Buy and use a manual lawn mower on your yard. No joke. And you won't just gain the attention of your neighbors either, you'll be able to assess their personalities rather quickly as well. I'm out there mowing. Now pushing a manual is nothing like pushing a gas mower, it's more like vacuuming your yard with huge resistance (my grass grows faster than I can cut it). You don't just walk quickly down a strip of yard and that strip is done. I'm not sure I can explain it except.......well, think of vacuuming the floor; you go forward a few feet, then pull it back and often repeat in the same area before moving on. It doesn't take much intelligence to figure out that it's hard, hot, sweaty work.........and more time consuming. It took me an hour and a half to do my front yard that takes about 15 mins with a gas mower. So........like I said, I'm out there mowing. It's 7:30 pm.....sun is setting and it's not so beastly hot. (thank heaven or I'd have collapsed) A couple walks down the alley and hollers out" Is your mower broke?" and laughs. I ignore them and keep on mowing. They holler it about 3 more times. Irritated I tell them it's just fine, I'm doing my yard this way on purpose. I get another couple who say the same thing, I answer the same way. A while later when I've got about a third of the yard done, another neighbor, this one lives down the alley across the street, comes walking over. Now I've lived here almost 9 yrs and I have never spoken to this man once before today. He asks me if I'd like him to bring down his mower. (he's my age or older) Says he'd be more than happy to bring it over for me. I thank him and tell him I'm just fine. He asks me if my mower is broken, would I like him to take a look at it for me and see if he can fix it? So I explain that while I appreciate the thought, I have 3 mowers (I do), but I was mowing with the manual one by choice. I don't have to buy gas for it, it's basically maintenance free, and it's one hellova workout. He laughed and agreed telling me he grew up mowing lawns with one. I told him I did too. He goes back home and I go on mowing. Next thing I know I've got some gawkers in cars but at least they don't comment as they drive by. While finishing up the front yard two couples walk by and one of the males says" Now there is a lawn mower!" The other male agreed with him. The women acted odd and sort of like I was out there slaughtering a cow on my lawn or something. The guys just told them they were wusses. lol So...........ALL BY MYSELF............I mowed my front yard that has the thickest grass on the planet (according to sister in law who cussed it while using his gas mower on it). It looks pretty darn awesome, if I do say so myself. And it is most definitely a major workout. Even while still mowing I felt it in my arms, my chest, my back, my thighs, and my calves. I wonder if I'll be able to crawl out of bed in the morning. No wonder our grandmothers seemed to just keep going like energizer bunnies. omg I admit I came awfully close to buying a lawn mower at Lowes that has an electric ignition (no pull cord, the reason I can't use a gas mower). It didn't cost anymore than the normal sort. But now I don't think I will. I'll stick with my manual mower. Once I get the weeds completely tackled in back and all those thick stumps from them dug out, I ought to be able to use it back there too. Why should I pay 3.85 for gas when I don't have too?? Just to save a couple hours........naw. I need the workout anyway. Oh.........I forgot about the moron who says as he walks by " I know someone who can do that for you for JUST 30 bucks and who will do the trim too" I called back"Obviously you don't see that this costs me NOTHING, do you?" He gave me a dirty look and kept right on walking. Now all I have to do is be able to call out of bed in the morning. I have a rather long list of even more physically grueling chores to tend to.