Less strenuous, but just as important
Weed whipping was a lot less strenuous than woodchip fluffing, but it was more than a walk in the park. Removing weeds along trails makes them safer and more esthetically appealing for the hundreds of people who traverse them each day. But parks are big. When you weed whip your yard, there is a finite amount of work involved. When your project is park fence lines, it seems to go on forever.
Still, there was something about the work that resonated with me – I felt like I was coming into my own during weed whipping.
After more than an hour of work, Chris got a call from Caleb Tungseth, another crew leader, who needed backup at the Wayzata rummage sale.
As we arrived at the sale, I realized this was not your average neighborhood operation. It was enormous. It was our job to take down large tents – constructed of heavy-duty metal polls that were cumbersome to maneuver – and dispose of unbought items.
By 3:30 p.m., I was on the verge of collapse and grateful when Chris told us it was quitting time.
We dropped our crew off back in Brookdale around 4 p.m. and headed to the office.
At this point, I considered asking if I could take a short 19-hour nap before heading home, but I wanted to ask Chris a few more questions. Most importantly, I wanted to know why he kept coming back day after day.
“I love this job, I love the clients, I love my fellow crew leaders and I love the value we are providing to the county,” he said. “You can exact lasting change as an STS crew leader. What more could I ask for?”