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Chainsaw On a Stick!

If you've been following this LJ for a while, you probably know that we're still settling into a new house, and that has led us to a new experience: yardwork.

In particular, we have a largish thing which we call the Bee Bush (technically speaking it's a Daphne bush) which has, slowly but steadily over the course of the summer, been attempting to block the garage door and prevent passage into the back yard. It's also grown to something like 10' tall, which is about 3' taller than we'd like it to be.

Like any self-respecting homeowners, we figured there was only one thing to do: get a chainsaw on a stick! So one trip up the street to Home Depot later, we were ready to PWN the bush with some L337 HAX chop the hell out of it trim it back quite aggressively.

In the chainsaw's defense, it was very effective. What would have been an all-day project with pruning shears and a hand-saw only took us about two hours.

On the other hand, two hours of wielding a chainsaw on a stick wreaks havoc on your hands and arms if you aren't used to it! My biceps and grip muscles are still whimpering softly to themselves the next day. And as I am a noodlehead, it completely slipped my mind that maybe I should draw the week's strips first and then go wielding the chainsaw.

Owie. 0.o

So, as you might guess, no SJ today. I'm hoping that by tonight my grip muscles will have recovered enough that I can get something done by Wednesday.

Oh, and now we have to clean up the remains of the Daphne bush from out of the driveway. Oops.

-The Gneech


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Sep. 24th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
Well, you got your workout for the week in at least, right? :-D
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well, my biceps and grip did...

Sep. 24th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
Anything that vibrates that much for that long will make your muscles melt off your bones. Taking in shopping carts does that to me... Owie... Owie... PHANTOM PAINS!
Sep. 24th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
That is why I never use such mechanized doohickies. Pruning shears and limb cutters all the way. :nodnod:

But then I havn't had a ten foot tall bush before. :{

Hope you feel better.
Sep. 24th, 2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
This is because you have no 'leet ninja skills.

*fox imagines gneech on a tree stump flailing with a chainsaw on a stick*

Ooooo... much fun.
*fox sips soda*
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Alas, if only I'd have a large flaming battleaxe handy...

Sep. 24th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
this is why I pay people to do this...
and if I remember this bush, it's particularly man-eating...

Sep. 24th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: this is why I pay people to do this...
This is the one by the corner of the house, as opposed to the holly with the hobbit-hole.

Sep. 24th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC)
Chainsaw on a Stick! Apply directly to the Bee Bush!
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)

Sep. 24th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
Chainsaw on a Stick! For all your zombie-hunting B-movie needs! *Maniacal grin*
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it be better to have a chainsaw on a boomstick?
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
That's Gears of War.
Sep. 25th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of the Evil Dead trilogy since I've never played Gears of War.
Sep. 26th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Well, if you want to really stretch the chainsaw/gun combo, there's also Warhammer 40K. ;)
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
There is such-a-thing as a One Cut Prune done one inch above the ground and parallel to the ground.
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
I think you may be confusing "prune" with "chop down."

-The Gneech
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
Nope, you have the idea right.
Sep. 24th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)

Ha-HA! Chainsaws on dowels!
Sep. 24th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
I know that pain well. A few times I've used chainsaws or other power tools like that and not regained fine motor skill for many hours there after. Arms still feel the buzz and when that goes away the ache of the muscles starts up. Only thing to do is rest and let the body heal.
Sep. 24th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of a bush in a roommate's front yard we gradually trimmed back; she was afraid that it would attack.

Sounds like yours managed a bit of a counter. ;)
Sep. 25th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
That's one of the reasons I trim hedges by hand, no matter how long it takes. The other is that the noise gives me horrible headaches. Snowblowers do the same thing.
Sep. 25th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I can just see Gneech attacking a 10 foot bee tree with a snowblower now. All the while wishing it was a Level 40 mosquito.
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
This entry is useless without pictures, T_G!
Sep. 26th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I feel your pain ... we have a Chinese elm that does the same thing.

"But I just trimmed it last week!"
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