Los Angeles. What's as ubiquitous as sunshine, douche-bags in convertibles, taco trucks and shitty drivers?
I'm glad you asked. Leaf blowers. Yes, leaf blowers.
It seems that every Mexican in Los Angeles County is required, by law, to carry one of these infernal devices on their backs.
And please don't email me about being racist. In other parts of the world I'm sure white people, Asians and even Jews have these noisy, polluting pieces of shit strapped to their bodies, but we're talking LA here.
Admit it. I'm right.
These sloth-inspiring, gas guzzling, smoke spewing, loud-as-hell machines merely move leaves and other garden debris from a highly visible patch of yard to one that is not so visible (perhaps the neighbor's yard?) — the backyard equivalent of sweeping dirt under the carpet.
But sweeping is usually not loud enough to wake the dead. Leaf blowing, by contrast, is.
Strangely, among the customary gear that gardeners tote around is a rake — a quiet and efficient leaf control device used for centuries. Rakes, like brooms, however, stay in a pile of never-to-be-used tools.
Another maddening fact about leaf blowers is that they are not just for leaves any more. I live next to a Standard Parking garage (I have a list of grievances for that company!) and they now use leaf blowers to blow candy wrappers and cigarette butts from one part of the garage to another.
Again, they never touch brooms. Instead, the Leaf Blower Brigade blows crap around Standard's two neighboring structures on Sunday nights between the hours of 10:00 PM and 1:30 in the morning, waking neighbors, causing pets to bark and howl and me to whine incessantly to 311.
Do leaf blowers suck or is it just me?
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