“My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?” ― Erma Bombeck
If you work an afternoon shift and crave sleeping in beyond 8 a.m. in the morning then these early bird dust eaters are viewed by you as more of a bane than a benefit.
The men using the equipment are entrusted to clear the streets of the decaying leaves and branches and twigs and mounds of sand that were used in the winter to help drivers steer more safely on icy roads.
They are the municipal early bird employees who must clean up the sandy remnants of a treacherous winter driving season. What was once essential to safe driving during the winter months is now creating a public nuisance to pedestrians .
The persistent whining sound of the portable thirty pound blowing machines at times strapped securely to their backs creates enough of a racket to awaken even the most deepest of sleepers.
The dust that is blown aloft creates the same effect as a Saharan sand storm. The clouds of sand are thick and blinding and clearing up the city streets is top priority this time of year for the workers.
It is obviously not a desirable form of employment but the men who perform this essential service are dedicated and their work is vital to the safety and security of the local environment.