The proliferation of waste bags at the curb means fall is here — that time of the year for South St. Vital residents to put out yard detritus for disposal and to hang seasonal lights.
I notice most people have taken to the city’s yard waste collection policy by brown bagging the leaves. No more can you take leaves to a drop-off site. You pay to have someone do that for you now. On their schedule, too, unfortunately.
Another sign of fall is more road hockey games on residential streets. It makes sense, with hockey season starting, that kids want to get a taste of the sport. Nothing like a net on the road to shoot a tennis ball at.
A leading Canadian retailer appears to have developed a solution to the problem of getting kids to collect leaves in the fall. They are giving kids a sporting chance by selling leaf bags with goalie silhouettes on them. Arranging three of the bags side by side (assembly instructions are provided on each bag) creates a made-to-order goalie.
After doing a final sweep of my yard I discovered I had used up my bags and needed two more to finish the task. I borrowed a couple from my neighbour and discovered these netminder silhouettes.
I’m not sure goalie silhouettes on leaf collection bags lined up in the back lane is really such a good idea. I want to keep the leaves in the bags and not have them spread all over. The temptation to use them for more than storing leaves seems hard to ignore.
I mentioned the bag scenario to my hockey buddies and they suggested I bring them to the next game. I take exception to the comment: "It can’t be any worse that what we have in net now".
I’m over 50 with my own pads — what do they expect?.
I’m going to avoid purchasing the dual-purpose leaf bags. Like the task Canadians thought was accorded the upper chamber of Parliament, this idea of a goalie-silhouetted leaf bag needs a sober second thought.
How does my neighbour chastise his boys for spilling the leaves after using my brown bags as hockey players?
"But dad, there was a goalie on the bag, I was playing road hockey — what did Mr. Conway think I would shoot at?"
Sean Conway is a community correspondent for St. Vital.