Fall means leafblowers. Hours and hours of leafblowers. In addition to their use through the rest of the year.
Or maybe it's your neighbor's souped-up Harley that's causing you so much stress.
Or his barking dog. Or pack of ten dogs, whose continual barking is driving you deeper and deeper into ill health and mental neurosis, and a desperate effort to relocate even though you really can't afford it.
Or the apartment dweller above you who rises at 4 am and begins her daily routine of loud banging, dragging, and footstep noise.
Or your neighbors several houses away who ride several loud motorized ATV's (all terrain vehicles) at one time, all day long.
Or the factory across the street, whose machines and vehicles conspire to drive your entire apartment building into misery and ill-health.
Or the large, loud trucks that rumble past your house all day, every day.
In fact, I'm sad to report that every citation above is a terse summation, or in some cases a partial adaptation, of an actual noise complaint sent to me. I'm Vincent Frank De Benedetto, Leafblower & Community Relations Expert for Noise Free America (NoiseFree.org), a national organization.
Alright, let's begin to understand what noise is, what its insidious effects actually are, and what's at stake here, in terms of adverse health and other effects for you and your family.
Do you think that noise is not a big deal?
Noise is a huge deal, I'm afraid. In fact, it's deadly in many ways. For example, it's under continuing development as a weapon. It's ability to debilitate and kill is well established by the military. Extrapolating therefore: noise, from any source, including a sound-producing neighbor not intending to cause you pain but who does, can also debilitate and kill, once it crosses one or more thresholds, such as volume, kind of noise including presence of especially high or low harmonics, duration of noise, interplay with other noise, and other parameters. Once one or more of these pain thresholds has been violated by a given sound, it has become noise, and if said noise sufficiently violates one or more of these parameters, it may have thus become what is understood as torture.
What science is saying, in other words, is that it's a fine, and indeed often undetectable line, between non-injurious and injurious noise, or put another way, between sound and noise.
As I write this paragraph, for example, at approximately 10:45 am, Thursday, October 20, 2016, I sit here in my small kitchen with a knot in my stomach, because my cruel and brainless neighbors next door, a young orthodox Jewish couple, have been offloading their van for about fifteen or so minutes, with repeated loud closures of their car doors and/or back hatch. I refer conservatively, and with benefit of the doubt (BOD) to these neighbors, to "loud closures," not door slams. For a door closure to constitute a door slam requires extra effort by the human closing the door that I can't easily ascertain from within my house.
No matter, really, as they sound like door slams; they're just about as intrusive and obnoxious.
Sitting here in my kitchen, with a missing storm window, no less, literally feet away from my neighbor's van, the principal deleterious effect of each loud closure is its enlarged, bottom-heavy percussive BOOM effect that one can feel. Thus, I've been feeling, and only then, hearing each slam or closure of the door or hatch. There have been at least ten moderately percussive yet disturbing and stressful door/hatch closures thus far within a time period of about fifteen minutes, or so.
Some of the loud closures, especially when they're not anticipated, literally make me just about jump out of my chair.
Let's be clear: noise is a killer. No different than any other toxin or carcinogen to which we are exposed that, over time, will or may, but certainly can, kill us.
Please note that my characterization "cruel and brainless" is based on far more than the incident of today. Having said this, please also note that I've asked this couple several times to modulate the noise from their vehicle doors, and suggested at least one way that this could be done. I was told that they keep this in mind. At this point, however, as I've had other problems with this egoistic, obtuse, imperious, and ultimately clueless couple, I'm uncertain as to whether they still have my door-closure request in mind. My sense is that they don't, although I'm not sure. Moreover, even when they did, they didn't appear to make any kind of serious effort to find a solution. They could have consulted their automobile dealer, for example.
Apparently their devotion to God neither redounds nor extends to Man.
In distress over the noise described above, and fear that it might continue, I looked out of my kitchen window in the direction of my neighbor's driveway while eating a small breakfast sausage. However, the bite I had in my mouth and was attempting to swallow became lodged in my throat for several moderately frantic seconds. I have little doubt that it was psychological upset that caused this esophageal mishap. Thankfully, I was able to forcibly push the food morsel down my throat and live to tell the tale, which you are now reading.
