Loving CraigsList

We all have the realization at some point in our lives that we are in a constant on-again-off-again torrid love affair with Craigslist. Sometimes, you just need to sit down and have a little quality time with Craig and his list–whether you’re looking for housing, jobs, sex in the library, or a new dresser. Today I intended to find some quality volunteer work to fill a vague hole of meaning in my life, but instead I found this post:

Hello,
I’m a grad student at American University (Washington DC) making a film about lawn care in America.

I would like to get some shots of homeowners mowing, applying fertilizer, pesticides, mulch, ya know, just general lawn care. I don’t want to seem too intrusive but would like some close-up shots of spraying, seeding, etc.

Would you be willing to let me film you? If you prefer, you would remain strictly anonymous in the film so there is no need to worry about privacy matters. I probably would be with you for thirty minutes and wouldn’t interrupt your work too much.

If you’re willing, I would like to ask you some questions as well on camera and can give you the questions in advance so you know what to expect. If you don’t want to be asked any questions, no problem.

That’s about as far as the story goes. I don’t have a lawn, so he can’t film me tending to it, but I felt an affinity for this AU grad student and fellow obsessor over all things lawn-related (warning: shameless self-promotion).  Perhaps I will contact him about being an on-camera expert. Then again, that part of my life is languishing in the period when I actually used my brain on a daily basis.

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