Alvin Straight Goes To Sea (Maybe?)

Did any of you see the wonderful movie “The Straight Story” starring Richard Farnsworth? Directed by director David Lynch who did such oddball productions as “Blue Velvet” and “Twin Peaks” presented the touching and straight-forward account of how Alvin Straight who, hearing about his estranged brother suffering a stroke decides to visit him and make amends. But Alvin’s legs and eyes are too impaired for him to receive a driving license, he hitches a trailer to his recently purchased thirty year-old John Deere Lawn tractor and sets off on the 240-mile journey from Laurens, Iowa to Mount Zion, Wisconsin.

Well, John Hinton, of Washington state decided to take HIS lawnmower to sea.<br /><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Inventor creates unique amphibious vehicle</a> <i>por <a href=”; target=”_blank”>itnquirky</a></i>


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2 responses to “Alvin Straight Goes To Sea (Maybe?)

  1. Uh….. Well. Ok, then!

    Isn’t it wonderful what people will do? Thoughts that start, “I wonder what would happen if…” or, “I wonder if I could….” can lead to some pretty interesting things!
    Thanks for the early morning grin!

    Necessity, it is said, is the “mother of invention” but I’m still trying to figure out why anyone NEEDS to have a boat/riding lawnmower combo.

  2. Don’t forget the corollary. “Invention is the Mother of Necessity”.

    See: iPhone, TiVo, TomTom, Wii, and every $19.95 late-night gadget known to man.

    Exception: Cappucino and Espresso machines. 😉