As I said, noise is a killer. What's not immediately or fully understand by most people is that noise brings with it multiple routes to injury and death. And not always in the expected ways.
I am Vincent Frank De Benedetto, the 1.) official Leafblower Expert for Noise Free America, 2.) charter member of its North Jersey chapter, 3.) creator of five anti-leafblower and related websites, 4.) author of NOISE: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide. The Anti-Noise, Anti-Leafblower Handbook, and 5.) a veteran of the guerrilla warfare that often *is* the struggle against neighborhood noise, including that of leafblowers. In this struggle, I've been insulted, threatened, assaulted, and worse by my local leafblower operator who, ominously, resides just four houses away. And yet, over time, my actions and insight have resulted in a significant improvement to the problem.
If the horrific death device known as the leafblower is as catastrophic for you as it is for me, please prepare yourself RIGHT NOW and arm yourself with your copy of NOISE: Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to Hide. The Anti-Noise, Anti-Leafblower Handbook for just $19.95--which I assure you will be among the best money you've ever spent (front cover reproduced, below). THIS HANDBOOK COMPRISES 35 HARD-FOUGHT, PRACTICAL, & WISE STEPS TO ADDRESS YOUR LEAFBLOWER OR OTHER NOISE PROBLEM. IT INCLUDES FOUR STEPS THAT YOU CAN, AND SHOULD TAKE RIGHT AWAY, TO INITIATE IMMEDIATE RELIEF. The Handbook also includes my eye-opening essay "Leafblower as Assault Weapon." I will email you THE ANTI-NOISE HANDBOOK almost immediately after payment, PayPal button, below.
THE ANTI-NOISE HANDBOOK is a unique, one-of-a-kind resource. There is literally nothing else like it, as no one else has the insight into the causes of noise like Vincent Frank De Benedetto.
Note that the pragmatic steps contained in the Handbook are effective for all noise problems, as well, as the dynamic and root causes of noise are the same across all noise types. The Handbook is presently just under twenty (20) single-spaced, content-packed pages in Microsoft Word format, excluding the cover. And no pictures. It's all words--words of unusual power that will take you as far in redress of your leafblower (or other noise) problem as possible. Specifically, thirty-five or more well-developed suggestions to solve these problems.
For discussion and presentation to anti-noise groups, I'd want to have every bit of knowledge and information needed right at my fingertips, no Internet browsing or connection required. My own personal copy of NOISE would seem to be the way to go, since all relevant information would be centralized and present right in my hand, in one book.
This is a unique book, especially in its conception and presentation of Steps & Suggestions, and its analysis of the root causes of this and similar problems. I don't think that anyone but me could have written this work. And remember: you have the right to the natural and peaceful enjoyment of your home and property (and for that matter, your life). Do not let anyone rob you of this. In fact, most local noise ordinances have language to this effect--they just don't take it seriously.
Best of luck to each and every one of you in resolving your noise issue, and all your issues.
The Attack is Imminent
The landscaping companies are oiling and gassing up their leafblowers right now, as well as purchasing large inventories of brand new machines, in preparation for the Fall and Winter seasons. In other words, they are preparing their attack.
Are you preparing any sort of realistic defense?
Your answer to this question will determine your level of explicit pain over the next five or so months, considering that these Devices of Death (D.O.D.) are now often used to clear snow throughout the Winter, as well as leaves and yard debris during the Fall. There's just no end to their R.O.T. (Reign of Terror); in fact, their makers and users continue to find new reasons for their employ. My local lawnmower man uses his blower during the Spring and Summer, as well.
Come to think of it, at this precise moment, 5:39 pm, Sunday, September 06, 2015, I've realized that the leafblower has become a year-round device.
This Means War
In many instances this fight is akin to a war. There is an army on the other side, comprised of the following groups of soldiers:
The resources--time, energy, and money--of all these actors combine into one massive, highly effective Leafblower Army, creating the "socio-sonic" environment of today that is causing you and me such pain. An environment whereby leafblowers are in full force everywhere, almost all the time, while you and me hide in our homes with a knot of stress in the pit of our stomachs, as we await the next onslaught--which in the Fall, when the flow of leaves is incessant, is frequent.
So the Leafblower Army has its commanders, soldiers, materiel, supply lines, and strategy, and we have--almost nothing. Thus, they own the battlefield.
