Weed rather he waited

It is an unfortunate fact that this summer, about the only time it’s been below 80 degrees (27°C) is around four-thirty in the morning, if then.

But I still can’t work up much sympathy for this guy:

An Oklahoma City man said he was doing a good deed when he was arrested and cited for mowing his yard and a neighbor’s yard Friday morning.

Phil Ray Gage, 40, was arrested on a complaint of disturbing the peace after a neighbor called police to report him for mowing a lawn at [address redacted, but at least out of earshot] at 4:30 a.m., Oklahoma City police said. He was released by police at the scene after he signed a citation for disturbing the peace.

But Gage said he’s been mowing in the early morning hours for 10 years, and nobody has complained before.

There’s a reference elsewhere in the article to turning off the mower, so presumably this isn’t one of those non-motorized reel-type mowers that makes next to no noise.

On my block, there seems to be an unwritten code: nothing before 8:30 or so. I don’t ever start until 9, and 9:30 is more likely.


  1. fillyjonk »

    1 September 2011 · 9:32 am

    My solution? I didn’t water my lawn. (It’s entirely possible it’s dead, but I’ll cross that bridge when it reveals itself). Ergo, no need to mow. And especially no need to mow at 4:30 am. (Though I am awake some days at 4:30 am…)

  2. McGehee »

    1 September 2011 · 12:20 pm

    Somebody needs to adapt that stealth-helicopter technology to lawn mowers.

  3. Tatyana »

    1 September 2011 · 12:30 pm

    Now imagine: across from me, where used to stand the Green [United Methodist] Church the city is building a school…every morning I am woken at 6am by the sound of heavy machinery and trucks with concrete arriving to the jobsite

  4. Jeff Brokaw »

    1 September 2011 · 4:08 pm

    Peace and quiet is a beautiful thing, and 4:30 am specializes in it. Don’t mess with it, man!

  5. CGHill »

    1 September 2011 · 5:12 pm

    For some inscrutable reason, I tend to awaken at 4:47 am. I’m assuming it’s mobile street noise that is no longer audible once I’ve verified the time. (If it’s Saturday or Sunday, I may get up and fetch the paper; it’s not worth the bother on weekdays, since I’ll be up by six anyway.)

  6. Violins and Starships »

    1 September 2011 · 5:54 pm

    Seemed Like a Good Idea…

    What about all those people who work all night and sleep in the daytime? Aren’t you disturbing their peace when you mow the lawn during the daylight hours?…

  7. ms7168 »

    1 September 2011 · 7:45 pm

    It’s usually around 8:30 or 9 before anyone does it around here too. I’ll never forget one Saturday a few years ago the older man down on the corner was out mowing his at 6am. With weather like we’ve had this year that would be smart so long as the neighbors don’t care and they didn’t seem to. Up here I couldn’t even hear his mower.

    Oh and your lawn isn’t dead. It’s dormant :) It will be back big time as soon as it cools off and rains some. You’ll see :)

  8. McGehee »

    1 September 2011 · 7:52 pm

    Yup. Especially the rain part. In my yard if somebody walks across the grass sweating it inspires a swatch of sudden growth.

  9. ms7168 »

    2 September 2011 · 7:50 am

    One of my Facebook friends posted that simple dew can do quite a bit.
    Although this year it’s been so dry I don’t think we’ve made a dewpoint for the low. Just checked and currently the dewpoint temperature is 56. Could be some time before we get that cool again!

  10. vaporfection »

    11 October 2011 · 1:31 pm

    lol. poor guy, but I can’t blame his neighbors, I might not call the cops, but would defiantly steel the wheels off his mower and politely return them at a reasonable hour.

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