Livin' on the Edger

September 1, 2008 at 6:18 PMJeremy

For my birthday, Mom and Greg got me an edger.  Technically, it's an edger attachment for my trimmer.  But because the Drought of '08 was upon us, there wasn't any grass to mow until the Storms of '08 brought us some rain for the past couple of weeks.  I finally got to bust out my new toy and put it to use.

It definitely takes some getting used to.  There were sparks, there was flying debris, there were some ventures away from the edge, leaving a line through the grass.  There was also this constant fear that the blade was going to come loose and go hurtling in some random direction.  But for the most part, it didn't wind up half bad. 

It certainly did a better job than just turning the trimmer sideways.  I only used two lengths of string when I trimmed rather than 6, and it was (slightly) easier on my back.

However, I do have a complaint.  Why isn't it possible to find tools that are suitable for me?  My mower and trimmer both seem like they're designed for someone 5 to 5-and-a-half feet tall.  As I was mowing, I considered the idea of opening a Big and Tall store for power tools, but then it occured to me: there's really not much in tools where being "big" would be a problem.  But, thinking about some of my other tools, I came up with another problem which completed my idea.  I want to open a Tall and Left store: tools that are designed for tall people, left-handed people, or people that are both tall and left-handed.  I think there's probably 3 or 4 of us.  I'm currently seeking venture capital if you're interested.

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Beats watching paint dry...

June 22, 2008 at 4:28 PMJeremy

Sean and Cami had spread mulch around the play equipment in the back yard, which looked very pretty, but was uncomfortable to walk on barefoot and required some vigilance to keep weeds out.  I decided to try and get the grass to grow back so it would be nice and soft by the time Junior is able to play out there.  I borrowed Nana's tiller to break up the dirt, and Mom and I spread out some Bermuda grass seed in the hopes of getting a little something started.  I patiently watered this big patch of dirt every day (not to mention shooing off birds who looked like they were interested in eating the seed), and after a little while some little bits of grass started to appear. 

It's awfully patchy, but I see new little sprouts all the time.  I'm also hoping that the surrounding grass will start to spread into the area, but that's not happening as much as I'd hoped.  Isn't that always the case?  I can't get the grass to spread onto a nicely watered patch of soil, but it has no problem at all growing across my sidewalk and driveway.  It's certainly a rather boring process, either way.

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