Where is our opposing army? How many of us are even trying to assemble such a force?
Think of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK as our first battle manual. And it is our first--as of November 2015 [and now August 2016] there is literally no other such book on the market. Try to find one.
Please get your copy immediately. Every moment of delay means yet another moment of body-slamming stress, possibly producing everything from more gray hair, to cancer, to any other sort of bodily damage or deterioration. As researcher and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences Robert Sapolsky has determined, a conclusion confirmed by every line of related research--too much stress, too much of the time, will literally kill you.
["socio-sonic" and "socio-sonic environment" (c) 2015 Vincent Frank De Benedetto]
Test Your Knowledge
How many of the following 25 questions about leafblowers can you answer?
If there are leafblowers in use in your neighborhood, but you're having trouble answering these questions, especially those dealing with the basics of leafblowers, PLEASE secure your copy of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK immediately. There are four serious, indeed deadly, harms from leafblowers that you simply must be made aware of, and begin to address, in addition to the huge body of other critical information required to negotiate your way through or around this difficult problem.
Whether you realize it or not, you and your family are already being harmed by leafblower use.
Please: don't endanger your children, parents, pets--or yourself--for one more minute! For less than $20, get your copy of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK immediately (the answers to all questions above are being re-compiled and will soon be found on the last page of a pending update, available free).
In purchasing this digital product, you are granted rights for up to three digital and physical copies, total. This is actually a reasonably generous policy. For example, your license would grant you one digital copy on your laptop computer, one digital copy on your desktop computer, and one hard-copy printed version for your family.
At that point, however, you will have reached your licensure limit of three copies, so further payment would be required, for which you would receive your license for another three copies, which again, can be in any combination of digital and physical form. You could, by way of further example, keep one copy on your computer and print out two separate physical copies.
I think this is a fair policy given that payment for only one copy was actually provided. As you can probably infer by examining this website, as well as THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK, itself, I've put a ton of difficult work into all this. I greatly appreciate your support.
Please also note that once this presently self-published book finds a conventional publisher, I cannot guarantee that there will not be a price increase. Get your copy now, at the present low and very fair price of $19.95. Again, the present purchase price includes not one but three total copies, as well as free revisions for the entire time the book remains in its 2nd Edition.
Please Don't Copy
The three permitted copies as described above are for your convenient use based on your single license. I ask that you not reproduce the Handbook and send or otherwise distribute said reproductions, whether digital or physical, to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, co-workers, or others. Like you and everyone else, I have to pay the bills, which I can't do if my work is being stolen and not paid for. Moreover, increasing sales of this book will likely generate further revision and development, making for an increasingly comprehensive, timely, and useful book. Reduced sales because of illegal and unethical copying and distribution will have the opposite effect.
I'm not getting rich on this. Let's work together.
Full Refund Available
If you're not satisfied with THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK, I'm inclined to provide a full refund within thirty days. Simply explain to me briefly why you were dissatisfied with the work, and if your explanation makes even a bit of sense, I'll grant the refund.
Why do I offer such a relatively liberal return policy? Because this is a substantive work--I know that most honest people are not going to return it.
Moreover, The Handbook is unique because it comprises a powerful mix of my extensive experience suffering, and attempting to negotiate noise issues, especially leafblower issues, through the lens of both my intellect and my adherence to the love ethic, which is important as regards contentious and difficult-to-resolve problems, since most people are reluctant to relinquish positions that they feel, rightly or wrongly, reflect or embody their interests.
The Handbook is also unique because...it's unique, literally. Search the 'Net for any sort of leafblower-advocacy book; as of November 14, 2015 [and now August 2016] there are none. If you're suffering the real pain of leafblowers, I'm your guy, and THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK is your book. Click below to get your copy immediately, to move that much closer to a sharp reduction, or even elimination, of your suffering.
For Leafblower Owner-Operators
THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK is relevant and necessary for you, too. The purpose of the book is not to foment unnecessary conflict, but to provide sufferers of leafblower noise and other ill effects with advice for relieving their suffering, in whatever ways required. However, if blower owner/operators were willing to cooperate, perhaps we could remedy this conflict in a manner that preserves everyone's interests. The mechanisms of the Blower Free Zone (B.F.Z) and Multiple Mixed Use (M.M.U.), for example, outlined in a pending revision of The Handbook, free when available to previous purchasers, could serve to mediate the competing interests of both parties.
