Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 12: What's Worse than Evil Tree Seed Pods? Leafblowers!

Leafblowers of Sacramento, why do I hate thee?  Let me count the ways...

  • Creating obnoxious noise that's impossible to escape
  • Shattering the peaceful silence starting around 5am (weekdays and weekends)
  • Mounding up piles of debris that block bike lanes or occupy parking spots
  • Sending clouds of swirling dust and dirt into the air
  • Making it hard to breathe when walking or biking nearby
  • Polluting the air with noxious gas fumes
  • Uselessly repeating the process over and over and over again
That short list hardly seems sufficient to fully express the depth of my loathing for these awful machines that are ubiquitous throughout downtown Sacramento, especially around all of the State buildings and the Capitol.

And apparently, I'm not the only one who has a deep hatred of leafblowers, as evidenced by these web sites  and posts that came up immediately during a very short search: Citizens for a Quieter Sacramento (I may need to join this local group!), Leaf Blower Culture: A Sickness With No Cure?, and Garden Rant.

I may not be very fond of those evil tree seed pods, but I really do abhor these nasty leafblowers!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

They could at least turn to electric blowers to reduce fumes!!! Mr. E!

8:38 AM  

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