Monday, May 5, 2008


Several years ago, my husband, who travels frequently, decided that it was worth the money to hire a lawn service. Spencer didn't want to spend his Saturdays cutting grass when he was gone so much during the week. We both LOVE spending time with the kids on Saturdays, and it's especially important to him.

Anyway, our lawn service guys have come on Tuesday mornings forever. Then they suddenly switched and started coming on Mondays. Because I wasn't used to being awaken by the lovely sound of a weed eater on a Monday, I was a little aggravated when they came last Monday instead of Tuesday. Also, I have been aggravated for a while with them because the foreman, Mike, hasn't been showing up lately, and the only men who come speak NO English. And I speak No Spanish - besides counting to 10. This is frustrating when you need to ask them to do something new or different.

All of my neighbors used to use Mike's lawn service. Then one by one, they have been switching to Joey's lawn service. I didn't fully understand it, because Mike's guys have been doing a pretty good job.

Until Monday.

When I witnessed, with my own eyes, one of Mike's guys mow around the newspaper lying in the grass. Around it. Didn't pick it up and mow the grass under it. Really? Come on.

I've been trying to make sense of that in my head. I guess he thought that newspapers have a special power that automatically makes the grass under them as short as the newly mowed grass around them. Or that newspapers can magically levitate so he can mow under them without touching them. Ugh.

Needless to say, we're now with Joey's lawn service. Duh.


Queen B said...

Isn't that pitiful? I think that is a good call to switch services!!

Wade and Ginger said...

I hope you walked outside right then, looked him square in the eye while picking up the paper and said "That better?"

Tracye said...



I agree w/ Wade & Ginger... but would never have the guts to say it!

Jody said...

I would have walked outside, picked up the paper and said, "Hey, you missed a spot." Not that they would have understood, but it would have made me feel better. I hope you let Mike know why you are now happy with Joey!

Gotta GROW with it said...

that's hilarious! and a bit sad! strange how some people think. good luck with the new guys.