So, examination of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK will also be useful for you in assisting you in understanding precisely how your use of these devices is causing such pain to so many people. Everyone benefits if both sides are armed with a common set of facts and insights. Please get your copy of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK right now, and let's resolve this unnecessary conflict, to everyone's benefit and advantage.
The Handbook also outlines the health effects of leafblower use, which is especially and powerfully relevant to you, since you and/or your employees are breathing in blower exhaust, dust and debris, and hearing blower noise, up-close-and-personal, for hours on end every week. The Handbook will help you understand, acknowledge, and address the reality that leafblower use is just as dangerous, probably more, for you than even those forced to deal with their noise, exhaust, dust, and debris from a more distant vantage point.
For all these powerful reasons, get your copy of THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK right away. Delay means loss of income, or health, and loss of health will, itself, eventually lead to loss of income.
Whether you presently realize it or not, all of us, leafblower owner-operators as well as leafblower sufferers, have a common interest in addressing the glaring shortcomings of this device and the way it is presently used.
Is it my imagination, or would this gentleman benefit by some vigorous raking and sweeping?
NOISE: NOWHERE TO RUN, NOWHERE TO HIDE. THE ANTI-NOISE, ANTI-LEAFBLOWER HANDBOOK is a project of Vincent Frank De Benedetto. Mr. De Benedetto is the charter member of the North Jersey chapter of Noise Free America, and its former national Leafblower & Community Relations Expert. He is also:
Mr. De Benedetto is working in the bleeding-edge area of social science called Agapism, or simply "Agape." This is Greek for brotherly love. He named this area of research, practice, and policy, and it is he who asserts it as bleeding-edge. In fact, he maintains, there is literally no more profound or important area of social, or any other, science. His seminal thesis is that essentially every human problem finds its root in our present nonoptimal mode or form of social organization, this revolving around 1.) profit and 2.) ego. To finally solve every problem of Humankind, then, and bring us to our existential zenith, we must reorganize ourselves, replacing capitalism and its culture of egoism with a far superior classless, moneyless, needs-based, love-assisted (C.M.N.L.) socio-economic system, indeed, the long dreamt-of Brotherhood of Man. This would solve the leafblower problem, all noise problems, and indeed just about every other problem of Humankind.
Reform of our present global system does not, has not, and indeed can not work, as numerous efforts over a long arc of history by a wide range of actors across every political and geographical line has clearly shown.
Noise, including leafblower noise, is merely one such problem comprising a direct expression of a global society based on profit and ego. In their root cause, there is no difference between such human problems as job insecurity, unsafe working conditions, low wages, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, environmental destruction, gun and other violence in America and elsewhere, the vicious actions of the terror group ISIS--and leafblower noise. These appear as, and in many respects are, disparate problems, but they all have the exact same pair of root causes. Once we understand this, the first concrete steps toward their permanent resolution can begin.
Indeed, Mr. De Benedetto's Agape-based social and economic analysis applies itself to a wide range, indeed every, societal problem. His work has garnered its first instance of recognition: some of his important original content in the area of anti-terror was published in the New York Times Magazine on September 07, 2003. And this, really, does not even comprise his most important work, overall.
Vincent Frank De Benedetto is a self-declared Agape Master. Agape (ugg ah' pay) is Greek for Brotherly Love, which is the subject of LOVE ETHIC and much of Mr. De Benedetto's work, and the general basis for his mode of living. An Agape Master is an individual engaged in a serious, often lifetime study and/or practice of Agape that is usually considered so substantive that such persons are considered more than proficient enough to assume the role of teacher. They are also considered generally far more advanced than others, even most of those engaged in similar study or practice.
Mr. De Benedetto's unique mastery also includes development of a body of original scholarship in Agape, a discipline and subject of study that Mr. De Benedetto terms "The New Science of Agape," and asserts as the bleeding-edge of social science, far more important than any other area of social, or indeed physical, science.
This original scholarship is under continuing development and, indeed, comprises the starting content of his masterwork LOVE ETHIC. Knowledge of Agape is a powerful assist in resolving noise issues, given that you're dealing with people.
