Friday night, after a long week of work, we settled down to sleep, alarm off, a little extra sleep envisioned in our rapidly approaching dreams. Saturday after 7AM, our dreams were broken by the sounds of leaf blowers. Three men, three leaf blowers, an an idling truck all running continuously between 7:15 and 8:15 were clearing fallen leaves from across the street. The machines were loud. They were stinky. Nothing new here. Except one thing: wind.
By the time I was up and about, Carter and I decided to rake a few leaves of our own (you know, with a real rake). I looked across the street and realized it must have been another house that was cleared of leaves, earlier — our neighbor’s lawn was covered. Of course the wind was blowing hard, and every gust pulled more leaves from the trees, from the surrounding yards, swirling and twirling around. I realized the men had been there for an hour because that’s what our neighbor paid for — pissing in the wind, almost literally.
Feeling slightly guilty, Carter and I spent about 15 minutes raking and bagging some leaves from our lawn. It was kind of fund and energizing, but it was indeed kind of pointless due to the wind, so after a couple of bags, we used our common sense and moved on to something else. In our 1/2 person hour, we left our lawn looking about the same as our neighbor’s with 3 person hours plus 4 machine hours.
And here’s my point. Despite the utter futility of clearing leaves on this windy December morning, the crew of men that showed up at 7AM started their machines, and walked around doing a pointless activity for an hour. I am sure they spent the entire rest of the day doing the same. Each client got … nothing much other than a bill. Certainly no exercise, and certainly not a cleared lawn. The atmosphere got a snootful of CO2, stinky fumes and all sorts of other nasty things. And the landscaping companies and employees got their pay checks.
Own lawn looks as good as the one cleared by 4 machines and 3 men for a full hour. They both look like they have leaves on them.
Everyone did their jobs. No one thought. The air fas filled with pollution, and gasoline was completely wasted. And I got woken up early. Pretty much a dead loss all around.