Can I Stop Mowing Now?Posted: April 18, 2011
I remember watching my grandfather cut the grass. I was little and I thought it was cool. The mower was noisy and stuff shot out of the side. I didn’t have anything that noisy or that shot stuff out of the side. He wouldn’t let me use the mower because it was dangerous. I still wanted to, but I didn’t want to cross the man. Between the not crossing my grandfather thing, and the not being big enough to start the mower thing, my lawn mowing career didn’t start until my family moved to another state.
The house my parents rented had a really tiny yard. The landlord provided one of those reel lawnmowers, the kind with no motor. I convinced my mother I couldn’t hurt myself with it and she let me drag it out into the yard. The experience was very unsatisfying. Nothing shot out the side. It just made a terrible squeal and I could barely push it.
Even with the tiny yard I had to mow, it seemed to take forever. I got bored quickly. Halfway through my first grass cutting job, I was ready for my mowing career to be over. It wasn’t.
Innovation In Lawn Mowing Entertainment
My family’s next yard was considerably bigger. We got a noisy mower that shot stuff out of the side. I was eager to get started, but halfway through the first noisy mow on that lawn I was ready to not mow ever again. Sadly, I had to finish the job and keep doing it, week after week.
To combat the boredom, I hung a transistor radio from the handle of the mower. It worked like a charm, until I started the mower.
Over the years, my family moved to larger yards and owned several different mowers. I worked on better and better entertainment systems for the mowers. I was particularly proud of the Walkman tape player suspended by a bicycle inner tube to keep the mower vibrations from messing up the cassette mechanism.
Now I have my own mower and my own yard to cut. My iPod cuts out the noise, I’ve got thousands of songs to choose from. I still don’t like cutting the grass. I remain ready to never mow the yard again. Sadly, it seems like I’m going to be continuing to mow my grass and that of the foreclosed house next door for a while.
Does anyone know how I can run a flat screen television off my lawn mower’s engine?