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Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Stomp"

My friend gave me a riding lawn mower.  This is a very nice gift even though the mower didn't work, but Bro4 agreed to fix it, not to mention going to get it in his pickup truck.  Just putting the mower in the truck was entertaining as he backed his truck into a steep ditch, blocking the road horizontally, dropping the tail gate, and 3 people shoving said mower into truck.  Did I mention the mower had flat tires and it was a cold, slippery day?  Neighbor John told me later that he really enjoyed the show.

I got a new battery as the mower has been sitting in a shed for a few years.  Turn key.  Nothing, but Bro is great at fixing things.  It didn't take long before he found a pulse and gave it CPR.  Yippee!  Of course there was more fiddling and issues, but some open heart massage eventually kicked it back to life.  Thanks Korki and thanks Pete!

I was sent to the store with a shopping list where I definitely had an urge to stomp my foot at people with less pulse than the lawnmower.  The man stared dimly at his female coworker who was doing nothing.  "She's the one who knows how to look things up."  Okay, I reined in my impatience and stared at the woman staring into space too.  Eventually, a customer spoke to the woman and it became clear that she was helping him with something.  He went off again, she went back to staring into space.  More of my life ticked past as our triangle of passivity stretched my patience.

"Couldn't you get the air filter or something while we're waiting?" I asked.  The man said that he didn't know which air filter to get.  "It's the same as this one."  (Which is in the bag I've already shown you and which remains open an inch from your hand.)  He clearly had an internal struggle about taking this kind of initiative, but eventually got the air filter.  I suggested he get the rest of the things on the list.  He did, reluctantly, shuffling slowly, one item at a time, even though all of these items were in the same place.

The woman remained statuesque, not in any aesthetic sense, just in absolute immobility.  Eventually, eventually, the other customer came back and she eventually, (did I say "eventually"?) completed the other customer's order and her opaque stare turned to me.  I explained my need for a drive belt and showed the worn belt I'd brought with me.

"We need the mower information."  I pointed at the info written at the bottom of the list.  "We need the size of the mower deck."  I explained that the belt wasn't for the mower blades, just to lower the deck, but since she insisted on needing the size I called Bro and got the info.  She maintained she still needed the actual model number, but after a lot of insistence on my part, the man eventually shuffled off for a belt.  I compared it to the worn belt.  "They're not the same size."  "Yes, they are!"  Absolutely not.  I held the two together to show there was about a foot difference.  "Well, it's your fault for not having the model number.  We don't know anything..."  "Clearly!"

I didn't stomp my foot, but I wanted to.  I took my stuff and wasted more of my life essence in the check out line where there were only 2 customers ahead of me, but it took another 15 minutes.  I drove to another store to get the belt.  The store is missing.  After fruitlessly driving around, I discovered they moved the store.  But of course, it was closed by the time I found it.  I hate shopping.

This is unintentional art.  I've decided to retire a pair of my sweatpants and liked the paint smears on the thighs.  I scanned it thinking I might use it as a background for something.  Somehow paint-smeared sweatpants seems apropos for my foot-stomping day?

Unrelated to any of this, for those of the praying type, please remember Sue in your prayers.  She has health issues.

13 comments:

  1. How frustrating Linda! We tend to now get things like this on line....no more queueing and getting blank stares! I hope it's now fixed.Your unintentional art is very cool! It would make a great background.Sending my good wishes to your friend, I hope she is doing OK xx

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    1. The lawnmower is fixed and ready to go. Yay! I have to go back to the store to return a part though. Give me patience. Thanks for the good wishes for Sue!

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  2. I think you found the same store that Geof and I were at where it took more than an hour to buy a hose sprinkler for the lawn.

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    1. If not the same store, the same concept. Ugh! The mower looks great. Thanks again!!

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  3. Lordy woman, where do you live? With service like that you could die in line! No wonder more of us take our fingers to the computer to shop...

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    1. Letting my fingers shop sounds like a great idea now, but the store was on my way, and it should've been easy to run in and get some parts. Hopefully I won't have to shop there again for a long time!

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  4. I think you were very patient. I don't know what I would have done... Getting a free mover - or any gift - can certainly raise some challenges. Shopper? I stay as much away from it as possible.

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    1. I can't say I was exactly patient, but I did resolve to be resigned to waiting.

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  5. Love your use of "statuesque"! :)
    Sounds like it would be easier to cut your lawn with scissors than to get parts for the new mower. And I love the unintentional art!
    I hope Sue turns a corner soon.

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    1. Having used scissors around the trees, I'm not so sure I agree. Korki gave me a weed whacker too though, so I won't have to do that again. Thanks for the good thoughts for Sue!

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  6. That sweat pants image is amazing--it suggests water with gleaming feathers or leaves--beautiful! I feel your pain over shopping. I hate that sort of shopping extremely. I try to be a praying type, so I'll pray for Sue.

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  7. I think I enjoy seeing so many projects in one sloppy mess :) Thanks for the prayers for Sue. So far things have gone as well we can hope for her.

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