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Monday, May 01, 2006

The Lawnmower Man

I've found something else to feel guilty about, because that's just what I need to be wasting my energy on these days. Mr. J, who did some initial sprucing up of my yard at the beginning of the season and who has cut my grass every week for the past 3 weeks, called me this morning at 7:40am. Now, mind you, I had just pulled in to the parking garage; it's not like I was asleep or anything. But 7:40am? Very few people would I call at that hour.

Mr. J: Do you want me to come out and mow your lawn today?
K: Ah, isn't is supposed to rain all day?
Mr. J: No, no it isn't.
K: Well, it doesn't look too bad so I don't think I need it yet. I'll give you a call later.
Mr. J: When are you going to call me, then?
K: Let's just see how it grows and when the neighbors mow theirs and I'll call you.
Mr. J: Okay, then.

Sigh. This type of situation drives me crazy. He clearly wants the cash I've been providing him and he isn't going to let it go until I set the record straight. We don't have a standing agreement, and I told him T wants to mow the lawn. But he also probably suspects that we haven't bought a lawnmower yet, and he's right. The problem? My neighbor approached me last week and offered to mow my lawn for cheaper than what I'm already paying ("beer money"). He and the guy who has recently moved in on the other side of us are going to work together this summer and do some yard work on the side in the neighborhood to make a little extra money. This would be a great arrangement for several reasons: they'll be cheaper, they can just mow my lawn when they do theirs, and they are willing to do other yard-related work that I might want or need done.

I just can't bring myself to tell Mr. J. Not only do I feel like I've let him down, but I think he'll switch into hard sell mode and drop his price repeatedly in an effort to get me to change my mind. This is a super small potatoes problem in the grand scheme of things, but it's nevertheless one I wish I didn't have at this moment.


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