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Friday, August 19, 2016

Good morning crew,

I have discovered a new hatred in life. And I'm not talking about a dislike or a minor annoyance, I am talking about a deep-seated, remorseless, actively seething enmity.

And this new nemesis in my life has a name; dandelions.

This is a problem I never had living in a condo, but now that I have a lawn to take care of this new scourge has been introduced into my life.

They grow like, well, weeds, but the worst part about dandelions is that they will - not - die.

I have spent uncounted hours on my hands and knees with a 9-inch flat-head screwdriver (because I broke the handle off my commercial weed-popper) prying these vegetatious parasites up and leaving little craters all over my once beautiful lawn, but if you leave even a sliver of root in the ground it will come right back within a week.

I don't know how they do it. It really is incredible. But I know the exact same weeds are coming back over and over because they are growing out of the same holes I dug the previous week.

Now I know how Sisyphus feels. It is just hours and hours of labor wasted. When I look at the lawn and see all the old weeds back along with a new crop to keep them company, the despair that settles in my chest is palpable.

I had a nightmare the other night that I woke up one morning and the entire lawn had been replaced with giant, mutant dandelions. Have you ever seen the 1962 science fiction movie 'Day of the Triffids'?

I never thought I could harbour such visceral hostility for a plant.

I blame the wife. Last year we had a lawn service come out every other month and spray some mysterious concoction all over the lawn and we never saw so much as a thistle, but this year she canceled the service and now look at the shape we're in.

Laugh it up,

Joe

joe@gophercentral.com

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