Things I Don’t Understand Thursday-The Leaf Blower
The other day I was walking my dog and happened to see a man using a leaf blower, let’s call him Mr. Leafblower, to blow leaves on to the street, my first reaction was why would anyone do this? Which leads me to my first Thursday post of Things I Don’t Understand.
I am proud to say I have never used a leaf blower in my life and frankly I just don’t understand why people own them. The man I saw blowing leaves was blow them off of his lawn to the curb, where the leaves sat neatly between the cars, he had no plans to pick them up and throw them away or mulch them, his plan was to well, move them. I wonder when he was done moving these leaves did he high five himself? Did he walk into his home and open a nice craft beer telling himself he had earned it? Did he start a conversation with his neighbor, sharing that he went out of his way to avoid blowing all the leaves on to his property, no really neighbor you should thank me.
When I walk my dog, I’m usually listening to a podcast or talking with my family and in some cases I like to just clear my mind and think about life, finances, things I need to do etc. In this case I got to think about this frocking guy. My question of why would anyone do this, started to go a little further. I started to think of the thought process behind Mr. Leafblower. The general idea of a leaf blower is OK at best, it is designed to move leaves into one spot, this allows less labor than using Mr. Rake. That is the best glowing review I can give a leaf blower. OK Mr. Leafblower’s plans were to move leaves off his property using a machine, instead of getting exercise and using a rake, the cost effectiveness of buying a rake($7) vs buying a leafblower($70), the constant noise of the airplane engine like motor, the pollution that one causes with Mr. Leafblower, if someone mentions electric as alternative please leave the blog immediately! Back to Mr. Leafblowers plans. OK move all of the leaves, now to pick them up and have them ready to put into a bag or mulch them and put them back into your lawn. No Mr. Leafblower’s plan was to put them into the street, that’s it job done. Does this frocking guy understand that we live a city given the nickname the Windy City, does he not get that these leaves are going to blow all over the place, including his own yard. It’s not like you call up the city and put in a request to pick up the leaves you just put in the street, behind all the cars parked in front of your house. Why would anyone do this?
I don’t understand the leaf blower. If I ever buy a leaf blower please have an intervention for me. I’m sure they are useful to someone out there, but I think they are one of the most unnecessary items in our consumer driven society. Mr. Money Mustache doesn’t like big SUV’s, well I don’t like leaf blower’s. I’m keeping my $70 and I’m going to rake leaves instead, I might even mulch them back into the soil, but I will not be buying a leaf blower, I promise.
Want to read more about leaf blower’s check out this article, made me laugh a couple times.