Ah, summer is almost here!

Summer Noise

Yes, it is that time of year again.  No more snowblowers outside.  Now we have lawnmowers and leaf blowers.

A number of cities in the USA have banned them.  And some places in Canada have too. Perhaps you can organize such a policy in the city/town you live in?

I couldn’t pass up this great cartoon from the New Yorker.  I suspect I am violating copyright law by posting this – but I do it in good faith.

new yorker cartoon



stihl leaf blower

Have you seen the new Stihl ads for their gardening tools?  Everyone in the ad is wearing ear protection, which is great.  But what about those of us who have to listen to these machines? Do we get ear protection? Nope.

And here is a somewhat older Stihl ad for their leaf blower. Yes, he has ear protection. But still the focus is on using a leaf blower.  He could use a rake.

And then there is this video –  I am not sure if it is for real or not, but ….


(BTW – I am not just picking on Stihl.  All sorts of tool manufacturers make these noisy machines!)

If YOU use a leaf blower, please consider getting rid of it, and using a rake and some leaf bags.

And let’s see if we can get our city councils to ban them. Leaf blowers, not leaves.

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