Comment 6604

By Ted Mitchell (registered) | Posted May 09, 2007 at 21:22:27

Sean is being too nice with this article. I would like to see a study on how many Hamiltonians are bothered by the lawn maintenance noise and pollution that is de rigueur for "civilized" urbanites these days. Wild guess, 25% find this extremely annoying. Truthfully more, but since they have the weapons hanging in the garage they'll never admit it.

On the survey, put me down for "this is the single most irritating thing I experience at my home", and "I'm in disbelief that seemingly nice, educated people can do this to their neighbours"

The vanity virus has spread quickly from the suburbs.

It is not that it is so much louder than the city trimming trees or clearing snow. It's that it is so selfish and unnecessary. Once after a night shift, a neighbour's lawn service leaf blower with no working muffler woke me up, above the fan noise I use to mask such things. I quietly confronted her with how unbelievably annoying it was (the conversation was difficult due to the noise). "I don't know what I can do" was the reply. Ahhh... forget it. We don't talk. It is hard to consider such people human.

How many years will it take before people start to consider that baby steps such as banning these things on smog days might be worth considering and hopefully we will not offend those sweet lawn companies who provide so much employment and put food on Tiny Tim's plate... (shhhh don't tell them that more jobs could be created if workers used quiet manual tools)

I doubt that guilt or shame will work, obviously the guilty are deficient in these qualities. But vanity might, as in if several people on a posh street hire noiseless lawn services, then it becomes trendy to show off that you can afford the greener way. I hold out some hope for that.

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