by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 1998. All rights reserved.
Bought a new lawn mower recently, my first ever, and I'm not sure I did the right thing. I hated to give up on my old one, you see, since it's served me faithfully the past ten years since I bought it at a flea market for $5. It's an old (1940s?) Montgomery Ward manual reel mower with a wooden handle that's splitting. The well-worn blades chatter like crickets as I push them gainfully across the lawn.
A push mower doesn't trim grasses as readily as one of those self-propelled motorized models, nor does it cover as much ground as quickly as those riding mowers can, but it has its advantages. Starts every time, for instance.
Continued at... Pushing Progress.
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