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In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?

You could have more grass.

Same with most "labor saving" devices. You don't save time, which is then
squandered on frivolous pursuits. You can do more work in the same amount
of time, so now you can have and maintain more "stuff."

Steve



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"Steve B" wrote in message
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In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with
the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?

You could have more grass.

Same with most "labor saving" devices. You don't save time, which is then
squandered on frivolous pursuits. You can do more work in the same amount
of time, so now you can have and maintain more "stuff."

Steve



Excellant point! I couldn't have said it better. Lets find out who invented
the FIRST lawn mower (after cows and sheep) and drag their name thru all the
dirt we can muster. Thanks for sharing this.
Lyndell
P.S. I have a kubota front mower 60" and I cut about 5 acres all together @
3 small lots I own. Luckily they all join! And of course the weedeating. If
you saw my post on the M14 angle grinder arbor..........that is to quickly
sharpen blades and get back to work. :-)


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In article 3Caag.18838$QP4.4266@fed1read12,
"Steve B" wrote:

In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?


Net result; my wife mows the grass

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Do you rent her out?

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"Nick Hull" wrote in message
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In article 3Caag.18838$QP4.4266@fed1read12,
"Steve B" wrote:


Net result; my wife mows the grass



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On Mon, 15 May 2006 19:16:33 -0700, "Steve B"
wrote:

In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?

You could have more grass.

Same with most "labor saving" devices. You don't save time, which is then
squandered on frivolous pursuits. You can do more work in the same amount
of time, so now you can have and maintain more "stuff."

Steve

====================
See Parkinson's Law

"Work expands to fill the time allotted to it."

Not only true at home but also at work. Given the amount of
money invested in "labor saving" equipment we should be down to
no more than a 35 hour work week at full pay.




Unka George
(George McDuffee)

There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy
which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations;
even a democrat like myself must admit this.

But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy,
for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the "money touch,"
but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Letter, 15 Nov. 1913.


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On Tue, 16 May 2006 10:12:10 -0500, F. George McDuffee
wrote:

On Mon, 15 May 2006 19:16:33 -0700, "Steve B"
wrote:

In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?

You could have more grass.

Same with most "labor saving" devices. You don't save time, which is then
squandered on frivolous pursuits. You can do more work in the same amount
of time, so now you can have and maintain more "stuff."

Steve

====================
See Parkinson's Law

"Work expands to fill the time allotted to it."

Not only true at home but also at work. Given the amount of
money invested in "labor saving" equipment we should be down to
no more than a 35 hour work week at full pay.


Beem in a DMV recently?

Gunner





Unka George
(George McDuffee)

There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy
which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations;
even a democrat like myself must admit this.

But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy,
for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the "money touch,"
but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), U.S. Republican (later Progressive) politician, president. Letter, 15 Nov. 1913.


"If thy pride is sorely vexed when others disparage your offering, be
as lamb's wool is to cold rain and the Gore-tex of Odin's raiment
is to gull**** in the gale, for thy angst shall vex them not at
all. Yea, they shall scorn thee all the more. Rejoice in
sharing what you have to share without expectation of adoration,
knowing that sharing your treasure does not diminish your treasure
but enriches it."

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"Steve B" wrote in message
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In the fifties, there was a groundswell among consumers to do work in less
time, and take that extra time to go fishing or spend quality time with

the
family.

So, in comes the riding mower. The idea was that what once took you four
hours to do with inefficient tools would now take one hour, net gain three
hours for napping or fishing or golfing, or whatever.

Didn't happen.

Net result of riding lawnmowers?

You could have more grass.

Same with most "labor saving" devices. You don't save time, which is then
squandered on frivolous pursuits. You can do more work in the same amount
of time, so now you can have and maintain more "stuff."

Steve





And let's not forget the all important exercise that we're no longer
getting, or have to pay a gym for the privilege!


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"Dave Lyon" wrote


And let's not forget the all important exercise that we're no longer
getting, or have to pay a gym for the privilege!


I can see that.

But, if you would have told me 20 years ago that I would be paying a buck a
bottle for water (and that's the cheap stuff), I would have handed you yer
sign.

Steve


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On Tue, 16 May 2006 03:45:23 GMT, "Lyndell Thompson"
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Excellant point! I couldn't have said it better. Lets find out who invented
the FIRST lawn mower (after cows and sheep) and drag their name thru all the
dirt we can muster. Thanks for sharing this.
Lyndell
P.S. I have a kubota front mower 60" and I cut about 5 acres all together @
3 small lots I own. Luckily they all join! And of course the weedeating. If
you saw my post on the M14 angle grinder arbor..........that is to quickly
sharpen blades and get back to work. :-)


Get some sheep . They taste better than lawn mowers :-)

Mark Rand
RTFM
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