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liverock
09/16/2015, 08:31 AM
A big shout of thanks to RC member nathan1986

He went way above and beyond to help a blind disabled veteran set up his 125 gallon reef tank. Nate lives in New port Richey and volunteered to set up this vets tank. First trip over he did dome plumbing repairs that was needed first then added the live sand and rock.

Even not feeling great today...fighting a cold...he is on the way right now to the vets house in Winter Haven with the rest of the package for his tank, which is a good hours drive each way.

Never asked for anything, just said he "Is glad to help", sure is a breath of fresh air in today's world!:bounce2:

Thank you Nate!

Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com

CStrickland
09/16/2015, 08:42 AM
Yay Nate! :thumbsup:
And thanks to all the vets in here for their service <3

BrandonFlorida
09/16/2015, 09:29 AM
Great job nate!

KingTriton1
09/16/2015, 09:38 AM
:thumbsup:

DopeCantWin
09/16/2015, 09:47 AM
It's great that he's helping, but I'm a little confused about a blind person having a fish tank?

drukkosz
09/16/2015, 09:52 AM
It's great that he's helping, but I'm a little confused about a blind person having a fish tank?

Thats what I was just thinking

ballhog
09/16/2015, 09:53 AM
Its good to hear. Good Job Nate!!

Hitch08
09/16/2015, 09:57 AM
Nice work, Nate!

ca1ore
09/16/2015, 11:23 AM
Friend of mine is 'legally blind' but can still see a little. He enjoys his tank. FWIW, I think this hobby attracts a lot of high caliber people. Always willing to lend a hand.

liverock
09/16/2015, 11:25 AM
Friend of mine is 'legally blind' but can still see a little. He enjoys his tank. FWIW, I think this hobby attract a lot of high caliber people. Always willing to lend a hand.

Bingo.....winner....

He has some steampunk super magnifier glasses that allows him to see some color...I am sure Nate will hop in here and report later...

Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com

MBMAX
09/16/2015, 11:39 AM
nice work...God bless you.

KStatefan
09/16/2015, 11:41 AM
That is cool.

nathan1986
09/16/2015, 05:40 PM
Dave (the vet) was a really nice guy as well as richard. Its always awkward going to someone's house that you dont know let alone spending 5 or so hours there lol but he can see color, he sees people as shapes, and he can see movement if he gets close enough. And like richard said he also has some special magnifying glasses, very similar to jewelers glasses to help him see even smaller things. Dave has always had freshwater aquariums, and currently has 3 set up but always wanted a reef tank. From what dave said he bought his 125g aquarium used, something like 10 years ago (it still looks new) and never got to set it up. im constantly asking for help/questions on here and when i seen richards post asking for someone to help someone out, i knew it was my chance to give back to someone. And im glad i did. I tried my best to arrange the rocks to where the fish, when he adds some, can easly swim thru the rocks as dave can see movement. He is very happy with his tank and richards rock, sand, critters and corals looked amazing. To be honest ive been messing with my aquarium for over 3 years and daves looked a thousand times better than mine by my second trip out there HAHA but thank you to everyone for the kind words. One random act of kindness can go a long way. And i wouldnt hesitate if i had another opportunity to do it again.

Here is daves tank after the "package" was in place
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KStatefan
09/16/2015, 05:48 PM
Bingo.....winner....

He has some steampunk super magnifier glasses that allows him to see some color...I am sure Nate will hop in here and report later...

Richard TBS
www.tbsaltwater.com

Does not seem like to me it should mater.

KStatefan
09/16/2015, 05:50 PM
Dave (the vet) was a really nice guy as well as richard. Its always awkward going to someone's house that you dont know let alone spending 5 or so hours there lol but he can see color, he sees people as shapes, and he can see movement if he gets close enough. And like richard said he also has some special magnifying glasses, very similar to jewelers glasses to help him see even smaller things. Dave has always had freshwater aquariums, and currently has 3 set up but always wanted a reef tank. From what dave said he bought his 125g aquarium used, something like 10 years ago (it still looks new) and never got to set it up. im constantly asking for help/questions on here and when i seen richards post asking for someone to help someone out, i knew it was my chance to give back to someone. And im glad i did. I tried my best to arrange the rocks to where the fish, when he adds some, can easly swim thru the rocks as dave can see movement. He is very happy with his tank and richards rock, sand, critters and corals looked amazing. To be honest ive been messing with my aquarium for over 3 years and daves looked a thousand times better than mine by my second trip out there HAHA but thank you to everyone for the kind words. One random act of kindness can go a long way. And i wouldnt hesitate if i had another opportunity to do it again.

