I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why people decide to live in the neighborhoods that they do. The bottom line, I think, is that people make communities great. It’s all about who lives there, what they do, and the little things that contribute to great communities. Recently, I was talking to my friend Sarah, and she told me about a new exercise she’s been doing called “plogging.” 

Essentially, it’s the practice of picking up trash while jogging or walking. It’s very easy, very simple, and all you need is a pair of gloves and a plastic bag. The plogging movement started in Sweden a few years ago, and we’re doing our part to bring it to Houston. 

“The cleaner our drains are, the less likely it is that our streets will flood in the future.”

For the next two weeks, I’d love for you all to accept the plogging challenge. Next time you go for a walk or a run, adopt a drain in your neighborhood and get to plogging. After you’re done, take a picture of yourself holding the trash bag. Then, tag me on Twitter @HoustonBroker and make sure to include the hashtag #ploggingchallengehouston. At the end of the two weeks, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win four movie tickets.

This is just a fun thing I wanted to do to help clean up our community a bit and demonstrate how we can help keep our drains clean. We’ve lived through some traumatic flooding here, so the cleaner our drains are, the less likely it is that our streets are going to flood. Starting at 2:52 in the video above, you can see my plogging challenge for yourself!

If you have any other questions for me in the meantime, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.