King Konged

January 10, 2006

GorrillaBed

…before Christmas… after Christmas…

Christmas can be a tough time of year for an illustrator. In an effort NOT to work through the entire holiday season, I work like a maniac BEFORE the season starts, take the break off, and then work frantically to catch up AFTERWARDS. Interesting things can happen to art trapped in this time period.

One of my clients needed a picture of a gorilla sleeping in a bed. The top picture is the rough I sent in for approval before Christmas. During the holidays I saw King Kong. (that pretty much killed an entire afternoon) After returning home, I began the finish on this spot, but there seemed to be something missing now. What was it? Oh… my gorilla needed a girlfriend like King Kong had. So I added a dolly for my monkey.

Thanks to the holiday break I was able to add a missing element to this illustration.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I think you’re on to something here, Den. You should go see a movie before you finish each picture! … but I think you should stay away from that cowboy movie… not that there’s anything wrong with that….

Don Jones

Kong makes this King look like a twin.

Dennis Jones

…that reminds me… did either of you guys see a movie called “Straight Story”… about a guy that rides his lawn mower cross country?

Doug Jones

yeah… it was a real slooooow movie… but I liked it!

Doug Jones

are you doing a lawnmower illo now?

Dennis Jones

…no… but if I were I bet I would be able to add the missing element to the illustration…

Don Jones

If I recall he was going to see his brother.

Dennis Jones

….yes… it is a really slow movie about brothers riding mowers that kinda makes you feel good at the end… this should be the official movie of the Brother Jones web site…

Doug Jones

It would be more fitting if it was about slow brothers constantly destroying thier mowers…. We could relate to that.

Doug Jones

By the way… that’s a

cow

MOOOOOooooo….

Doug Jones

great gorilla pic, there.

Don Jones

Speaking or repaired mowers ironically… I just picked up the Sears CRAPSMAN last Saturday.. a hundred bucks worth of new parts and some air in the tires… she’s ready for a spring rock mulching party in the front yard. Still needs a new battery.

Dennis Jones

…I have two Sears riding mowers at this time… the old one that is REALLY torn up… and the new one that is only KINDA torn up…

Don Jones

That is REALLY KINDA funny. As we have cussed and discussed before, SEARS does do house calls. You may need a second mortgage but at least you can get the grass mowed a few more times.

Dennis Jones

I’m getting pretty tired of mowing down 3 acres of cow pasture every weekend… the only thing that has saved me is my Bose Noise Reduction Headphones…

Don Jones

You may want to try the Texas/Oklahoma remedy for mowing… grass fires. Simply torch it every other month. Also, may I suggest you use diesel fuel instead of gas. (You’ll hold on to your eyebrows.)

Dennis Jones

…burning can be enjoyable… last spring instead of pulling up and hauling off the dried out vines in the gourd patch we just burned em all off… a fun time was had by all…

Doug Jones

While you are burning off those old gourd vines, don’t forget to get your long hot dog sticks and make some toasted marshmallows and cowfish…. you can make a saMOOre BWA Haaaaa Haaaa………..

Dennis Jones

…I could invite the neighbors over for some as I accidentally burn down our neighborhood…

Don Jones

Nothing more enjoyable than a hot, scorchin’ S’mor marshmallow stringing across your chin as you watch the remaining embers of your torched home glow in the setting sun.

Dennis Jones

…didn’t this happen in Dougs neighborhood recently… I seem to remember one of his posts on this subject…

Don Jones

I believe Doug got away with that little bit of arson fun. Just kidding Doug… We all know you are a true-blooded Boy Scout. Scout’s honor. (or did you drop out of that?)

Doug Jones

I have advanced to the next level of scouting involving a recliner and juggling various remotes at the same time. Very demanding…. but a necessary skill for these modern times

Dennis Jones

I have one remote control that is supposed to be the king of all the other remote controls so that I dont have to juggle various remote controls… but I cant figure out how the king remote control works… so I too am mastering the fine art of juggling remotes…

Don Jones

I too have all those remotes to deal with: The T.V. remote; the DVD remote; the Sound System remote; the VHS remote… there is a remote possibility that one day I will get these figured out.

Don Jones

Did you ever get the Nick Jones podcast to download? Keeg checked and said it should be working.

Nick Jones Everybody

I can’t get it to work either…

Don Jones

Download that bad boy from iTunes. That should work.

Doug Jones

That was a pretty exciting game yesterday… but I could have written a better ending… Is there sackcloth and ashes around your house today?

gary locke

i have a cub cadette that i will put up against any lawn tractor in the arena of “no way on earth that thing will mow a lawn” category. Broken muffler adds to the effect once started.

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Mower Problems

April 26, 2007

MowerProblm

…what else can go wrong…

Mowing season began for me last Saturday. I got the big riding mower out, gassed it up, and took off. I had my headphones on and was really enjoying riding around in the yard… until the blades quit working on the mower. I jumped off the tractor, looked at the deck and quickly diagnosed exactly what the problem was… something was broken.

I had one of two options. I could call someone to come to my house and fix the mower. This option would cost $88.00 up front just for them to drive to my house and look at the mower plus whatever the cost of fixing the mower would be. The other option was to fix it myself. The second option wasn’t really an option, so I decided to bite the bullet and have someone come to my house and fix my stupid mower.

The guy came to my house, looked at my mower, and said, “I cant fix that.” I had broken a brace that was attached to the deck. He gave me one of two options. Option One, replace the entire deck for $1220.51 or, Option Two, replace just the deck shell and scavenge parts from the broken deck for $709.41. Then he said, “this is what I would do if I were you. Take the deck off, take it to a welding shop, have them beat that brace back into position, weld it and add more metal to it for better support. That will be a lot cheaper than this will be.”

I took the deck to a local welder. Two hours later I picked it up, brought it home, put it back on and mowed the rest of my yard. It worked perfectly. The cost of getting my mower fixed at the welding shop? Twenty dollars.

The Comments

Doug Jones

you win. My mower quit while mowing the front yard. Tried every trick I knew but it would not start again. Had to borrow a truck and take it to the shop. A new carburetor at $272 fixed it. ouch.

Don Jones

Reminds me of one of my earlier riders… A cheap Wal-Mart Murray mower to be exact. The blade housing was made of high quality aluminum foil. After bending the housing into the blades for the millionth time, I too took that bad boy in and had some STEEL welded to the front end. It not only mowed but it GRADED the yard as well. Goodbye mole holes! Hello fresh turned dirt.

Dennis Jones

…the best lawn mowing gear I ever got was a set of Bose noise reduction headphones…

JEFF

Best lawnmowing gear I ever got was a motivated wife..

Don Jones

Jeff… you’re a lucky man.

JEFF

No, just afraid,, she owns a chainsaw as well.

Doug Jones

so… with them headphones, can you listen to music while you mow and they block out the mower noise?

Dennis Jones

…yep… music, radio, no mower noise… put on your sunglasses and a hat and the riding mower turns into a little island paradise on a sea of green… I personally like to steer with one hand and sip a tropical drink with one of those little umbrellas in it with the other…