Mowing the Lawn: When I was a kid, I hated mowing the lawn. Partly because I had bad allergies when I was younger and mowing the lawn meant spending several hours (if not a day) sneezing and wheezing. But also because it was a big giant waste of time. The grass was only going to grow back and you would be back there the next weekend mowing again. Fortunately, my brothers and father picked up my slack (thanks for that). When you are young, older folks tell you things like, "when you get your own place you'll like mowing and taking care of the yard." When they say things like this, they are clearly deranged because this is clearly impossible. I hate yard work. Why should purchasing a house suddenly cause me to become stupid and like mowing? When I first moved out on my own, I rented a house with two friends of mine. And while renting a house had many perks, it had some negatives. One of which was we had to mow. I can't say that I really ever enjoyed it, but I tolerated it. Then after I got engaged and then got married my wife and I started thinking about buying a house. We talked about what we would want in a house and we talked about how we both hated yard work and because of this we both wanted a house with a tiny yard. Well, time passed as it always does and we eventually got a house and somewhere in there my wife betrayed me and joined the other side. We found the area we wanted to live in and there were lots of houses with tiny yards, but my wife picked out a house that has one of the largest yards in the subdivision. Instead of a tiny yard, we got a medium large yard. If that betrayal wasn't enough, then came the ultimate betrayal. I betrayed myself! Turns out I like mowing the yard. It's time I get to spend by myself (with my iPod). Sometimes I sing along to the tunes, other times I just contemplate whatever's on my mind. But also it gives you a sense of satisfaction that just doesn't make sense. I mean this is the same job I was doing before (at my parents house, at the two houses I rented with friends and the house we first rented after getting married), but for some reason it's significantly different. Go figure.
Mowing the Yard (then): D+
Mowing the Yard (now): B+