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Yesterday marked a special occasion for the homeowner in me: the first time I have mowed my own lawn. You might ask how can that be if you know that I have owned my own home more or less since 1998. You might wonder, haven’t you been in your current home form more than 2 years? Well yes you might, or you might want me to stop writing about lawn mowing.

Years of living in a townhouse or in homes owned by others combined with the nearly 2 years it has taken to get a proper, mowable lawn in place at my new house have made yesterday’s milestone event possible.


1001 post on Alt Text

I had meant to announce (with much fanfare) my 1000th post here on Alt Text, however due to the great number of draft posts I have under the hood, I lost track. So here it is….the 1001st post since I have been keeping track (1999).


SXSW Packing List

Going to SXSW is a bit like going to a high school reunion. You know everyone there, or at least have recollections of them, but you are hazy about which sites go with who and often, can’t quite place names with blogs



Those who follow such matters know that I built a house last year and have been involved in multiple projects since then, mostly involving pushing around large rocks and piles of dirt. This fall we put down grass seed in most of our yard and to our amazement grass actually grew! I mention seeding because we made conscious decision to seed our lawn rather than sod. For those who don’t know sod is considered by many to be very bad for the environment due to extensive use of chemicals during the growing process (including carcinogens in atrazine, etc.) and because sod strips away so much topsoil each time it is harvested, rendering the land useless for several seasons.

I tell you this not to lecture but to give one reason why we decided to seed and setup my next statements. In addition to all the landscaping work I have done this summer, there were construction crews rebuilding our local sewer system and putting in new curbs and streets. When they were done (yesterday) they took an area that we have planned to put down mulch and small bushes and laid sod. My dilemma now is that I don’t want to waste the, already wasteful sod, yet I really didn’t want it,