Vincent Safuto’s Weblog

Notes and observations

When the lawn’s being cut, no one sleeps in

I awoke this morning to the endless blatting of lawn equipment — cutters, mowers, edgers and blowers – as the workers fanned out through the community.

It was 8:30 a.m., and while the college students in the apartment complex I live in were either dragging themselves out of bed for another day of education or sleeping off last night’s binge drinking, I was chilling on my second day off. Until the “morning doves” began their chorus.

It’s 11:15 a.m. as I write this, and they’re still at it.

Silence is golden, but a dream on these days when the lawn must be cared for. I just wonder why lawn equipment has to be so blasted loud. So much so that if you’re walking past someone doing something to grass, you have to turn off your iPhone because you can’t hear anything until you’re a half-mile away, even with noise-canceling earbuds.

One of the funniest sights I ever saw was a fellow trying to blow grass clippings with a backpack-mounted blower – in the pouring rain. Needless to say, the clippings were going nowhere, but he kept on trying.

One thing is sure. It’ll be a great day when gas-powered lawn equipment is gone for good.

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August 26, 2010 - Posted by | Living in the modern age | , ,

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