One of the drawbacks of home ownership in America is ‘gutters’. A gutter is a necessary component providing a channel for rain to run off safely and prevent rotting roof decking and basement flooding.
And so, gutters need to be cleaned. The gutters on my house have become choked with maple leaves from the trees in my yard and the oak leaves from the neighbors’ yards and the grit that erodes from the asphalt singles.
Scooping out the mucky decaying gunk and rinsing the gutter with the water hose requires climbing the ladder a ‘zillion’ times, moving the heavy ladder a ‘zillion’ times, accidentally spraying myself and climbing the ladder a ‘zillion’ times.
It’s an awkward task that is done three or four times a year as I enjoy the benefit of cleaned gutters.
I wonder what the neighbors think as they watch me ascend and descend the ladder a ‘zillion’ times. I could hire people to do the task. But why pay people to enjoy this type of work? Or I could let maple and oak trees sprout and grow into a forest in the gutters (can’t say that hasn’t happened before!). Or I could remove the gutters completely and never worry about cleaning gutters again.