Friday, May 25, 2012

Yard Magic

With the Spring season, my yard has begun to sprout lots of green things - - some good, like flowers, and some not so good, like weeds and other plants. After trying to pull some of the bad stuff out by hand, I decided a weed trimmer would be a good thing to have. I checked Home Depot for what they charge for an electric weed eater, and then went on Craigslist to find one cheaper. I found a guy selling one (the model in this picture) for $25, who lives about 10 miles from my office. It's a little bit of a hike to get there, but I could do so mostly by riding the Washington & Old Dominion trail. It took me a little over an hour to get there, which is faster than taking the two-bus option. I haven't ridden in Virginia much at all since I moved to Maryland, so it was nice to ride "old turf" again. I had a lot of memories of past commutes on the bike path, through all kinds of weather... Speaking of weather, while I was heading to the guy's house, storm clouds threatened to let loose, so that kept my pedals turning faster too. :)

After the guy demonstrated that the weed eater indeed, did work, he was wondering how I was going to get it home, since I had arrived by bike. I emptied the contents of my pannier, and put the weed eater in there, with the long handle sticking out of the top of the pannier like a broom. I stuffed my other things back in there and it worked just fine. When I had told a friend of mine that I intended to get on the Metro subway with my bike and weed eater, she was a little concerned and wondered if they would let me on...that I might be deemed a (terrorist) threat... :) I said that I would just give it a try, that I doubted it would be a problem. And, as I thought, no one batted an eye, though they probably wondered what in the world I had in my bag. :) The weed eater handle not only stuck up, but back a little bit, so I had to be mindful when I was boarding the train and where I positioned myself, so that people could get around. Fortunately, it wasn't too busy on the trains, so I wasn't in the way that much.

Taking the subway was much less expensive than getting a Zipcar, and putting it in my bike bag worked just fine. :) I'm looking forward to doing some "yard magic" at my place this holiday weekend. :)