The Media Catches Up?

October 24, 2009

A day or so after I posted my short piece on leaf blowers the Oregonian, my local paper, ran a whole page article giving what they thought were the pros and cons of rakes versus blowers. It seems I have a few allies in the battle; and some enemies. There were some claims that the blowers were more efficient by outrageous and somehow unbelievable margins. These were from landscape companies and city officials who could hardly say otherwise without looking foolish, after having spent a lot of money on buying and maintaining them.

But lets just assume that blowers were more efficient by say two or three times. I still dont care. The noise and smell of the things outweighs the benefit of speed. Speed which is overrated in any case. What is our rush?

In the neighbourhood where I live, the crews come around twice a week to clean the place up year round. When they leave everything is spick and span and yet there is not a soul on the street to admire it. We are all inside glued to the idiot boxes; TV and computer. The street is sterile. Clear of any leaf or human.

But even as I write this I can hear a blower somewhere close by. The autumn sun filters down through the golden leaves and mist, but the scene is almost raped by someones impatience and fury at nature.

Kill the blowers!


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