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Brown: Colour of the season

Everyone loves waking up to a blanket of freshly-fallen snow.

It makes the whole world look pristine and untouched.

It's gorgeous, and beautiful, and everybody posts photos all over Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

Until a few hours later, when city sanders have been out, and everyone's driven to work and back, and the streets no longer look like a wedding dress — they look more like a mud bog trail.

Now, before anyone thinks I'm suggesting that the city withdraw its sanders for esthetic concerns, I am much more concerned with road safety, thanks. I know it looks like crap (sometimes literally) to have brown streaks in our streets, but as a driver, I like to know that my tires will have a little bit more bite when I'm approaching an intersectin.

And even as a pedestrian, it can be scary enough when you're crossing the street and you think the driver of an approaching car is maybe being a little bit too cavalier with his or her speed. No need to add even more iciness to it. The brown sand is also the colour of reassurance.

But I just wish it weren't so ugly.

The way I see it, we have two options to improve this unsightliness.

ONE — We could import more prettily coloured sand to spread on our streets. I know they have pink and green sand in Hawaii, for example. Perhaps we could find something a little closer to home, but I still kind of think this will be hugely expensive. So, unlikely.

TWO — We could all collectively agree that brown is "so in" right now, and this shade that Brandon is using on the streets is really trendy. This will cost us nothing. But, we will also have to believe that Brandon is hip and on the cutting edge of street-sanding fashion. Also unlikely.

Sigh, I guess I'll have to just live with it being safer.

Anyway, here's a video of Brandon workers getting the salt/sand mixture ready for winter from a couple of years ago.


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