Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Life of a Leaf Blower

Steve Macone in the October 17th issue of The New Yorker online magazine has a short essay worth reading, especially if you are like me and despise leaf blowers.

Click on I am a Leaf Blower for the full story. Here is a brief excerpt:
"Do you have any idea how hard it used to be to pick up leaves, before I came along? Not very? Shut up. I exist."
Don't you think Kodi would be sad if we used a loud leaf blower instead of a rake....


  1. I'm not sure if I or my wife Jerene despises them more. Perhaps a contest to see who despises leaf blowers the most........... I can't even conceive of how they ever got started. Some inventions you can understand even if you don't like them for various reason. Leaf-blowers are something completely different!!

  2. Hi Ken,

    Unfortunately many of our neighbors have them :-( Maybe they will read my blog and pick up a rake instead :-)

    I hope you have a quiet Sunday morning in your neck of the woods.


  3. Thanks so much for sharing this Ellen!

    Although we now live in a condo complex, my wife and I have done our fair share of leaf raking over the decades when we owned a home.

    Anyway, getting back to our current situation at the condo, the maintenance crew spends countless hours walking slowly around our complex with leaf blowers. My wife and I have often thought about going outside with our rakes (which we still own) and giving them a demonstration of how much faster it would be to rake rather than blow. But, most likely it would do little other than provide the two of us with a few fleeting moments of self-satisfaction. We highly suspect that raking would seem too much like that dreadful concept known as "exercise"! :-)


  4. Hi John,

    I suppose it is helpful to the economy that all these landscaping companies have sprung up to blow people's leaves around, but you'd think that people would enjoy being out in their own yards on a beautiful fall day. And this fall has been spectacular.

    At least I had a good laugh reading Macone's essay.