If Mobile Looks a Little Cleaner, Thank Mike Wilber

| September 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

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By Michelle Matthews
This is Alabama

“I’m going picking, dear,” Mike Wilber tells his wife, Renee, as he leaves their home in midtown Mobile.

“Picking” is what he calls the hobby he acquired at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. He walks up and down the roadways, using a bright yellow grabber to pick up all kinds of trash. His trained eye can spot a clear plastic wrapper here, a decomposing Styrofoam plate there, among the leaves, puddles, weeds and overgrown grass.

Wilber, a CPA who retired two-and-a-half years ago to his native Mobile, says his hobby is well suited to his personality because, for one thing, he likes for things to be orderly. For another, he can do the job alone – perfect for a “friendly introvert,” as he calls himself. He likes to listen to podcasts as he walks. “I’m thoroughly entertained,” he says.

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