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Leaf Blowers

Monday, November 17, 2008
By an amazing coincidence, it was exactly a year ago today that I ranted about the noise generated by leaf blowers. Yet here I am today, at an unreasonably hour in the morning (at least by unemployed standards), listening to them use an internal combustion engine to turn a fan which then blows air around... and this is what they use to move leaves. (Not, for instance, a rake.)

a RAKE

I love technology. Technology has brought us incredible things: the Internet, special effects in movies that DON'T look terrible, and genetically delicious Life cereal. However, when the line forms for people who think that technology isn't the answer to everything, I'll be at the front. Is it more efficient to use a leaf blower than the rake? Perhaps for the person having to move the leaves. But the net effect of a leaf blower is absolutely negative: consider the noise pollution, the air pollution, the consumption of fossil fuels, the energy used in the construction of the thing, etc. All so someone can save a few minutes waving a magical wand of air movement instead of, for instance, a rake.

One day a committee will be formed for the express purpose of making the world a better place. I hope to be on this committee. I will encourage the use of rakes or, at least, quiet leaf blowers. Why? Because the quiet is good for us all.

2 Comments:

Blogger nicole said...

LOL LOL LOL my husband (aka your brother) rants about this almost daily. to the point that now he dreams of saturdays spent raking instead of working. it must be in your genes!

11:22 AM, November 17, 2008  
Anonymous alex said...

I hope one day you own a house with several GIANT trees around you, and live in an area where the HOA doesn't allow blowers.

I always rake (just broke the damn thing Saturday), aside from a bit of a workout, it isn't all that quite either (yet no where near the sound of damn blower which was running in the neighborhood some place).

9:42 AM, November 18, 2008  

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