Just think...The night of the green cart

<I>VICTORIA STOPPIELLO photo</I><BR>Maybe couples should have to prove they can cooperate on tasks like assembling this garden cart before embarking on married life.

Starting at 7:30 one evening, we began assembling a garden cart - the kind with a 30-inch by 42-inch wooden box, two big bicycle wheels, and a U-shaped handle for pushing or pulling. A cart like this is far more stable than a wheelbarrow and easier to push with heavy loads.

Thinking, "This should be easy," we plunged in after dinner and a run into town for a brief meeting. Well, we should have known. The directions appeared straightforward; by that I mean they were probably originally written in Chinese and then translated into English by someone in India. Only one of the figures illustrating the assembling process was mind-boggling. However, it turned out that the pre-drilled holes in the metal and plywood parts didn't always line up - that is, without a certain amount of acrobatics (more like contortions) and use of what my husband calls, "The Persuader," any of numerous hammers, mallets or mauls that live in our garage.

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