Modern Hardware Store

A few weeks ago, the head on my weedeater broke.  The day of doom arrived today that I had set aside to install a new head on the weedeater and do the edging and trimming.  You see, I’m kind of clueless about mechanical things in general AND I’m uncoordinated.  Now, you see why I approached this day with a sense of foreboding!

I open up the new weedeater head, read the instructions (!), and attempt to follow them.  Didn’t make much progress.  Then, after about twenty minutes, I remembered that I had another weedeater shaft in the garage with an intact head.  I stuck it onto the weedeater with the good engine, and it worked!  But, it had this kind of funky thing for the string that definitely wasn’t a typical wind-up setup.  So I thought, “I’ll go down to the hardware store and see if one of those old guys that know everything about tools and home repair can help me.”

I walk into the local Ace Hardware with my weedeater head and I look around in the lawn and garden department to find some help.  A young guy walks up — probably in high school.  Looks like he’s never even had to operate a weedeater.  I’m thinking, “this is not going to go well  They get rid of the old guys that know their stuff, and they hire these young kids that don’t know nuthin.”  So, I ask him, and sure enough, he says, “I haven’t got a clue.’  He takes me up to the service desk, and there’s another young guy at the service desk who looks equally inexperienced.  He says, “sorry to strike out with you, but I haven’t got a clue either.’

So, I hightail it on down to Lowe’s, and I go into their lawn and garden department.  And the gentleman that comes up to help me looks like he has been a veteran of many a landscape crew.  He also looks like the sixties were not kind to him, but that’s another story.  Anyway, I’m thinking, “here’s the guy.”  So I approach him with my dilemma, and what does he do?  He goes down to where they sell the string for the trimmers, and tries out every one until he finds the right one!

So, I’m back in business.  Got the yard done, thanks to a little bit of good ole American ingenuity.

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