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May 14th, 2005

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05:47 pm - Mowage denied
So I have yet to mow my lawn this year. I know, I know. I'm a bum. But, between my schedule and the weather, there were maybe three chances to mow since I returned from India. I tell ya, if I could mow at 3:00 a.m., I'd totally have it done by now.

So today was going to be the day. I woke up at about 2:30 p.m. It was sunny. There was evidence of prior rain and even though the lawn remained a bit wet, I figured better to mow and rake off the wet clippings then to let it go another week. So I pulled out the mower and, sigh, no gas. No problem, there's a station just up the street and I need a quart of oil for the car anyway.

I get back with the gas, fuel up the mower and push it around front. By this time, it's looking like it might rain again before too long, so I figured I'd start in the front and at least get that done so that the city doesn't get after me. I prime the mower with the little push bulb on its side, just like one is supposed to with my mower, push the throttle to "rabbit" and give the starter cord a yank.

Gas spits out of the carburetor. I pull again. More gas spits out. I figure OK, I maybe primed it to much (you think?) so I push the throttle back to "turtle" and give it a few more pulls, hoping to clear it out. More and more gas spits out. After five minutes of this, still with the spitting gas.

OK, I know when I'm licked. So I push the mower back in the garage and figure I'll let it sit for an hour or so and give it another try. I go in, watch a little TV and, you guessed it: downpour in about half an hour. I swear, my lawn just does not want to be mowed.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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Date:May 16th, 2005 08:39 pm (UTC)

Mowing at 3:00 am

I tell ya, if I could mow at 3:00 a.m., I'd totally have it done by now.

A reel mower (a.k.a. a push mower) would help you solve that problem, although you may need to rig up some sort of lighting arrangement so you could see what you've done.

(I suppose you could be like my aunt's former neighbor, and just mow randomly in the dark. That might not satisfy the city, though.)

Dr John K
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Date:May 16th, 2005 11:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Mowing at 3:00 am

That's a thought. I've also considered an electric mower or a robotic mower.

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