When we returned from Myrtle Beach, we were greeted by the sight of a lawn completely covered in leaves. Having already removed 14 bags of leaves from the lawn prior to our departure, I was not looking forward to tackling the newly fallen layer. You see, I live in Mentor, Ohio, an otherwise fairly progressive municipality which nevertheless has an incredibly primitive and backward trait; namely, the total lack of any kind of curbside leaf pick-up. Warning: ranting & raving begins here: Virtually every other city for miles around has trucks circulating throughout the neighborhood, sucking up vast piles of leaves from treelawns and carrying them off for disposal. The denizens of these other cities have merely to blow or rake their leaves to the curb, and a day or two later – POOF – they disappear! Not those of us in Mentor, Ohio (are you reading this, Councilman Micchia?). We are required to place our leaves in 30 gallon paper bags of a type and size approved by the city, and to transport them to curbside on trash day. We are limited to setting out no more than 25 bags per week. HA!!! I put out 56 bags last week, followed by 69 bags this week, and if the trash guys don’t pick this week’s bags up, they’ll be lookin’ at a stack of a hundred or so by next Thursday! Fortunately, the guys who pick up the trash are smarter than the guys who wrote the city ordinance in the first place. End of rant.
Anyway, in an effort to control my blood pressure, I decided to concentrate on the positive aspects of this leaf-removal experience. I now think of this chore as a customized workout, designed to build up my abs and biceps, improve my stamina, and provide aerobic exercise that I’d otherwise have to pay for by joining a gym. So here are the components of the Leaf-bagging Workout – give it a try, it’ll help you burn off a few calories!
Blower-pushing Boogie: this exercise is a real workout for the legs. Build up those glutes and hamstrings as you push that blower around, and around, and around, and around………
The Stoop & Scoop: Build up your lats, delts, biceps, and triceps while stretching your back and abs. Scoop up those leaves!
The Power Ram: A great ab and back exercise that also works your shoulders, forearms and wrists. Packing those leaves down makes room for the next rep of the Stoop & Scoop!
The Funnel Jerk & Flip: Another arm and shoulder workout – and you’re ready to repeat the whole set!
Ain’t it fun?
Baggin’ Update: As of 11/16/2009, we have now filled 172 bags, and the leaves are still falling…….