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Friday, March 5, 2010

Feeling disordered...

Feeling disordered

Seems everyone on Kaua‘i wants to stop something, either vacation rentals, big boxes, traffic, the Superferry, the bike trail or resort development.

I wish to add weed-blowers to the list of antis. Although I never considered myself an anti, I have become anti-weed blower. In fact I believe I have developed PTWD … “Post traumatic weed-blower disorder.”

The sound is deafening, you cannot conduct a conversation in person or on the phone if there is a weed-blower within 100 feet of you. The exhaust is polluting and the people operating them are usually wearing earplugs of some sort, making everyone else suffer.

Who ever invented the weed blower surely enjoys seeing people’s nerves tried.

What is the purpose of the weed blower?

My neighborhood is in a weed-blower frenzy. One neighbor blows weeds into another neighbors yard and that neighbor blows the weeds and leaves back.

Eventually all the leaves and refuse return.

Weed blowers are the ultimate noise pollution, deafening to the point of no return. When a neighbor is weed-blowing something snaps, like the brain goes in all directions. Your eyes grow big, you start to shake, all you can do is patiently wait to discuss this with your therapist.

Whatever happened to the good old fashioned rake, broom and shovel? At least raking is quiet therapeutic, good exercise and you are disposing of the leaves not just blowing them to a new spot only to have them return again.

I urge the County Council to consider making a law banning weed blowers in residential neighborhoods. The county of Santa Barbara has banned weed-blowers from the many complaints over the years. Maybe Kaua‘i can follow in the footsteps of a well-managed city.

Hopefully I can make it through this post traumatic weed-blower disorder.

1 comment:

Sneezer222 said...

I'm with you on the blowers. WAY too loud, and usually they just blow everything out into the street. What happened to composting? Or other green ways to get rid of the leaves. Like you say, raking is not only quieter, its healthier for EVERYONE.