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Monday, September 21, 2009

Man vs. Machine

Nurse Boy here for another True Story Tuesday. This one is an oldie, but goodie. This was originally posted in the spring of '08. And, let me state that my Dad is now doing awesome...


So, my dad is having open heart surgery and I ask my mom if there is anything she needs done around the house that is manly. She tells me that she would like the areas that she is going to plant flowers to be tilled.


Sounds simple enough.


I go to the garage and pull out the tiller. The thing is huge. I fill it with the 50:1 gas that my father tells me to use. I then go to the start the thing up. I set the choke and pull the cord.


Nothing.


I prime it, pull it and nothing.


Again and nothing.


After about 50 pulls and a bruised hand from the pull string attachment, I decide to read the picture instructions. It looks like there is a key. I go looking for a key and nothing. I then ask my father, who is post op day one, and he insists there is no key. I should look for the switch on the handle. So I go back and hold the gas down while I give it another 60 tries.


Nothing.


My pride is now damaged and I give up. Just then I put a few pieces of the puzzle together and I look for my Dad's snow blower. I can't find it. Do you know why?


Because it is the tiller.


Only it's not, it's the snow blower. Right there in my parents' front yard, on a beautiful spring day.


This stupid city boy has been trying to till his mother's flower garden with the stinking snow blower. I'm just glad I didn't get it started. Anyway, I then drained the 50:1 fuel out of the gas tank of the regular gas snow blower and found the tiller. It turns out the actual tiller is quite easy to start.


It also turns out that I am a moron.


That may not be news to you, but it's news to me. Nurse boy strikes again!


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17 comments:

Shana said...

That is hilarious!

Rachel said...

Totally cracking up - because that totally sounds like something I'd do.

So next time, don't ask your mom if she wants you to do any of the "manly" tasks? ;)

(Hey, I probably would have BROKE the darn thing! :)

Lisa said...

Okay, I am choking here. I can't believe a man would admit to such a thing. I am so proud of you!!! LOL That is so funny it almost ain't funny! LOLOL I hope you waited a few days to tell your dad, since he was fresh out of surgery and the laughter would have hurt kinda bad!

Sir Nottaguy-Imadad said...

Were there any plans to plant snowball bushes or snow peas? Just wondering. Thanks for the laugh this morning.

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh, Mr. Nurse boy! Too funny!! I'd probably do the same thing!!

Have a blessed day!

Kmama said...

Okay, now that is funny. Really, really, snort-out-loud funny.

Jewel said...

Oh my word!! How funny! AND you admitted to it!!! You deserve an award or sumthin', MR.!!! AND you even read the directions...well, after awhile, that is but you DID read them!!
Love Sir's comment about snow peas and snowball bushes! :-)

Emily said...

Ha! That is pretty funny, but I dont' think I would have been able to tell the difference between the snow blower and tiller either!

He & Me + 3 said...

Oh my that is hilarious...but so something my hubs would do. BAA HAA

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Wahaahaaa! That is very funny! Sounds like something I would do!

Brandi said...

Oh so funny! But if it had started, you'd have figured out it was the wrong thing a lot sooner... right? I hope anyway! :)

Tranquility said...

Go easy on yourself... they weren't your tools and those darn things all seem to look the same anymore! ;)

But that was hilarious!

Foursons said...

Bahahahahaha! That is funny! And glad to hear your Dad is doing well. :)

Theresa said...

I got a good belly laugh out of this one! I could just see the scene unfolding.

pixiedreams8 said...

That's Funny! And it makes me feel better about my love/hate relationship with the weed eater...I absolutely hate that stupid thing and can never get it started and refuse to go anywhere near it, but I sure love seeing my husband in the yard using it! ;)

Mummy McTavish said...

I bet she gets you to do all the manly things around her place after that display! I love that you kept trying for so long, unwilling to admit defeat!

Mr. Daddy said...

So glad to see there are other Morons besides me out there...LOL

Great story...