Why Bother with Yard Work

When it comes to yard work there are two groups of people: those that like it, and those folks that don’t.  I do not judge anyone on where they stand on the issue.   But in my neighborhood there is a third group that is a radical off shoot of the folks that don’t like yard work.  It’s not that they don’t like yard work and can’t afford to pay landscapers because their BMW payments are too high.  It’s a group that has a deep hatred of all living organic matter and a belief that it must be killed by painfully poisonous chemicals.    And Round-Up is that chemical choice.

Round-up is sold as a concentrate and the recommended use is 1 part Round-up, 42 parts water.   But four of the 18 homes in my neighborhood (22%) apply it quarterly in its thick concentrate syrupy form with a paint brush – leaving no fighting Darwinian chance for a blade to grow or, god forbid, a wild flower to bloom.

These four neighbors don’t own typical gardening/landscaping tools or equipment other than chemical masks and bio suits.

The benefits of Round-Up vs landscaping are 1.) less time working in the yard, 2.) increased tolerance against chemical warfare, and 3.) less time working in the yard.

I don’t know who started this landscape technique, maybe they read about it on Pinterest? Or they were influenced by the NASA Mars Exploration program.  I don’t care.  But I do hope that it stops.   Perfectly nice family homes on calcified dirt, gives the neighborhood a very eerie look.   Photos provided by the good folks of Google Earth and by NASA/JPL.

roundup4 My Neighborhood Pic#1

mars_nasa1  My Neighborhood Pic#2

roundup3 Dwelling Unit on Mars

roundup1My Neighborhood Pic #3


The Neighborhood Support of a Hero

The Neighborhood Support of a Hero

I believe that military personnel that are called to serve overseas are heroes.   They leave behind families that depend on them and learn to cope when they are away.  These families sacrifice as well,  AND are part of the military heroes that I look up to.

I also believe there are many other occupational heroes to, such as police and firemen, forest rangers AND tow truck drivers.   To a lesser degree of military personnel deployed overseas,  these occupations also save lives and make the world a better place for people that are in need and are inconvenienced.  However, for the tow truck driver, not only are the families affected when the driver is deployed  – so is the entire neighborhood that lives on the same street as the tow truck driver.

For the past two years, such a hero lives down the street from us.  Before he moved in, I didn’t realize that these drivers are deployed many many times EVERY night. AND that tow trucks are the loudest type of diesel engines on the planet, AND that they cannot shut off the 160 dB back up beeper as a favor to the neighborhood.

Many nights the driver will come home at 3:05AM, and whisper “I love you” to his girlfriend (or pick up drugs) only to be deployed at 3:07AM on his way to help a person in need (or someone that needs drugs).

So the next time you are in need and call AAA at ungodly hours of the night, remember that the hero tow truck driver that answered the call has woken up his entire family and neighborhood.   If that driver is in a yellow truck, is short, has a Chihuahua, and is missing a few fingers on his right hand, you can also thank my family and my neighborhood for the sleep deprivation we endure EVERY night.