The Neighbors’ Mailboxes Vs. the Scalzi Riding Mower

Spoiler: The neighbors’ mailboxes lost.

We have of course informed the neighbors of the event, and have told them that we will gladly pay for the repair/replacement of the boxes. Because, duh. This is our fault. And that’s what you do when something is your fault.

52 Comments on “The Neighbors’ Mailboxes Vs. the Scalzi Riding Mower”

  1. Jake L Woodworth – Earth – I'm a nocturnal geek, I spend as much of my free time in the middle of the night as I can. I work in the evenings for the express purpose of avoiding the hated day-star. I'm an aspiring writer with a number of unfinished manuscripts waiting for me to stop procrastinating about them. I love books, not just reading them but the feel and smell of them, especially of older and antique volumes. I'm a hobbyist astronomer and lover of all things science and technology.
    Jake Lsewhere

    Yowza! How high did you have the deck set that you mowed off the post, halfway up? ;-P

  2. I note you didn’t say it was an accident.

    I’m thinking you noted an increasing social interest in mailbox savagery and wanted more blog hits. ;)

  3. Taking responsibility for your actions?!? What a novel concept. Someone should tell Congress…or at least about half of Congress.

  4. Hey Lori – I have been providing online and administrative support for entertainers, musical acts, and small businesses since 1997. Services include custom website design and maintenance, SEO configuration, social media campaigns along with tour and office management for bands. My extremely broad range of clients includes Grammy-winning/nominated performers, an online 24 hour radio station, a handmade greeting card company and an antique tractor club.
    Lori Young

    Did Felicia Day take you up on your offer?

  5. Oy oy, isn’t this a bit of an overreaction to that whole “toilet-papered porch” thing!?

    All kidding aside, how the heck did you manage to do that?

  6. @Lori – I was thinking the same thing! Hours after Felicia Day opines that she’d enjoy a riding mower and a big lawn and Scalzi offers his up, this happens. Coincidence?

  7. A receptacle for paper mail? They’ll never miss it. If you had run over their tablet with the mower THAT would have been a problem.

  8. timeliebe – Central NY – Dreaded Spouse-Creature to bestselling fantasy author Tamora Pierce (SONG OF THE LIONESS, THE CIRCLE OPENS, BEKA COOPER: A TORTALL LEGEND series), a co-author of TORTALL: A SPY'S GUIDE, Co-author with Tamora Pierce of Marvel's WHITE TIGER: A HERO'S OBSESSION for Marvel Comics. Contributing Editor for VIDEO Magazine during the 1990s, Columnist for C/Net 1999 - 2002.
    timeliebe

    Don’t lie, Scalzi – you HATED that mailbox, and always wanted it dead!

    Dead, you hear me? DEAD!

  9. The essence of good lawn mowing is speed and secrecy.

    If you had followed those rules, you wouldn’t have to pay for repairs.

  10. I’d like to join the legion of people who want more details on how this happened.

  11. Be careful with this stuff. In some jurisdictions any property damage involving any motorized vehicle or device requires a police report and a blood alcohol test. Fairly certain that it’s designed to catch people mowing their lawn while drinking!

  12. Remember, folks, a riding mower is “easy mode” compared to people who use scythes, but that doesn’t negate your real problems when you drive it into something. :-)

  13. Stacy – New York, NY – Publisher of Tu Books, the middle grade and young adult imprint of Lee & Low Books.
    Stacy

    Do I see a Whitman on the bottom one? My uncle lives in Ohio, but I’m pretty sure you don’t live *that* close to each other… or DO you?

  14. I should share this with my landscaper. While I was at Detcon1, they broke a plum tree sapling I planted. When asked about it, they blamed bunnies (the broken off portion had been stuck in the ground next to the rooted portion). Eventually, they agreed to pay for a replacement, but are still blaming it on magical bunnies.

  15. ROFL.

    Near my wife’s mother’s place, there was a house with a sign:

    Beware of Wife Driving Lawnmower

    Saw it once, next time we visited it was gone. I’ve always wondered exactly what it meant. Now I might know :)

    Wayne

  16. anyone else find it ironic that the one time Scalzi mentions his lawnmower is when there is an ‘driving malfunction’. He routinely posts pictures of his perfect lawn. Does anyone really think John is mowing his own lawn? Not that I would ever accuse John of misleading the public, but its highly likely he pays people to mow his lawn without giving them credit for doing so.

  17. Looks like the neighborhood mailboxes could use a harassment policy of their own!

  18. Sounds like if Mr. Scalzi was driving he can blame it on the allergy meds.

    Some expletive deleted took out my mail box once and didn’t bother to tell me. I was royally pissed until I found a side mirror from the perpetrator’s car in the ditch next to the destruction.

  19. “that’s what you do when something is your fault.”

    Jeez, John, you’ll clearly never make it to Congress with that kind of attitude.

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