01 March, 2010
The city has these small battery run street cleaners that usually skim along the sidewalks like a chunky skater. I've always thought of them as superfluous, better at polishing the sidewalks than cleaning them. Just now, one of them went across the two street corners in front of our apartment building and it picked up all the grit that collected there throughout the winter. It was interesting to see how much sand and gravel that little-engine-that-could was able to pick up. Mind you, it got slower and slower and then slowly tip toed down the road towards the dumping area with what looked like a very bad case of indigestion.