Mr. Snook.
Keep up the good work Derek!
Also, sounds like this author is angling for a job w G&G. Or trying to sleep with them.
Brock isn't a carpetbagger, he's from VA, a douche, but not a Yankee.
It would be great to have bike corrals strategically located but I doubt seriously that it will reduce the need for parking. Don't take away parking spaces for Bikes, just put smaller corrals on the sidewalks. I don't have a problem sharing the road but there are just as many rude bikers as there are drivers. Slow down and enjoy the scenery.
As for no signs being posted, there is probably some sign ordinance to prevent the posting of signs and a sign patrol to make sure unlawfully posted signs are confiscated to be placed in a sign impound area where they are kept until someone pays a fine...
I've lived on Line street for two years. This article mentions nearly every street that surrounds me. The "gem" that is the Elliotborough park is outside my window.
When I walk across the street to the park I often have excuse myself past the vagrants that are seated on my step outside my own door. When I get to the park with my dog I wave to the friendly neighborhood dope boys that are seated on the wall outside.
I'd love to see Line cleaned up as well as Bogard and Spring but the city has to address these activities first.
Six months ago a driver in a old SUV deliberately sped up swerved into an on coming lane to try and nearly miss me, when I was tying to cross a marked intersection with signs for cars to slow down on the WA Greenway. I yelled "You almost ran me over." And he started yelling and cussing at me. When I turned onto the road, also legal, he got his cell phone out, and yelled, "What are you doing?" And I said, "Going this way." Because the Greenway was blocked off when they were working on it. Had he followed me back to my car I would have pressed charges. He stayed several blocks back so I wouldn't get his license plate number because I may have reported him, although, sadly, my experience has been the police pressing charges against me. He was driving so fast I didn't see him, then he sped up. So, for people who do ride a bike or walk in the city hostile drivers are still a real problem. I'm just glad it's not often, and now only ride the safest places.
I think it's really the Citiy's fault and the County, as we are far behind other places for making biking safer. Charleston is falling behind and will continue to become more gridlock traffic. My parents never bought me a car, so I only rode a bike even at the College of Charleston. I rode my bike to the grocery store and one day it was snowing and a pickup truck deliberately tried to run me over, when I was obeying the law. The police officer told me, it was against the law to ride my bike in the street, said I should have been on the sidewalk, and issued me a ticket; the driver of the truck also pressed charges against me and claimed I was ramming his pickup truck with my bike in the snow and ice, and I had to deal with that for over a year, when I was just riding my bike to the grocery store, and he tried to run me over; it's the closest I've ever come to being run over, and was very lucky not to have been killed. I've seen other college students run over in the crosswalk at the College of Charleston. Another friend of mine witnessed a little girl get hit by a car at Folly. The driver was tailgating. The little girl had to lay on the hot pavement being burned because they couldn't move her because of neck and back injuries. Had there not been a witness, I'm sure the driver would have said she rode her bike out in the street. Cars are speeding down all those streets downtown. It's gotten a lot better and I feel safe on quite streets, but try to avoid busy streets where I've almost been run over before. There should at least be bike lanes on Broad, Meeting, East Bay, etc, any major street and more "Share the Road" signs, and signs up at intersections, that say, "Pedestrians have the right of way" because some drivers think it's ok to run pedestrians down. But I degrees. I'm also thankful for the progress and effort Charleston Moves and City officials, such as Mike Seekings, who are promoting safer bike and pedestrian access.
This is anti biking. What do you expect with the unnecessary hostility towards cyclist in the Post and Courier? How do you think it felt to walk out and think your bike was stolen? Did no one consider that 2 bike corrals wasn't enough? Did anyone even bother to write a letter to the editor? The City should pay back the fine and $50 for a new bike lock! Bike corrals should be on every block. Put a sign there. If it takes a parking space that's still 20 people not in their car competing for the one parking space. Bikes have never been a problem in the city. The only problem are no designated bike lanes and now the police stealing your bike. They could put up "No bikes on sidewalk" if that is a problem, and bike corrals on every block! All these activist and public officials should have known that two bike corrals wasn't enough. That's the problem. Most people don't ride road bikes. They ride mountain bikes or beach cruisers and aren't causing a problem.
Why does the city treat bike riders differently from car drivers? I assume that drivers know where they can't park because of No Parking signs. Or does the city simply tell drivers on Facebook where they can't park?
And which Facebook page? The city's own? How many people log on to the city's page? Are they required to on a daily/weekly/monthly schedule? Did the media publicise it/re-print the press release on the front page/broadcast it on the evening news? Is it a legal civic duty to read/watch them?
And how many accidents/injuries/interruption of street sweeping machines have there been as a result of locked bikes falling down?
And if I should be touring SC and visit your fair city, how would I know that I can't park my bike in a particular location?
I think this is a smart, progressive and forward thinking policy by the city. Bravo Joe!
"We put in on Facebook.... We don't know what else we could've done."
Seriously?! I wasn't aware that Facebook was an official mode of government communication. Total bull...
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