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  • My last lawn mower was a piece of crap. I had to pull the cord 15-20 times and spray starter fluid repeatedly until it finally started. Once it was running my goal was to prevent it from stopping until every blade of grass in the yard was cut. One time I slipped and fell on my ass, twisting an ankle as I went down. But I never let go of the mower handle. Another time a bee stung me on the ankle just above the top of my sock. I screeched and swore and grabbed at my leg, but I never let go of the handle. I’m sure anyone watching would’ve thought I was possessed, but at least I didn’t have to go through the painful process of trying to start the mower again.

    My new mower starts on 2-3 pulls cold and only one if it’s been running, but old habits die hard. I still resist letting go of the handle, dragging lawn chairs and basil plants out of the way with one hand.

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