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.
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.
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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