Here is daves tank after the "package" was in place
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That looks nice.

saf1
09/16/2015, 06:39 PM
There are good people in the world but their deeds get droned out by the noise and 24 hour media cycle. It is good when someone takes a few minutes out of their day to also write/post about something good they saw that is actually noteworthy such as this.

On a unrelated note it does make me always pause for a few seconds and reset my own compass. Makes me take a second to rethink my initial reaction when someone walks up to me at the gas station and asking for change. There are those people in need and there are those people that can assist.

So to you Richard, thanks for posting. To you Nathan thanks for both assisting a stranger and reminding others that we can do little things to help out.

deleau
09/16/2015, 09:11 PM
:thumbsup:

figuerres
09/16/2015, 11:26 PM
Dave (the vet) was a really nice guy as well as richard. Its always awkward going to someone's house that you dont know let alone spending 5 or so hours there lol but he can see color, he sees people as shapes, and he can see movement if he gets close enough. And like richard said he also has some special magnifying glasses, very similar to jewelers glasses to help him see even smaller things. Dave has always had freshwater aquariums, and currently has 3 set up but always wanted a reef tank. From what dave said he bought his 125g aquarium used, something like 10 years ago (it still looks new) and never got to set it up. im constantly asking for help/questions on here and when i seen richards post asking for someone to help someone out, i knew it was my chance to give back to someone. And im glad i did. I tried my best to arrange the rocks to where the fish, when he adds some, can easly swim thru the rocks as dave can see movement. He is very happy with his tank and richards rock, sand, critters and corals looked amazing. To be honest ive been messing with my aquarium for over 3 years and daves looked a thousand times better than mine by my second trip out there HAHA but thank you to everyone for the kind words. One random act of kindness can go a long way. And i wouldnt hesitate if i had another opportunity to do it again.

Here is daves tank after the "package" was in place
328837

NICE !

a couple of stories;

in high school I had a tutor who was legally blind, but for him it was like super near sighted ness , so he could read a paper or book by holding it super close to his face, it was kind of odd but heck he was super smart and a good guy.

later when I worked at a computer store that sold games that were used for cheap we had a couple who were regular customers, one was blind and the other was legally blind, nice folks who got all the old text adventure games as they had a speech synthesizer that read the text to them. they were so happy that we had so many old games it was a gold mine for them and we did repairs to keep them going.

fast forward to now, this year I got a scary wake up on vision and what happens as we get older....
I am not going blind but I have a disorder that makes my eyes not as able to see details as they used to be, it's called by several names like "macular wrinkle" it happens sometimes as we get older and there is not much they can do about it , there is surgery they can do but only if it's really bad. for most folks it just means that you can not get glasses that will give you back 20/20 vision, you can still drive, read, go to movies etc... just think of it like wearing dirty glasses and having some small details be blurry , how much depends on how bad the "wrinkles" are.
when I first heard that I needed to see a specialist I was really freaking out with thoughts of the other much worse macular stuff....

by the way the "Macula" is the area at the back of the eye where your eye focuses and the main part of your vision happens. if that gets damaged in any way it can lead to blindness or some kind of vision loss.

Bent
09/16/2015, 11:48 PM
There are good people in the world but their deeds get droned out by the noise and 24 hour media cycle. It is good when someone takes a few minutes out of their day to also write/post about something good they saw that is actually noteworthy such as this.

On a unrelated note it does make me always pause for a few seconds and reset my own compass. Makes me take a second to rethink my initial reaction when someone walks up to me at the gas station and asking for change. There are those people in need and there are those people that can assist.

So to you Richard, thanks for posting. To you Nathan thanks for both assisting a stranger and reminding others that we can do little things to help out.

