Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Short Girl's Guide To Riding Lawn Mowers

The other day Frankie was going to mow the lawn, but he had something to do first that particular morning. I knew it was going to be hot by the time he got around to it and then he wouldn't really want to actually do it. I was home and not doing anything so I decided to go ahead and mow it for him. It was above waist high so there was no time like the present.

Last time mowed I had to have Frankie, who had walking pneumonia at the time, come out and push the lever (as pointed out in the above picture) from right to left to lower the blade. Every time I tried to do it myself the motor would die before I could get the lever all the way to the left.
I wanted to try it again on my own. So, I went outside and got the lawnmower started. I being only 5 foot 1 inch have to sit on the edge of the seat so that I can reach the clutch with my left foot. I also had to sit on the edge so that I could reach the lever. I tried several times to push the lever over, but every time I would the mower would die. I even tried to use something that I could hook on it and then try to pull it over. That didn't work.

I tried moving the lever with my right hand. I tried reaching over with my left hand and pulling that way. I tried sitting on the right as far as possible while still on the edge. I tried moving to the left as far as possible while still on the edge. Nope. Nothing worked. It died every time.

I went inside and called Frankie to make sure I wasn't forgetting to do something. He said I was doing everything right. He said the problem might be the fact that when I get to a certain point in pushing the lever over and since I don't have monkey arms, my rear end comes up off the seat just enough to make the safety kill switch feature kick in. Alright, I will see if I can't keep my butt glued to the seat and try again!

I go back outside and try several more times in various positions to get that stupid lever moved over. Still no luck! With a sigh I leaned back in the seat, still sitting on the edge mind you so I can keep my left foot on the clutch. I sit there a few minutes trying to figure out a way to get this to work. Then the light bulb came on!

Sitting in that leaned back position on the edge of the seat with my left foot on the clutch, I grasped the steering wheel for balance. I then brought my right foot up and used it to push that lever over. It was awkward. It was not lady like. It was slightly uncomfortable. I would died if anyone saw me. But it worked! The mower roared into its powerful mowing self! I was so proud of my ingenuity!

I am now invincible on the riding lawn mower! Let's hear it for the short girl! :)