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The Weekend

This day has been quite a waste. I haven't gotten much done. Chris, Gene, Rodney, Scott, and Chris are all out today, and I haven't been motivated. I'm about to leave for an appointment, and just head home after that.

Megan and I are going to my parents house for dinner, and I'm gonna bring over my lawnmower blade to sharpen (it's horribly dull). I haven't sharpened it since we got it a year or two ago, and I don't think it was even sharp then. You're supposed to do it every season. Otherwise, the grass just hacked off and rips, which makes it less healthy, rougher on your feet, more susceptible to disease and weeds can more easily overtake it.

This year I'm embracing lawn care. It's a necessity, so I might as well learn to enjoy it. So far Megan and I have been really good about trimming the brush by the driveway, mowing both yards, and I'm about to tackle the landscaping in the front with some mulch. Enough yard talk.

Tomorrow Megan is headed to Birmingham for Kanthi's Art Supplies Shower, while I'll be hitting up Vertical House for Record Store Day (12-5 tomorrow!). I got a bunch of CDs to sell/give away. Maybe I can afford to pick up some of the new vinyl they got in. I'll bring some SF demos, too.

Saturday night I dunno what I'll do. Maybe play some more Resident Evil 4. I'm having just as much fun playing through that game a second time on the Wii. It's gotta be one of my favorite games of all time, and I don't even like that many survival-horror games. Or maybe I'll play/record some music with my new Digitech RP-7 I bought from Chris.

Sunday's yard/laundry day. Yay.

Edit: Reading about blade sharpening led me to this gem, which I thought was quite LOL-worthy:
As you sharpen, move the blade back and forth across the grinder, maintaining the proper angle until you get the edge you need. Do not force the blade into the grinder. Forcing the blade to grind faster heats the blade and will cause the metal to lose its temper.

"Be careful not to piss off the blade too badly. It might come at you and it's armed with a sharp edge."

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skate_or_die82
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yard work is the shit, man. It gets you outside, is a good workout, and you can take pride in the result. A blaring stereo always helps. Does your dad have a bench grinder or are you just gonna sharpen it with a file? Once it's ground down, you can just file it every now and then... unless you need an excuse to buy a sweet bench grinder. :)

happinessiseasy
Apr. 19th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Yard work is the shit, man.

Says the guy with no yard.
bjbass
Apr. 18th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you know this, but you have to be careful to keep the blade balanced. It's easy to take a litte more off one side than the other and not know it. They make little graduated cone-shaped things that you set the blade on to make sure it's balanced.
happinessiseasy
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Or a screwdriver :D
theverticalbar
Apr. 18th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
woot! see you tomorrow!
dontsayroscoe
Apr. 18th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
My brother did the same thing; got a house, and immediately became super-interested in yard work.

Geez. If that's what happens, I'm just gonna live in apartments for the rest of my life.
happinessiseasy
Apr. 18th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's all about perspective. I see people with kids and I'm like "hell no.." but I'm sure I'll get all "into it," which makes me kinda sick to think about now... but like I said, perspective..
inherentmalaise
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
Ugh.
happinessiseasy
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
*shrug*
inherentmalaise
Apr. 21st, 2008 08:35 am (UTC)
We're definitely not "super-interested" in yard work. We don't really have a choice about keeping it maintained, though.
happinessiseasy
Apr. 21st, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
I think he was referring to my statement: This year I'm embracing lawn care. It's a necessity, so I might as well learn to enjoy it.
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