I dunno man. Drugs have made the world a scary place. It seems like a lot of the bad stuff that happens can all be traced back to drugs. I don't think it was like this back in the day. 15-20 years ago if someone was approaching me at a gas station I would have shook hands, spoke with him/her, and gone on with my day. Now days if anyone I don't know comes toward me, my hand covertly goes to my sidearm. Back then the thought of carrying a gun everywhere never really crossed my mind. Now the thought of not carrying one never crosses my mind. It could just be me, but the world just seems more dangerous.

But good on you Nathan for being a stand up guy.

CStrickland
09/17/2015, 12:33 AM
Maybe it depends where you live, plenty of drugs over here in the 1990's ;)
It's too bad you live with that fear, crime rates are much lower than they were 15-20 years ago. Especially homicides and violence against police. They just make it sound bad on the news and when it's election time.

eddiereefs
09/17/2015, 12:51 AM
Lets stay on topic guys... good job nathan for being a good samaritan. Makes me smile.

nuxx
09/17/2015, 12:25 PM
Awesome :)

Shawn O
09/17/2015, 01:28 PM
I dunno man. Drugs have made the world a scary place. It seems like a lot of the bad stuff that happens can all be traced back to drugs. I don't think it was like this back in the day. Back then the thought of carrying a gun everywhere never really crossed my mind. It could just be me, but the world just seems more dangerous.

Maybe it depends where you live, plenty of drugs over here in the 1990's ;)
It's too bad you live with that fear, crime rates are much lower than they were 15-20 years ago. Especially homicides and violence against police. They just make it sound bad on the news and when it's election time.

Drugs have always been around, just not as prevalent. What has changed is people's willingness to harm others. Crime rates are lower but crimes are getting more violent than the old days. You never used to see people getting killed during a robbery. Now it's pretty much the norm. What I've noticed is the sharply contrasting extremes these days. I don't carry everywhere I go but don't hesitate if the chances of being harmed are higher in the places I must go, such as running down to the inconvenience store for a pack of butts or a gallon of milk after 10 pm or going to the bank. It's not fear so much as a determination to not be a victim and certainly to not be incapacitated from such an event that I cannot support or protect my family. And crime rates being lower directly correlates to the rise in gun ownership in most places where crime rates are dropping.

As far as the person in the OP, good going. It's nice to see folks helping others with no motive of personal gain. It seems to be getting rare these days.

An elderly couple stranded on the side of the road was kind of shocked that I wouldn't take money for changing their flat tire. People have become so jaded these days that nobody wants to help others, and when someone does they don't know what to make of it.

To the OP, thanks for posting this. It's good to hear of the positive that still exists out there.

mattgumaer
09/17/2015, 02:05 PM
Great job Nathan. It's a nice reminder of the positive impact that can flow from helping one another when the opportunity presents itself. I know my jumping into the saltwater hobby (pun sort of intended) was made much easier by having the participants at Reef Central take the time to read my posts and give thoughtful advice.

Matt

Sk8r
09/17/2015, 02:53 PM
Collectively, we and our neighbors' actions determine the slice of world we live in. That part of it we CAN control. I like the one where a guy goes the extra mile to help a guy who gave the extra measure. I hope that tank succeeds beautifully.

nathan1986
09/17/2015, 06:00 PM
Thanks again for everyones kind words. I try to help when im able to. ive given people money at gas stations and what not but only when i dont have Something else to offer. Id much rather give away my breakfast/lunch/dinner to someone than money. Might sound bad but the area i live in is the pill capital of the US. chances are my money given to most is going to their drinking/drug habit which i dont want to support with my limited hard earned money, but i dont mind putting food in their stomach. Every person will view each situation differently, some may help when others wouldnt but we all get our chance to do something kind

chris.scang
09/17/2015, 06:08 PM
Thanks for posting Richard.

And to Nathan, as a vet myself and a reef junky thanks to Richard, thank you for taking time out of your life to help a vet. I'm sure it meant the world to him to finally have a reef tank set up. Way to go!

nathan1986
09/17/2015, 09:32 PM
Thanks for posting Richard.

And to Nathan, as a vet myself and a reef junky thanks to Richard, thank you for taking time out of your life to help a vet. I'm sure it meant the world to him to finally have a reef tank set up. Way to go!
Ya dave was very happy to finally have his tank up and running. He said he wasnt going to do it without using richards rock and sand lol thanks for your service chris!