Contact Vincent Frank De Benedetto using electronic mail at OneHumanFamily @ fastmail.net. In addressing your email, omit each space shown here before and after the "@" sign.
This site, officially and singularly offering The Handbook, went live on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Experience with Noise
If you've tried to resolve your leafblower or other noise problem on your own, you may have already learned that:
What are my credentials to assist? Hard experience, for one. I have extensive personal experience with noise and vibration issues of all kinds, including and especially leafblowers. I've had years of multiple noise issues with multiple neighbors, some of whom have been cooperative and friendly while others have been arrogant, hostile, vindictive, malicious, and/or uncooperative. Noise issues that I've had to contend with over the last fifteen years include:
Basketball, sometimes including up to 15 players using multiple balls (problem eventually resolved; these neighbors are wonderful); commercial-grade leafblowers; commercial-grade lawnmowers; hyper-loud and intolerable barking dog; a 5-month long major 5-part exterior renovation project right next door by a neighbor just feet away; lawn-mowing using a loud gas-powered mower at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings when my 84-year old mother, and I, are sleeping; early-morning horn-blowing by multiple neighbors; construction noise including jackhammering and early-morning sidewalk demolition involving tossing large chunks of concrete into an empty, bare-metal dumpster which, from inside a home, sounds something like an aerial bombing attack; an early-morning Sears carpet cleaning using a truck-mounted cleaning machine that was, literally and inexplicably, among the top one or two loudest and most obnoxious sounds I have ever heard; an official city-sponsored "Summer concert" in a nearby park that was so loud and bassy that the musical equipment might as well have been set up in my own backyard, and a large variety of other miscellaneous noise.
(This very morning that I'm revising this section of this website, Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 6:00 am exactly, a car outside firmly sounded their horn twice, then several minutes later repeated the performance about three of four more times. Yes, I wrote 6:00 am. The driver, and family they were beeping for, were both obviously too stupid to realize that you don't blow a horn at 6:00 when people are obviously sleeping; and the driver was obviously too stupid, and lazy, to get off of their *ss and simply ring the doorbell when the individual they sought did not emerge from the house upon the sounding of the first two horn-beeps.)
I'm not kidding about any of this; it's all accurate--unfortunately. Believe me, you wouldn't want to be me in this neighborhood. I, myself, still suffer multiple noise problems, as they are often difficult to resolve even for experienced and knowledgeable persons. The noise is largely mitigated, however, because of my skilled and knowledgeable intervention with my neighbors; the same kind of effective intervention that I will teach you and provide you as your noise consultant, via the Handbook. Besides my hard-earned-and-learned experience with concrete noise issues right in my neighborhood, block, and indeed right next door to my house, I'm an authoritative source on amelioration of noise because I'm smart, articulate, a good writer, well-read, and as an adherent of the love ethic or "brotherly love," I am also extremely willing and oriented to help persons suffering noise (or other) problems. And as described, I have extensive and extremely unpleasant personal experience with noise issues of all kinds, including and especially leafblowers.
Without question, then, in terms of redressing a noise issue, I am uniquely qualified to assist.
(By the way, for my part in my neighborhood, ever the excellent neighbor, I use an almost-silent push-reel lawn mower on our lawn, and, though a serious aspiring professional musician with a professional-grade electric guitar and amplifier in my home studio, my neighbors literally never hear a note.)
Accordingly, then, if you are a member, charter or otherwise, of a local anti-leafblower organization and/or website anywhere in the nation or indeed around the world, or alternatively, simply someone tortured by noise, leafblower or otherwise, the Handbook is available as a resource for guidance and strategy.
Note that as a practical matter, effective redress of neighbor issues often extends beyond the boundaries of noise, itself, since many persons who are unapologetic in tormenting their neighbors with noise are often the kind of persons who also commit other offenses toward neighbor and community. Often, therefore, a noise consultation must and does cover neighbor and community relations and relationships, legal issues, neighborhood outreach and organizing, and security and surveillance issues. The Handbook does just that.
Noise problems can destroy your life. Please let me help you solve yours right now--don't suffer one more minute.
For those assisting me (and yourselves, through my work)...Thank you!
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