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Time for the Mower

The sweet smell of freshly mowed grass! I took the trusty (rusty) push mower to the new lawn last night. Of course, I got home today and some critter had been digging in it! OK, it’s officially a lawn (just don’t walk on it)!

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Before and After (Backyard)

I provide the following before and after pictures for your consideration. The former was taken on April 4, 2004, the latter was taken today, May 19, 2007. Next week, with its first cutting, the grass will officially become a lawn.

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CU Graduation 2007

Columbia University held its 253rd graduation ceremony today. Hooray! They say there were 40,000 people in attendance.

Straight Outta Chicago

Just like everyone who went to college in the 80s, I loved Straight Outta Compton. Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt fame does a great cover of the title song (via los amigos de durutti) .

Protect the Grass

Here’s the lawn all covered over. It’s going to be hot on Tuesday so hopefully the grass won’t burn out underneath that black cloth. The helicopters are coming fast and furious.

Take a look at a digest of all the lawn-related posts so far.

No Diploma for You

No diploma for you! I recently found out that I’m still missing a bunch of credits (outside my major) to graduate from Teachers College any time soon. I’ll write to the administration to get the full details, but it looks like I’m a TC captive for another semester or two.

Another Lawn Post

Today’s lawn post. There’s a big maple tree in the backyard and the wind is blowing all the “samaras” down into the grass. So we had to cover it over or they’ll clog up the lawn and kill it. According to wikipedia: “A samara is sometimes called a key and is often referred to as […]

Grass Is Coming Up

Yes another post about the lawn. Get used to it because I can promise that there will be more. This is the lawn at the end of week three. Many people have said, “it looks perfect”, but I’ve included an inset so that you can see, in fact, it is not ready for romping and […]

Pizza Plus Fire

On my way home from the dry cleaners tonight I smelled smoke and saw fire trucks out in front of Pizza Plus. A welder was doing some work this afternoon and had gotten sparks in the walls — it caused a big smokey mess. Basically the whole building is wrecked. I talked with Roz who […]

Crazy Neighbor

Last night the crazy landlord across the street started throwing junk off the roof of his garage. He wasn’t making much of an effort to avoid pedestrians either. He didn’t hit anyone, but he was belligerent and kept throwing things when the neighbors asked him to stop. When he got to the metal pipes, huge […]