I was not expecting to hear my father-in-law say that he was going to bring out the lawn mower the other day. The area around BangShift Mid-West is currently a toss up between muddy and just about liquified soil. I’m not joking about that either…there are spots in the backyard that I won’t walk on right now and on his property, there’s no way I’d drive anything out there. But there he goes, mowing up leaves and nearly getting his old Tahoe stuck moving around a flatbed trailer for some pre-emptive spring cleaning.
Around here, a riding lawnmower is an indispensable tool. You mow down the onion grass early in spring, you mow down the lawn that grows like bamboo plants on steroids during late fall and summer, and you trim up just before first frost. After that, you might bring it out for a touch-up or two, but by Thanksgiving, you’re done. Unless you have big, leafy trees that drop eight tons of crispy detritus onto your lawn. At no point in time is it suggested that finding the nearest mud puddle and going for broke is a good idea. Most lawn mowers have trouble on the slightest of an incline and some slick mud. But every year, we keep finding new footage of contestants taking aim at a sloppy muddy ditch in the hope that they can best the mini mud-bog. Check it out below: