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Rain Is A Pain -- In The Grass

JIm Pfiffer



“Rain, rain go away.”

“I don’t want to friggin’ mow my lawn again today!”

I’ve been uttering that ditty all summer and fall because of all the !@^%$! MOWING I’m doing because of all the !@^%$! RAIN. (Editor’s note: Upper case letters and exclamation points signify that the writer is really @^%$! PISSED OFF!!!!!)

My lawn has more mow lines then the outfield at Fenway, and they are deep enough to grow corn.

My life revolves around a series of repeated lawn aggravations: Mow. Wait for rain to stop. Mow. Repeat.

I have a double lot, and the adjacent lot is nothing but grass. I call it the “North 40,” but of course it’s not really 40 acres. (It’s more like 38-39 acres). It also has a hedgerow that is so long it covers two time zones and takes me four time zones to trim it.

My lawn is so large, that when I’m done mowing the last of it, I have to go back and mow the first section, because the grass grows so fast.

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The high and thick grass hides the gazillion piles of dog poop from my dog, neighborhood dogs and even dogs from outside the hood, who bus in just to do their business on my lawns. It’s a regular poop-o-rama.

I mow with a TORO self-propelled push mower. What I need is a John Deer S690 combine and thresher. My TORO is a mulching mower. It cuts the grass into tiny pieces and deposits them back into the lawn. All that mulched grass has increased the height of my lawn so much, that when I mow, I can see the curvature of the Earth on the horizon.

I used to reward myself with a cold beer after mowing, but not anymore, because I can’t afford to buy that much brew and my liver can’t afford any more cirrhosis.

To get a better idea of my mowing blues, here is the ten-step procedure I endure each time I mow:

  1. I search through the garage clutter for the gas can, only to discover that it’s empty because I neglected to fill it the last time I used it. So, I have to go get gas, but first I have to refinance my home to afford the ridiculously high price of gas.
  2. I try, but can never, fill the mower gas tank without spilling it over the mower, my hands and my sneakers. For the rest of the day, I smell like a Molotov Cocktail.
  3. As I try to weave the mower out of my cluttered garage I clip bikes, a gas grill, a kayak and a recycling bin, tattooing them with dents, twists and scrapes.
  4. My mower, like all mowers, is designed to never start until I pull the cord so many times, my arm falls off. (It is during this “yank period” that I unleash my most torrid, raw and venomous string of cussing. Sometimes I kick the mower, stub my toes and dance about in pain.) The triceps in my right arm are three times the size of their left arm counterparts.
  5. Once I regain feeling in my arm, I yank away at the starter cord until it breaks (swearing, kicking and dancing in aggravation) or the engine eventually turns over.
  6. My mower has a deadman safety lever, on the handle, that I must hold closed while mowing or the engine will stop. As I move the picnic table, lawn furniture or neighbor kids out of the mower’s path, I must lift them with my right hand, because I’m dragging the mower (with lever held tight) behind with my left. My left arm is now three inches longer than my right. (Yes, I know I should move those obstructions prior to mowing, but that’s not how I do it, OK! If you don’t like it, you do it, you snotty-nosed know-it-all!)
  7. It rains so often, that the grass doesn’t have time to dry. Wet grass and dog poop clogs up the underside of the mower until it’s too heavy to push and the rpm’s drop so low that the grass actually giggles from the slow-turning blade tickling it.
  8. To remove the clogged grass, I turn the mower on its side, gasoline leaks all over the hot muffler until it smokes or bursts into fiery explosions. I have to go to the garage to get a screwdriver, skin my shins on the “who left this damn kayak in the middle of the floor?” return to the mower, use the screwdriver to stab away at the thick carpet of congealed mower grass and leave behind a steaming wet pile of clippings large enough to ski down.
  9. At least once, while mowing, I mow over a hidden tree root or rock and the mower blade screams out in a shrill and loud metallic pain or stops all together. (I also mow over the screwdriver that I forgot and left lying in the grass). The blade has more nicks in it than my shins.
  10. 10. When done, I return the mower to the garage, leaving behind a trail of wet grass and dog poop skid marks, from the mower’s wheels, on my driveway, sidewalks and garage floor.
  11. 11. Wait. I forgot. There is one more step in the process. My once-white sneakers are dyed chlorophyll-green and covered with sticky wet grass clipping, dirt, dog poop and screwdriver fragments. If I forget to remove my sneaks before I go in the house, the remainder of my day will be spent sweeping, scraping and vacuuming up the grass while listening to my wife explain, in minute detail, why I am such a moron.

I’ve read about homeowners using goats to maintain their lawns. I’m going to do that.

As soon as it stops raining.

Jim Pfiffer’s humor column is posted every Sunday on the Jim Pfiffer Facebook page and the Hidden Landmarks TV Facebook page. Jim lives in Elmira with his wife and many pets and is a retired humor columnist with the Star-Gazette newspaper.





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Oh man, isn't this the truth!

To compound the problem here, our yard is perpetually wet due to the sun's changing position. So that makes things even more difficult. 

And my weed whacker is JUST like your mower. I actually started to heave it across the yard the last time I tried to use it. Instead I resorted to calling it several really vile names. It wisely started on the next pull. 

I generally enjoy mowing, but this year I'm over it. 

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Maybe a power washer would work better than a screwdriver to clean under your mower.   You might get lucky and all that dog poop/wet grass  will blow into the neighbor’s yard.   If they say anything it’s fertilizer and you’re just a neighborly kind of guy.

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it was as if you'd been watching me mow!

Mowing over the poop is easier than scooping it, beside, just when you think all the piles are scooped, one grinds into the tires anyways.

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9 hours ago, Adam said:

Mowing over the poop is easier than scooping it, beside, just when you think all the piles are scooped, one grinds into the tires anyways.

Yeah and then you're stuck (gag) smelling dog crap (gag) the remainder of the afternoon (gag).

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