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    Freakin' Leaves

    Took advantage of 70 degree weather in Michigan today. Normal fall day, winding, leaves on the road: mostly pretty normal. That was till I rounded a curve, several inches of leaves on the road. Some fool was mowing his yard and blowing the leaves across the the road. There he was in the other lane thankfully blowing the leaves. Must of been 4 inches of leaves he was blowing to the other side.

    Was a great day, little winding but sunny and nice. Must of been every bike in the area enjoying the last warm day. Lots of groups out, only one lone Beemer I saw.
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    We have a few neighbours that get rid of their leaves by raking or blowing them onto the street. I curse them every time I ride past their houses on wet days.
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    Solution to this (neighbor blowing leaves into the street) is the same as for a neighbor's dog dumping in your yard ... after dark, go empty all your bags of leaves into the middle of his yard. Might take more than once for the jerk to get the message.
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    Last summer while driving my truck with the window down, I got hit in the side of the head with a rock which was thrown by an idiot's lawn mower while he was blowing his grass out into the street...
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    Here in Mass. they water the road all summer, blow leaves in road all fall, then throw snow in road all winter. Seems to be the same folks doing it all year.
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    Sometimes you really want to slap the stupid out of them, but as my Dad once said - " Son, you just can't fix stupid so you're going to have to learn to get used to it, some people are just like that".
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    Quote Originally Posted by junkjohn View Post
    Here in Mass. they water the road all summer, blow leaves in road all fall, then throw snow in road all winter. Seems to be the same folks doing it all year.
    Wow! I thought it was just around me. This didn't seem to happen in the past. My theory is the "new" to home ownership grew up in an environment where the parents did everything for them-(they never had to mow the lawn). This has led to the "new" homeowners trying to do property maintenance without the guidance of their father or grandfather to tell them "not to blow that crap in the road".
    This coupled with the diminishing lack of civility............ OM
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    i asked a neighbour last winter why he was shovelling snow into the road. I was told to mind my own business. I explained that there were bylaws against that practice. He told me, quite fiercely, to have a nice day. As I left, he moved that snow back onto the boulevard.
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    When I lived in Kansas (Fort Riley) I just mowed my grass real, real short. When the big Kansas winds came up I would be left with a clean lawn. My next door neighbor had a yard full of leaves.
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    It disappointing that law enforcement does get more proactive with these dangerous violations. We get people pushing snow across the road and leaving a mess difficult to get through or around. Very dangerous, especially in whiteout conditons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    We have a few neighbours that get rid of their leaves by raking or blowing them onto the street. I curse them every time I ride past their houses on wet days.
    In my town, we rake the leaves to the curb and the borough vacuums them every couple of days. You have to be careful when driving, but it helps people get rid of the leaves without burning or sending them to the landfill.

    The vac truck sucks them up and takes them to our yard waste fill area. It seems to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    Around here you get a 120.oo $ ticket if you are caught blowing leaves onto the road. My city wants you to bag em and place them curbside then they pick them up once a week untill the snow flys.They are very seriuos about this hazard.
    Bag them and send them to the landfill? That doesn't make sense.

    The leaves will decompose many years before the bags.
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    I guess I'm in the minority here but despite living in snow and falling leaf territory for much of life, I don't get very excited about that stuff in the road. It can be seen or avoided if paying attention and has never risen to a serious hazard level for me. I used to get much more annoyed about the municipal plow guys leaving a 4 ft snow berm across the end of my driveway right after it got cleared- so it had to be removed again before cars could get out. Nothing like moving a ton or two of slushy snow for fun...I "fixed" that when I added a 4WD with bash plate to the fleet and just drove through it or over it, if it froze in place.

    We always got rid of leaves by burning when I was kid (kids job to do the yard, of course). And we had plenty- enough to put a 18-24" layer over the whole property. We'd push them into the big dry creek bed in the back and end up with a pile the whole width of the property and filling the creek bed right to the top- maybe 8 ft deep and 25 ft wide. The fun came when we poured something from 1/2 to a full gallon of gasoline sprinkled down into the leaves and gave it time to vaporize, then laid a gas trail so we could ignite from a safe distance. (Think of molotov cocktail leaf disposal). Done right, one got a spectacular leaf explosion of a whole creek full of flaming leaves jumping several feet upward and with a very satisfying thump of ignition. These days, folks would think terrorists were making explosive devices. We also learned to use vaporized gasoline to mortar the muskrats out of banks to prevent floodwater from washing the bank downstream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by racer7 View Post
    I guess I'm in the minority here but despite living in snow and falling leaf territory for much of life, I don't get very excited about that stuff in the road. It can be seen or avoided if paying attention and has never risen to a serious hazard level for me. I used to get much more annoyed about the municipal plow guys leaving a 4 ft snow berm across the end of my driveway right after it got cleared- so it had to be removed again before cars could get out. Nothing like moving a ton or two of slushy snow for fun...I "fixed" that when I added a 4WD with bash plate to the fleet and just drove through it or over it, if it froze in place.

    We always got rid of leaves by burning when I was kid (kids job to do the yard, of course). And we had plenty- enough to put a 18-24" layer over the whole property. We'd push them into the big dry creek bed in the back and end up with a pile the whole width of the property and filling the creek bed right to the top- maybe 8 ft deep and 25 ft wide. The fun came when we poured something from 1/2 to a full gallon of gasoline sprinkled down into the leaves and gave it time to vaporize, then laid a gas trail so we could ignite from a safe distance. (Think of molotov cocktail leaf disposal). Done right, one got a spectacular leaf explosion of a whole creek full of flaming leaves jumping several feet upward and with a very satisfying thump of ignition. These days, folks would think terrorists were making explosive devices. We also learned to use vaporized gasoline to mortar the muskrats out of banks to prevent floodwater from washing the bank downstream...
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    I have a neighbor in my town who are too lazy to dispose of his leaves properly. So they spend hours running the lawnmower back and forth in one direction to blow the leaves out into the street. In our town, we pick up the leaves ourselves, then deposit them in a huge pile at a designated location in town. Then a big tractor comes and fills up a couple of semi-trailer dump trucks. The leaves are then hauled to farmer's fields where they are spread out and tilled into the soil.

    The funny thing about the neighbor: 1), he is on the town council. 2) He has so much free time, he can spend all day blowing leaves into the street instead of bagging them and hauling them to the dump - which is faster. Of course, this is the same guy who during the warm months, clears out his garage and sprays down the floor with the hose every Saturday. And the only thing that ever happens in the garage is his wife drives her minivan in and out of it each day.

    I tell him in my next life, I plan to have a life like his, which has lots of free time. He has no hobbies, no real hands-on skills, and despite being on highway construction engineer, really does not apply himself much.

    On second thought, that all sounds pretty boring.
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