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Discussion in 'The Barefoot Pub' started by The Ramzev, Jun 1, 2012.
I vote Zetti permanent bartender of the Pub!
+1 on that one. I maen WOW. I wonder if he gets heat blisters?
Well like anything you do it takes dedication and practice.....Just be glad I don't do this in a kilt!
If he's bartender, I'll be the cook.
<-----I'll make some beer can chicken.
That's the mower of choice here, but I'd be lying if I didn't think this thread was about something else by the looks of the title. Thought we had a new thread on chafing and "landscaping" but I guess that's just my dirty mind. Ha!
I've mowed barefoot, but that was with a tractor . Think the wife got a pic too I'll have to dig it up for the just heck of it.
I have one of the old fasioned ones too... but since a cut like over 2 acres its not too feasable, actually it was going to be a decoration. The last couple times I mowed ,the grass was occasionally taller than the front tires of the tractor (16") and had to do most of the mowing all in first gear! I just dont have time to mow every single week
...and it ads to your mileage
I use an electric mower, my yard is only about 5000 sq. ft., and I go barefoot. I try and keep rocks in the flower beds where they belong, so I haven't had a problem with flying debris. I did, however, catch my shin with the weed wacker once!
I had a pushreel mower, but any new ones are so cheaply built that it was too inconsistent and flimsy feeling (did not want to spend crazy dollars on one) so I returned and got an electric, corded one. It's great. Quieter than the gas hog, no creepy exhaust (lawn mower engines are horrible for emissions), and no 'those batteries are worse than gas engines' crap from my non-hippy friends and family.
Best part is that here in the NorthWet, the electric mower doesn't get choked up and die in taller wet grass like my old gas mower did. It just keeps on cuttin'.
Yeah if I had a small lot electric would be the way to go (I suppose full manual would still be the most emissions friendly). Dont forget besides those batteries, that a large portion of power is from burning fossil fuels around here. But I use the garden tractors for a variety of things, mowing the lawn is just a small portion of thier duties.
Haha! I guess that post would have gone something like:
So how do you all mow your front lawns? I use a tight trimmer for most of the yard, just your general rechargeable trimmer, nothing fancy. The trouble happens with the large oak tree in the middle of the yard. I have to use a manual tool for around the tree, it's good to keep all grass off the tree. Right next to the tree, I have the part of the yard where there are always large acorns; these also require manual, precision cutting in order to keep the ground clean around the nuts; it's also good to keep all the grass off this area of the lawn so the acorns are easier to see.
I sort of pay for the privilege of being allowed to mow our "lawn" (meaning, we pay rent but when we leave it up the the houseowners to do it, they do a crappy job. Oh, and, we have less "lawn" and more ... domestic field). I use their crappy gas mower, and do it barefoot.
If i was still back east that would be a concern (coal powered elecrtrical generation). Fortunately I get most of my electrical through hydro and wind farms. Our electrical utility provider gives the option to specify greener options. Plus, our area just lends itself to those two sources (Columbia River Gorge=lots of moving water and strong winds). Full manual is the greenest option but my wallet can't handle the one I like, lol.
Yes, I mow BF with my John Deere riding mower. I like to save my energy for trails and roads.
I once told a running friend that I thought mowing the lawn (with a push mower) was a great way to recover from a race. He disagreed.
For race-recovery, yes, there are quasi-proven benefits. Anything more than that, however, and the old Norsemen adage kicks in:
"The more you mow, the less you know."
I'm not happy to say it, but it's true, believe me; I pushed the mowing too far, and found out the hard way.
Ok I dug up that pic. Unfortunately my wife didnt get my feet in it but I swear I was barefoot
Featured here besides my son and I is my 70's cub cadet that is a real workhorse and a homemade trailer I put together a few months ago since the poly dump carts were just not cutting the mustard. Now I'll have to get a pic of that old manual reel mower...
Thats cool you can specify, I've heard of things like that before. Not sure how 'real' that is since the grid is all interconnected and in reality you cant get really direct power on the grid from certain sources to certain customers, but if your close to those resources chances are your power is mostly coming from them anyhow. Here in the midwest we are predominantly coal, although there is plenty of hydro and wind around here as well but it pales in comparison to the big 1,300MW coal powerplants.
Tristan, the Columbia River provides most of the electricity to the Portland Area, primarily from the Bonneville Dam. As to the specification thing, I hear you. I used to work for the Power company back home in GA which was mostly coal. It is all connected, but the utility company often purchases from a generation concern. With the Portland area being very green focused, much is bought from hydro and wind providers (Wind power is exploding in Oregon/Washington, with a couple wind generation companies HQ'd in Portland now).
I look at it like buying carbon offsets; sure, I may not be as green as I'd like, but I'm making the effort I can (I can't control the power company's choices, but if they are buying more 'green' power to use somewhere based on my checking a box, it makes for less pollutant power generation in the grand scheme). As soon as I can afford it I am adding solar panels and a wind turbine to my home. Even if it runs just the hot water heater, that's the lion's share of my usage. Self-sufficiency would be the end goal, though.
which is also supported by your choice to run BF
See.....there is always a connection!!! lol