Best invention ever

Three fellas are talking, the old joke begins. The topic is the best invention of all time.
Gotta be the automobile, one says. It defined the American lifestyle.
The lightbulb, another argues. It turned night into day.
The thermos bottle, the third proclaims.
The thermos bottle? the other two say simultaneously. All that does it keep hot things hot and cold things cold.
Yes, the friend answers. But how does it know?
That joke was on my mind as I grabbed a rake Saturday morning and dashed outside. The last of my leaves (I had raked up 20 bags full a few weeks ago) were on the ground and I had to get them up before the 1 to 2 inch snowfall that was predicted. There’s nothing worse than shoveling snow with leaves beneath it.
And when I rake leaves these days I utilize what I think is the greatest invention ever: those leaf bags that stand up by themselves.
If you’ve ever wrestled with plastic lawn and leaf bags you know what I am talking about.
Whoever you are, you stand-up leaf bag inventor, I raise a glass to you every autumn. You da man.

Ed Ackerman