In Memoriam: The Humble Shovel
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our friend, Shovel. Since the beginning of time, Shovel has helped move earth and rocks around the world. From the days of the step pyramids through the trench warfare days of the world wars, Shovel has been by our side ready to assist.
Whether needed for planting trees or defending one’s honor in a backyard skirmish, we have always relied on Shovel to have our back. Unfortunately, Shovel did just that, it had our backs. Over the years our spines began to ache with the tedious day after day monotony of slowly making our way through a trench. Shoulders and knees began to moan and creak. Our hands blistered and bled at the end of every long arduous day spent chipping away at the hard ground beneath us.
Sure, Shovel was there to help and help it did whenever we needed to stop and lean for a bit. It wasn’t all bad times with Shovel. Remember that one winter when we used Shovel to sled down that huge hill by the old factory? And the next day when the snowball fight broke out and Shovel shielded us from those massive boulders of snow and ice.
Shovel had a great run, many years and many fields turned. We will all think fondly of the last time we used Shovel to prop open the shed door or flick the dog poop into the neighbor’s yard. All those miles of drip irrigation line where the Dingo couldn’t go. Roll after roll of low voltage lighting laid out in existing landscaping where Groundhog couldn’t turn. In the wet, soggy backyard where the DitchWitch had to stop at the gate. For all those times, Shovel was ready to dive into action.
Shovel was the last surviving member of the hand digging clan. His brothers Spade and Pick, passed on recently after a particularly harsh run of Carolina clay. His sister, Hoe, went missing over the neighbor’s fence after being caught underfoot. It might seem that your trenching world is over … but fear not!
There is hope for your landscape lighting, irrigation and invisible fencing projects. Shovel may be gone but we uncovered his official will. In that document, Shovel names one heir to his trenching empire. A protégé who spent the last couple of years training for this moment.
And so it is, that I announce Shovel’s new champion for the world of landscaping … GEORIPPER®!!!
The GeoRipper® minitrencher is a commercial handheld trencher. Not only can it dig to depths of 27” but it can do so leaving a trench only 1 ½” wide or up to 2 ⅜ ”. Perfect for low voltage lighting, drip irrigation and sprinkler installs just to start. I think I speak for Shovel when I say this is going to be, “Trenching Made Easy.”
Please stop by GeoRipper’s booth 23098 for a brief memorial. In lieu of flowers purchase a GeoRipper. Mention this obituary and a receive a kazoo to bid a fond farewell.