Sunday: Man takes initiative to clean west Tulsa neighborhood
BY MICHAEL OVERALL World Staff Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2012
On a vacant lot near Don Comstock’s house in west Tulsa, the weeds used to grow 10 feet high, blocking his view of a neighbor’s house.
“Well, it never bothered me,” Comstock says. “I don’t own it. I mean, it’s none of my business.”
An elderly woman lived on the other side of the weeds. And one evening, while she was taking groceries out of the car, Comstock introduced himself.
“If there’s anything I can ever do for you,” he said, just to be friendly.
And she mentioned the mice and the snakes and the bugs. And what if there was ever a grass fire?
“Well, ma’am,” Comstock told her, “I’m going to do something about it. I don’t know what, but I’m going to get this thing done.”
Two days later, he paid a guy $100 to brush-hog the lot, then Comstock himself spent the next two weeks clearing debris and picking up trash.
“Boy,” the old woman came out to tell him, “when you say you’re going to do something, you really do it.”
She had no idea.
Read more in Sunday's Tulsa World.
Don Comstock weedeats an embankment near a home at N. 49th west Ave near highway 412 in west Tulsa on Nov. 6. Comstock grew up around the neighborhood with his 10 siblings. After retirement he started cleaning up properties around his home that had been neglected. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World