The other day I was absorbed in writing in my office when all of a sudden
I was disturbed by a horrible noise. I got up to have a look out of the window
to see what that awful noise could be. It turned out to be the street sweeper
with his latest fall gadget: a leaf blower.
With a sigh I sat down and my
thoughts wandered off to the days when street sweepers would do just that:
sweep the street, with a broom: tsssjk-tjssk-tsssjk.
And if the good man
was in a jolly mood he would whistle or sing a song. I would like that far
better that this deafening noise.
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