Saturday, June 26, 2010

Keep It Wasteful Laredo

Bordertown Blues does a great job in capturing a common act perpetrated by Laredoans, young and old:  watering the curb and/or street.

I have never taken part in this practice, mainly because my entire front yard is not paved!   I can see how having your entire property cemented over is much more maintenance-free but some take it a lazier step forward and clean the grounds with hose in hand.  These people can't be bothered with bending forward and pushing a broom around.  I mean, who's got the energy?

My father-in-law (may he rest in peace) used to say that the air would feel cooler after watering the cement.  I don't know about that.  Es mas, try this:  go to your walkway between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and water a certain spot for fifteen seconds.  Then walk on that same spot barefoot.  As I learned last weekend, the cement doesn't stay cool, much less the air.

People are told to water their cement floor to prevent it from cracking but that might fall more in the urban legend category.

What bugs me is that people who water this way are basically sending their debris down the street.  And landscapers and residents who use leaf blowers do the same thing.  They just blow yard trimmings and leaves onto the street.  What's up with that?!

I know it's more efficient for landscapers to use a blower, but for chrissakes, blow it towards the yard.  Stop littering.  And stop bagging grass and leaves while you're at it.

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