I got a new battery as the mower has been sitting in a shed for a few years. Turn key. Nothing, but Bro is great at fixing things. It didn't take long before he found a pulse and gave it CPR. Yippee! Of course there was more fiddling and issues, but some open heart massage eventually kicked it back to life. Thanks Korki and thanks Pete!
I was sent to the store with a shopping list where I definitely had an urge to stomp my foot at people with less pulse than the lawnmower. The man stared dimly at his female coworker who was doing nothing. "She's the one who knows how to look things up." Okay, I reined in my impatience and stared at the woman staring into space too. Eventually, a customer spoke to the woman and it became clear that she was helping him with something. He went off again, she went back to staring into space. More of my life ticked past as our triangle of passivity stretched my patience.
"Couldn't you get the air filter or something while we're waiting?" I asked. The man said that he didn't know which air filter to get. "It's the same as this one." (Which is in the bag I've already shown you and which remains open an inch from your hand.) He clearly had an internal struggle about taking this kind of initiative, but eventually got the air filter. I suggested he get the rest of the things on the list. He did, reluctantly, shuffling slowly, one item at a time, even though all of these items were in the same place.
The woman remained statuesque, not in any aesthetic sense, just in absolute immobility. Eventually, eventually, the other customer came back and she eventually, (did I say "eventually"?) completed the other customer's order and her opaque stare turned to me. I explained my need for a drive belt and showed the worn belt I'd brought with me.
"We need the mower information." I pointed at the info written at the bottom of the list. "We need the size of the mower deck." I explained that the belt wasn't for the mower blades, just to lower the deck, but since she insisted on needing the size I called Bro and got the info. She maintained she still needed the actual model number, but after a lot of insistence on my part, the man eventually shuffled off for a belt. I compared it to the worn belt. "They're not the same size." "Yes, they are!" Absolutely not. I held the two together to show there was about a foot difference. "Well, it's your fault for not having the model number. We don't know anything..." "Clearly!"
I didn't stomp my foot, but I wanted to. I took my stuff and wasted more of my life essence in the check out line where there were only 2 customers ahead of me, but it took another 15 minutes. I drove to another store to get the belt. The store is missing. After fruitlessly driving around, I discovered they moved the store. But of course, it was closed by the time I found it. I hate shopping.
Unrelated to any of this, for those of the praying type, please remember Sue in your prayers. She has health issues.