04 December 2011
Some people REALLY hate leafblowers
Several weeks ago I watched this video while (coincidentally) the sound of our neighbors' leafblower was audible through my office wall. At our house the leaves get raked onto tarps, then dragged to a leafpile in the woods to compost down to leafmulch for the gardens. We don't mind the neighbors' use of leafblowers; it's much faster and more practical for a family where both adults work.
The subjects in this CBS News video have a different viewpoint. The people in the cliffside home have suffered silently from the noise generated by the hoi polloi in the valley; another family have been "unable to have birthday parties on Saturday." I was particularly bemused to note at the 6:20 closing scene that the lady claims that a rake works beautifully and peacefully - while wielding an iron rake used for dethatching. I would guess that she doesn't rake her own leaves. Or perhaps I'm being uncharitable.