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$1000 Snake Killing Machine

December 29th, 2010 at 07:42 pm

I am sure the title of this blog is making you wonder. What is he going to talk about? Well for those of you who don't know me I am deathly terrified of snakes.

So now lets go back to the year 2005. My family is living in a house that for some reason in the summer there were snakes all over the yard. You couldn't mow the yard and not see 10 snakes. We even had one downstairs in our laundry room. It was only about 3 inches long but for me it might as well of been 3 feet long. I wanted to avoid those snakes by any means necessary.

So I went out and purchased on a credit card a $1000 snake killing machine (aka riding lawnmower). I wanted to keep my feet away from those snakes anyway possible. The good part was that it was fantastic at killing snakes and it cut grass pretty good too. The bad part was that it was put on a credit card at 18% interest. And the other bad part was (yes there is more than one bad part to my story) I only owned the lawnmower for one summer season. We ended up moving to a new place where I did not have to mow the lawn and I had nowhere to store it. So just a few months after I purchased the mower I sold it for only $800. Not to mention all the interest I paid on the credit card which probably took me 2 years to pay off.

I guess the moral to my story is. Do not use the fear of something to rationalize you to buy something that you deep down know is stupid.

3 Responses to “$1000 Snake Killing Machine”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    $1000+interest minus $800 divided by the number of times you mowed the lawn times 10 snakes (not to mention those you alleviated from entering your home)...squared by your peace of mind...hmmm...all in all, not a horrible waste if you ask me. Glad that anxiety is no longer part of the eqaution for you! (and glad you sold the snake killer once it wasnt needed anymore).

  2. ltj2010 Says:

    Very good comment Ray. Funny

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Agreed with Ray. USually these type purchases depreciate rapidly, so selling for $800 doesn't seem so bad.

    I had an idea this would be a post about a lawn mower. We don't have big yards or many snakes here, BUT my mom delighted in killing snakes with the lawn mower when she was a kid. She was very fearful of snakes, and have heard that story a few times. So I read your title and thought, "lawn mower?"

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