So I’m staying home sick today, curled up in bed coughing and being annoyed with the world. Specifically, the part of the world that thinks leaf blowers are a good idea, and that they must be used every day, in every suburb, at about the time that sick people have finally decided that they aren’t going to make it in to work and really want to get some sleep. And do you want to know why they have to do this every day? Because, contrary to popular opinion, leaf blowers do not actually get rid of the leaves. They just move them to adjacent surfaces from which, not having learned their lesson the first time, the leaves feel free to return. Which is all well and good for the leaf-blower manufacturers, and the illegal immigrants in need of employment and the earplug salesmen, but it’s a little hard on the sick-and-sleepy.