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Garbage Picking

Monday, September 25th, 2006 - Comments (8) in Life

I love garbage picking. Every time I drive past a pile at the end of someone's driveway I slow down to look for anything good. I recently acquired a lawn mower AND a leaf blower!

A last week my next door neighbor was throwing out a bunch of crap from their garage and I noticed the handle of a lawn mower sticking out of the middle of the pile. I already had a working mower so I didn't jump all over that, and Rachelle gave me the look of death when I mentioned it. The next day the garbage people came and took everything except for the mower. I'm guessing they didn't take it because it still had gas and oil in it. Rachelle was staying late at school to work with her grad school partner so I walked over and took a look at the mower. It was a really nice Briggs and Stratton 4 horsepower 22" push mower. I pulled the ripcord a few times and it spat oil out the muffler. To make a long story short, I changed the gas, hit the spark plug with a propane torch to burn all the crud off it, solvented the hell out of the engine and now it starts on the first pull every time. I can't wait for the neighbor to see me mowing with it!

While I was working on the mower I thought to myself, "I really need to find a leaf blower, since it's getting to be that time of year." Yesterday on our way back home from a friends house I spotted one down the street. I ran back after we got home and found a pretty decent brandx gas-powered leaf blower. I got it home, added some 50:1 gas mix and it fired within 3 pulls. Free stuff is awesome.

Wet Hot Dog

Sunday, September 10th, 2006 - Comments (4) in Life

So this morning around 8am I was asleep but Rachelle heard some little girl yelling outside somewhere. It was like she was looking for someone and calling their name. A little later we both hear a splash. Then more splashing, like someone was swimming in the pool, or drowning. So we jump out bed, look out the window and see a dog flailing around in the pool. We throw some clothing on as we run outside to save this stupid animal, and find this little weiner dog paddling around like there's no tomorrow. Rachelle reaches in and grabs it. Once she puts it down on the ground it does that shaking thing soaking both of us and runs off across Harley's field to the little girl (and father) across the field who were obviously looking for the dog.

That was a really sucky way of waking up early on a Sunday morning. At least I didn't have to dive in to save it's stupid ass, the water was really cold.

Customers in Training

Monday, September 4th, 2006 - Comments (6) in Life, Peeves, Rants

More like a-holes in the way. The Pittsford Wegmans has these tiny carts for little kids to "shop" along with their parents. They have this little flag that says "Customer in Training." The person that thought of this should be shot, but only after the parents who let their children use these carts. This particular Wegmans is always a zoo and it just makes it that much worse when there are 5 year olds completely oblivious to the world pushing little carts around getting in your way.

Today we did our shopping for the week. Even before we get into the store we have to wait for some little kid to push his little cart out of the lane. It's bad enough this kid's parents let him use the cart in the store, but what could they have been thinking letting him push it around the parking lot? We had a few other encounters with the mini-carts in the store, but nothing out of the ordinary.