- Drain tank, flush hole.
- Detach hoses, blow out.
- Note: gas tastes evil. Remember to ride bike more.
- Remove air filter, look with disappointment at the dirt.
- Unscrew nuts from bolts that hold air filter holder in place, lose all spacers in guts of mower.
- Curse, feel not Zen-like at all.
- Take off carb cup, experience creeping bewilderment.
- Flip all moving parts, ream with pipe cleaner.
- Suspect that neighbors are watching.
- Get the WD40, douse, decide that was a bad move.
- Disassemble top of motor to reach lost spacers, find them all, rejoice.
- Repeat in reverse order, pull ripcord.
- Listen to engine run for three seconds and die…again and again.
- Pack tools, come inside, find towel to place on couch to prevent grease stains.
- Write a blog post as reasonable alternative to shoving mower into the street to become a hateful version of roadkill. I need my neighbors to continue to like me, even if I’m the crazy lady who attempts small engine repair in a sundress and cute wedges.