I know they still exist. We actually have a couple around our house, and—shocker—we use them. We have two regular-sized brooms, one for indoors and one for out. We also have a big ol' push-broom for the patio and sidewalk.
I think about brooms whenever I see landscapers out and about using leaf blowers to “clean up” after mowing a lawn. Have you ever thought about this? This style of “cleaning up” is not “sweeping up,” nor, if there must be a noisy machine involved, even vacuuming up. What it is instead is the now-common practice of just blowing the crud all over the place—into the street, onto cars, into the air, and back into the lawn.
To be clear, I’m not super green; I’ve been around the block and know a thing or two—just like those amazing men in the Viagra commercials who can do anything because they are at the age of knowing how. Whoops, got sidetracked; I am at the age of being sidetracked. Anyway, that’s not what I mean by green. I mean I’m not a big enviro-type. I do recycle pretty rigorously and I try to use energy efficient gear when I can. You could say I’m environmentally conscious and responsible, but it’s not my mission in life. Yet I do get annoyed with these leaf blowing machines. For one thing, they are loud, and that bugs me. I have sensitive hearing which I am trying to preserve for rock and roll and, you know, listening to people. And it does actually bother me to see all that dirt, dust, and detritus blown into the air. It’s got to cause a short-term spike in at least some type of air pollution for the immediate area.