Everybody knows that there’s nothing more refreshing and relaxing than a beer with friends on a warm summers afternoon. Well,that’s exactly what I thought when I set about doing some basic garden maintenance with a few friends this weekend.

What a mistake that was!

You see there’s also another well-known saying that goes, ‘don’t mix alcohol with machinery’. Seems obvious enough, right?

tree-trimming-pruning-slThe plan was simple. I needed to trim a few trees in my garden that had been overhanging a neighbors fence for months. She had complained numerous times and each time I told her I would take care of it. Of course, I never did and figured I’d get to it eventually. Well, today was the day. I invited a few friends around to make the job a little more tolerable.

It all started off well and we set about the task with great gusto and it looked like we’d get it all done by noon. That was until the beer came out of the cooler and we started to loosen up and have a good time.

Thoughts of trimming trees soon took a back seat to the much more important job at hand of having fun and hanging out with my friends.

drinking-with-friendsMy neighbor was watching the sad mess unfold the whole time and she was getting madder by the minute. She thought the day had finally arrived when she would be rid of my overhanging branches and leaves, and all would be well with the world. As the time passed by though, she could see those dreams becoming a distant memory and the reality of the situation was settling in.

She would most likely have to endure the eyesore for a few more weeks, if not months.

We ended up having a great time and my friends left at a reasonable hour. My neighbor was still glaring at me over the fence. I felt bad for her and vowed that I’d take care of it in the morning.

The next morning I got up bright and early and this time, I left the beer in the fridge where it belongs. I grabbed my ladder, garden shears, and a small saw. I attacked the tree with zeal and managed to have the job done in just under a couple of hours. As it turned out, the job wasn’t too hard and I actually enjoyed the feeling of satisfaction I got from completing the task. I also got a pretty good workout which is something I’d been lacking of late.

The moral of the story is simple. If you ever find yourself having to complete a job that requires focus and concentration then leave the beer in the fridge. Keep it nice and cold so that once the job is done, you can call you buddies over to celebrate. Trust me it’s a much better way to handle things than having to endure the deathly glare of your evil neighbor!