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He fought the lawn, and the lawn won.

2 Aug

One of my favorite things about working in an office is the Monday water cooler talk, where everyone compares notes on their weekends. If it were a contest, today my colleague Jason would’ve won.

An elder from his church offered him a lawn mower on Sunday. “Jason,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I just bought this new mower and it hasn’t cut a blade of grass. I think it’s too complicated for me. Stop by and I’ll give it to you if you want it.”

Jason, being something of a boy scout, responded, “Nah. Why don’t I come over and see if I can get it working for you?”

The elder (who is actually in his 80s) said, “No, thanks. I tried that thing a few times and couldn’t figure it out, so I hired a lawn service. My place looks the best it has in 30 years!”

So Jason stopped by. And looked at the lawn mower. And realized: it was, in fact, a wood chipper.

I think there’s a moral here, like: The right tool for the job makes all the difference.

Or: be nice to your elders. Because they might bat-shit crazy and give you some nice equipment.