Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Chop Chop Chop

I caught a quick case of the stupids yesterday.

We went out to lunch, and ended up driving past my house. I was embarrassed by how bad it looked - I hadn't mowed the lawn or trimmed along the fences since last year. So I resolved to take care of it as soon as I got home.

Things were going swimmingly - the electric mower was making short work of the long grass. Then, as I came to the last corner of the yard, I had to back up - not enough room to turn. As I pulled back, I can clearly remember: "I should be careful not to back over the cord, 'cause that would be stu... "

I was shocked how easily the blade sliced through the cord. I am not surprised that the blade was able to cut it, but the mower didn't even stutter. Like a hot knife through butter. So I have two very nice plugs, and about 48' worth of perfectly good extension cord. Just that last two feet...

Luckily, one of my favorite shops in Del Ray was open, the Hardware Store at Mt. Vernon and Custis. While I was there, I picked up the new weed whacker I've needed since last year. So now the lawn is no longer embarrassingly overgrown. And I must have picked the right day to be out doing yard work, because after two years of living there, I had my first conversations ever with not one but two of my neighbors. I guess I finally stopped putting out creepy vibes.

3 comments:

Howdily doodly, neighborino said...

Your mower stays plugged in while you're mowing? I thought they all had rechargeable batteries that let you go cordless when in use.

Meg said...

hurray for Not Creepy! ;)

Matt Boulanger said...

I watched my dad do that with a skil-saw once. The blade had plenty of momentum to cut the cord.

THE MIND IS NOT A VESSEL TO BE FILLED BUT A FIRE TO BE KINDLED