Friday JohnKu – AKA – TGIF

Funny Friday


Another week has flown into history. I am happy to see Friday’s shining face. A lot of work got done this week, and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Last weekend saw the demise of my old lawnmower. I have had it since 2001, and it has serviced me adequately all these years. Last week it stalled, and when I pulled the starter rope, the engine came off the platform. I guess the metal just couldn’t stand the strain of coastal living. So I bid a fond farewell to an old workhorse. I did buy a new one and can bet it won’t last sixteen years. Today’s JohnKu is about wearing out. I hope you like it. (It may not be just machines)

Break Down by John W. HowellΒ Β© 2016

One day working fine,

Next day a major breakdown . . .

No way to predict.


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Every moment precious… this is a great JohnKu. TY!

    1. Thanks, Gwen. You are right.:-)

  2. Impressive lawnmower age. They really don’t make machines to last any more, which is rather frustrating. Seems 2001/2002 were the final years of solid tech being made. Even my iPod from that era lasted 10-12 years before it croaked while my wife went through 3 of them in that same time span.

    1. I agree. I think one of the problems is younger folks get tired of their things and are secretly happy when they need to get a new one. This is the first year I have had a new phone. (I always got the hand me downs) Thanks, Charles. Will catch up with Raven. Was out last night. πŸ™‚

      1. Good point. I think they’re big spenders too, so making stuff that breaks is a way to get more money out of them. The enticement of upgraded stuff is another issue.

  3. Sadly, it seems nothing is built to last these days.Have a great weekend, John! Happy mowing!

    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Friday. πŸ™‚

  4. Hate it when a favourite bit of kit kicks the bucket – always takeds me ages to ‘bond’ with the replacement! πŸ˜›

    1. I know what you mean. This poor thing had been patched and bound for the last five years. Time to let it go. Thanks, Jan. πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, that salt air is killer stuff. Isn’t satisfied with doorbells, going after lawn mowers. 16 years is a good run, John. Maybe you’ll get luck again.

    1. Of course at my age I have to wonder who will outlast whom. In sixteen years I’ll be 91 and can see me pulling the cord and the engine falls off again. πŸ˜€

      1. Maybe when you’re 86, you can just plant wildflowers

      2. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Dan. I’ll keep that in mind.

  6. I like the JohnKu πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about the old lawn mower, but I guess on the plus side far better the mower than something like a car. My husband’s family had a place along the east coast for fifteen years. Love the salt life, but that air is rough!

    1. So true. To say I was surprised is an understatement. Thanks, Mae Clair. πŸ™‚

  7. I love your Friday JohnKu offerings! Built-in obsolescence, hmmm. Perhaps as writers, we’re missing the boat. Our paperbacks should disintegrate, and E-books fizzle on screen after a few years – forcing readers to buy them again!

    1. Great idea. Thanks, John πŸ˜€

  8. True words from a light bulb to our own emotions!

    1. Super comment, Jan. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  9. I like this haiku. Move forward..with a new mower. Have a great weekend.

  10. Sadly, many things aren’t built to last the way they once were (how about light bulbs??) Well, at least your old workhorse gave you many a good year. Probably time for it to retire! Nice JohnKu — enjoy your weekend rest!

    1. I just loaded it into the hearse for the final ride. It was good machine.

  11. Good post, John. I know the feeling. I recently bought a new fridge. The old one was leaking water all over the floor. The new one is great but I don’t know if it’ll last as long Great Friday picture.. πŸ˜€ — Suzanne

    1. I have had my troubles with fridges. Seems the more expensive the more trouble.:-)

  12. I’m surprised when most of the things I buy last 15 months, let alone 15 years, John. I bought some fancy (read: expensive) work shoes a few months ago and just took one of them in to get the sole fixed. Happy Friday to ya!

    1. So typical, Phillip. I stopped buying expensive flip-flops for the very same reason. Always some kind of blow out. πŸ™‚

  13. Coastal living can certainly take its toll on machines. The built obsolesce for household machinery seems to be decreasing with time when it should be increasing. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks, Guy. Yeah, what’s up with that? πŸ™‚

  14. P.e.r.f.e.c.t. Can’t get the picture of your lawnmower’s last gasp. πŸ˜€

    1. Think of pulling the starter rope and the engine goes flying toward you. πŸ˜€

      1. Haha. Yep. A SciFi moment. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  15. Will democracy
    Last beyond November 8th
    Or will it breakdown?

    1. Another fine Haiku. You may get the poet laureate job in the Provisional Government. I’ll certainly nominate you. πŸ˜€

      1. Wouldn’t work for him
        No matter how much you paid
        And you can’t make me.

      2. I said the Provisional Government. Post Hillary and Trump

      3. Aha.

        Orange Don and Hills
        Wiki-leaks proved they were shills
        Sanity returns.

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