‘2009-12-29 21:34:27’, ‘2009-12-30 01:34:27’, ‘
Since my lawn maintenance worker decided to stop mowing my lawn, I had to get Nick to fix the walk behind mower that I bought from him about 10 years ago. After Nick played with the carburetor, it started on the second pull. I decided to mow my lawn today. So I chased the mower around the yard and when I got about 3/4 thru, the mower started surging and then died. I called Nick, who remotely diagnosed that I had water in my tank. I drained some gas into a bottle and could not tell if there was any water in there. I had to syphon the gas out of the tank and I now remember vividly what gas tastes like. I then practiced spitting a lot. I tore things apart and figured that there was a bunch of dirt at the bottom of the new tank that Nick had put on the mower. The new gas filter he had put on, was full of junk. I was jamming Q-Tips into the drain thing to try to clear out the clog but nothing worked. I eventually put a hose on the drain thing and blew air back into the tank. At first it was hard to blow and then it blew clear. I once again remembered what gas tasted like. When I hooked things back up, the gas was flowing freely. I finished mowing the lawn.
Later I decided to chop down a maple tree that was putting too much shade in my back yard with my Axe. It was only about 6 inches in diameter, so I figured I did not need to get out the Chainsaw. After about 3 minutes of chopping the tree went Thump, Thump and was leaning against another tree with a very long 3 inch diameter branch sticking out over the back yard. It was about a foot over my head and I tried to swing at it to start cutting it off. I missed. It was a very hard swing. I had not expected to miss it. My arms continued to move in an arc past the branch and then down straight in front of me. Next thing I knew, it had stopped by hitting my left ankle. I had sharpened my Axe very well. I looked down at my foot, expecting the worst, but found that I had put my hiking boots on in order to mow the lawn. There was no blood. I went inside and took the boot off. I had a 3 inch line of scraped skin starting at my ankle that was beginning to swell. Like Ouchie. I had thought about wearing my Teva sandals to mow the lawn, but in retrospect, I made the right decision.