Journal of a 77 Year Old Gay Man Coming In For the Final Landing

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New Toy


Bill and Ron got a new toy today.  Yep!  We got a John Deere (doesn’t just saying that name make your heart flutter guys?) zero turn riding tractor.  


We have been thinking a bit about getting a bigger and faster tractor than the John Deere we have now.  Bill mows our lawn and it takes him over two hours.  With one of these zero turn tractors, he can cut that time in half.  


Last year Bill bought our neighbor’s tractor when he rented his house out.  That is also a John Deere tractor but a two blade tractor with the engine up front.  We’ve always been impressed by the zero turn tractors. Both of my brothers have zero turn tractors.  How I let my two younger brothers “up” me on lawn mower riding tractors, I’ll never know.  My guard must of had my guard down. 


We went down to Loew’s this morning to “just look” at riding tractors.  You know how that goes, “just looking.”  So many times I’ve “just looked” and ended up buying on the spot.  This house, my dog Horace, et al.  


What propelled us into buying the John Deere today was free delivery.  That’s $79.00 saved right there!

Then we get a veterans discount of 10%, that was another $399.90.  We’ll take it!  And in fact, they said they could deliver it this afternoon, which they did!  


Now the problem was how to use it.  Haim, (from Israel, not a Hispanic) the delivery man gave us a quick “how to” but me with my decreasing cognitive skills still didn’t grasped the sequence that I have to follow to start and run the tractor.  See the video below, which was not staged.  In fact this video was supposed to show me taking off IMMEDIATELY but you know how that goes.  Oh well, reality.  


Now here is something funny.  Bill has no problem starting the tractor but he can’t get the hand of steering the tractor with those dual handle bars.  I have no problem with that, much to Bill’s surprise (and chagrin because he always has to be the butch one who knows all about THAT stuff and thinks I can only bake cakes).  Hey, let me tell you I can do some Butch Stuff too.  Not whole lot mind you (I don’t want to break my fingernails) but I can manage in a pinch.  I’m butch when I have to be. 


So I took a spin around and even cut our neighbor’s lawn (they’re away on vacation).  Bill was so impressed that I fear that he is going to give me the lawn mowing job too.  Not so fast Bill.