Hello Bert. You're a lucky man. We occasionally get someone in to do the lawn but we can't afford to do it all the time. Plus, I need the exercise... If I sat in my workshop doing fun stuff all day I'd be even fatter than I am.....
Talking of divinely inspired providence..... My car starter motor failed (permanently...) at 4.30 PM one Christmas eve. I'd love to say I now have a chauffeur as a result, but alas I am still driving myself.... :-)
Too Right! there are so many things I would like to do or try, and pesky things like work and mowing the lawn get in the way.....
Aaah, yes, mowing the lawn. Not to stray too far off topic, David, but for me this subject is a little like that Thanksgiving dinner of a couple of years ago.
It was 8 years ago now, how time flies, that on the very last mowing stretch, on the very last mowing day of the season, just as I had stopped the mower and was about to clean it before putting it away, a wheel fell off. The mower was old enough, and the little axle thing no longer available, that this meant buying a new mower next season.
But the timing was just too perfect. It had to be divinely inspired. So when the next February came, and I had to begin thinking about a new mower, I made one of those landmark decisions. It was Friday night at dinner. I announced to wife and brother that we were going to get a lawn service. Can't let such divine inspiration go to waste, right? (I mean, imagine if the wheel had fallen off just a week or two sooner. No doubt, I would have rushed out to get a new mower, just to get the job finished. Right?)
Best decision I ever made. Still today, I get this guilty pleasure every Saturday afternoon. Now, when I hear a lawn mower in the background, I have the supreme luxury of thinking about it as one of those "lazy summer afternoon sounds."
That's why I love going to conferences like EE Live! I can chat with other people who realize just how cool this all is. Most folks simply don't realize just how amazing today's electronics components and systems really are.
I just thought of myself and Adam Taylor (from the UK) and Javi (from Spain) and Clarke Monroe when we were having a few beers in the evenings at EE Live! last week and we were chatting about our projects. To some one sirtting across the bar, it woudl have looked like we were telling fishing stories of "the one that got away" LOL
When I finish something, I'll call Joseph over to take a look, and he will try to appear interested and pat me on the shoulder and say "That's very nice, Dad," and then he'll return to texting his friends. Gina is much the same.
Hey Max. Hilarious, because this rings SO TRUE. In my case, it would be my daughter and wife. But WE know it's cool, right?
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