Sunday, October 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Beware the robot dinosaur

By
From page A6 | October 18, 2013 |

Once again, the robot dinosaur has come to my house in the early morning hours. I dread these visits.

The city of Davis sends this monster to eat the leaves off the sidewalk, instead of just sending humans to pick them up as they do in normal places.

That is fine, I guess, but the robot dinosaur is unbelievably loud as it goes about its business. I can hear it coming from several blocks away. By the time it’s come to my cul-de-sac, I am wide awake and gripping the sheets.

The robot dinosaur isn’t shy. It sidles up to a pile of yard trimmings, hiccuping and roaring its approval. Then it consumes the leaves and branches with a sound like a train derailing. My entire house shudders. I am always sure that it’s ripping up the sidewalk as it feeds, but after the sun comes up I look, and no, the sidewalk is still intact.

Too bad for the robot dinosaur, half the leaves I put out for it have blown away in the intervening days, because the city of Davis wants me to dump them directly on the ground instead of putting them in a bin, as they do in normal places.

If you ever catch a glimpse of the robot dinosaur in the predawn light, you will notice that a man is sitting astride it and controlling it, just like in “The Flintstones.” This is to prevent it from flying off to a remote tropical island and breeding with others of its kind.

By employing the robot dinosaur, the city of Davis appears to be going out of its way to protect rare and unusual wildlife, and I applaud that. But I wonder if there isn’t a quieter and more effective way to collect leaves.

Don Frances
Davis

Comments

comments

Letters to the Editor

.

News

Return to sender: MRAP removal options go to council

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
$18.75M grant aims to build global food security

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Howzat! Cricket tradition grows in Davis

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Housing First pilot project targets West Sac homeless

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1

 
Evidentiary hearing set for man shot by CHP

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Cop witnesses car-pedestrian collision

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Hawaii hit by winds, rain as hurricane veers west

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Safe viewing of solar eclipse planned

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A3

 
Fill the Boot for the hungry

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

 
Quiz Master Gardeners at open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Celebrate origami at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Firefighters on the town

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: A3

Donate used books at Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Love-life tips on ‘Heart to Heart’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Volunteers sought to chip in on parks cleanup

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Crash victim ID’d as Woodland man

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

Senior Computer Club hears from county official

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Guns to be discharged at police range

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A3

DHS ski and snowboard swap set on Nov. 9

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Wolk sets ‘Morning with the Mayor’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Apply by Friday for Biberstein grants

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Esparto home targeted in three-city pot bust

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A4

 
Wolk earns perfect score from senior advocates

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

UCD celebrates 50 years of global agricultural success

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Special education information night scheduled

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A11

Be on the lookout for tagged Monarch butterflies

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: A16 | Gallery

 
.

Forum

Old news disturbs the present

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
A bionic hand with feeling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A8

Take time to reach out for help

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A8

 
Are we there yet? Yik Yakking the day away

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

Teach cyclists to obey laws

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

 
Proposed lights harm kids

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

Ain’t Snow Mountain high enough

By Our View | From Page: A14

 
Let’s take Davis’ energy future seriously

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

Be careful cycling on Fifth

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
Water theater isn’t fun

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

Elect Granda to board

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A15

 
Yes on Prop. 47: reasonable changes to curb recidivism, save money

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

No on Prop. 47: an end to safe neighborhoods, and more victims

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

 
.

Sports

 
Devils stick it to Chico, cancer

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Vargas emerges from crowded Aggie WR corps

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Competitive Aggies fall at No. 6/7 Montana

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

JV Devils fall to Franklin

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2

 
Niemi leads Sharks to win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

UCD roundup: Big crowd sees Aggies nip Guachos

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

 
Davis is a temple for fine beverages

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A5 | Gallery

35 employers will be at West Sac job fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
Rob White: Building an economy on innovation

By Rob White | From Page: A6

Arcadia Biosciences earns spot on global innovation list

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

 
.

Obituaries

Peggy Belenis Swisher

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Sadie Louise Barga

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Morgan Wheeler

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, October 19, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8