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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Real Mowing with a Reel Mower

Talking about geting back to grassroots, this Saturday, I decided to get out the nand powered reel mower we bought a couple of years ago and try it out. Cat and I were pretty satisfied with the results.

You might be able to tell that a hand mower won't produce the "putting green" lawn many Americans seem to want, but it does make the lawn look presentable.

If I can keep the lawn mowed and trimmed regularly, I should be able to continue using the reel mower. I even use a scissor style hand trimmer and a hand edger. I don't have a very big lawn, about 250 square feet in the front and 300 or so in the back, so this is doable for someone like me if I keep it up.
Me and My Reel Mowever

I can feel very self-righteous about this on several levels. Not only am I reducing my "carbon footprint" (in this case), but my mower is American made!!! (Note also that Cat uses a clothesline to let the Oklahoma sun and wind do our drying!)


Kerry Conway said...

reel movers rock! i am jealous. i love reel movers. i used to mow my grandmother's back yard with one. those were the days...

Lynn Green said...

Another reason for me to feel good about using a reel mower is that the one I bought was made in America!