Monday, February 27, 2006


"Yo, lemme snip snap dat rug. Trim dat turf. Pet dat monkey. Smooth. Straight up. Bark Tripod."

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man


"I love the Universe. I love the World. I love America. I love Government. I love Freedom. I love Innovation. I love Yard Safety."

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Hip Replacement

My right hip is developing a chronic ache. It has been 2 1/2 years since my lawn mower accident that resulted in the partial amputation of my left foot. Despite wearing orthotics and custom-made shoes, my gait has been altered to the point of impacting other body parts, including my right (opposite) hip. My right hip is now doing more work during my walking process. Consequently, my right hip is breaking down. This is just another chapter to my lawn mower accident experience. I most likely will require a hip replacement within the next five to ten years. If I did not have the lawn mower accident, there would be (most likely) no need for a hip replacement. Think before you cut. It can hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Wednesday, February 22, 2006


Great Falls, Virginia (PRWEB) February 22, 2006 -– Richard Mudrinich, Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™, seeks to establish Yard Safety Awareness Day™. “I recognize that the grass grows and the snow falls year-round all over the world. There is always a grass cut and snow removal season somewhere in the world. Therefore, I want to designate the first day of each season as Yard Safety Awareness Day™. For instance, the First Day of Spring 2006 will kick-off the first Yard Safety Awareness Day™,” shares Rescue Rick™.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a caped crusader and yard safety super hero working tirelessly to prevent lawn mower accidents and to promote yard safety. “I am the first yard safety super hero in the history of the world. I want to rescue people and animals from getting hurt due to a yard accident. I want to find a cure for yard accidents through research and to create awareness through education and entertainment. I seek to collaborate with various organizations to promote yard safety awareness,” shares Rescue Rick™.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is a renaissance yardman, utilizing various art forms to communicate his safety message. “I want to educate and entertain the general public regarding the importance of yard safety. Lawn mower accidents happen in a split-second, often resulting in life-altering outcomes that sometimes include amputation. I learned this from first-hand experience when I amputated part of my left foot while cutting the grass,” shares Rescue Rick™. “Wear a Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man T-shirt™ to pass along the yard safety message so that people and animals do not get hurt. Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ is here today so that yard accidents go away.”

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man™ wants to create awareness regarding the frequency and severity of lawn mower accidents and to promote preventive measures to rescue individuals and families from the dreaded experience associated with yard accidents. Each year, there are about 100,000 lawn mower accidents. Furthermore, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that hospital emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yardwork accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. According to Rescue Rick™, "Think before you cut. It hurts. I encourage you to heed the outdoor power equipment safety precautions and to promote grass cut safety!"

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Monday, February 20, 2006

Presidents' Day

Presidents' Day is the third Monday in February! This holiday was created to celebrate the deeds of two legendary American Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

I am spending the day reading more about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and all the other Presidents of the United States of America. It is really fascinating to read of the lives and accomplishments of these great leaders. It takes a special person to become the President. I am intrigued by government and politics.

Democracy promotes freedom. Feedom promotes innovation. Innovation leads to finding ways to improve the lives of people. I would be thrilled to collaborate with all living American Presidents toward improving yard safety so that the 400,000 yard accidents each year (as reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) are eliminated. In America, I realize that anything can happen. Right now, I am dreaming of an American Dream. In the future, I hope to meet President Bush (43), President Clinton (42), President Bush (41), President Carter (39), and President Ford (38). I would like to ask them for their assistance in promoting yard safety awareness. I have a dream. I have a vision to rescue people and to eliminate yard accidents.

Since yard safety awareness is a global issue, I want to extend my passion for yard safety beyond America and to collaborate with leaders around the globe. Eventually, I would like to ride a lawn mower completely around the world.

The American Dream Lives. Celebrate Presidents' Day.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Sabbath Day

The Ten Commandments - Exodus 20:3-17

Commandment FOUR:

REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, TO KEEP IT HOLY. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Keep it Holy. It may even lead to a decrease in yard accidents and an increase in yard safety awareness - one less day each week of possibly getting hurt.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man


I am writing the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Monologue - a play to promote yard safety awareness.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Personal Protective Equipment

Many parts of America are covered with snow. Nonetheless, the first day of Spring will occur next month. Incidentally, I have suggested that the first day of Spring be known as Yard Safety Awareness Day. In preparation, I offer the following guidelines with regards to Personal Protective Equipment. I suggest that it is not too early to get ready for a safe year of yard work.

Personal Protective Equipment

Wear sturdy closed-toe safety protective shoes with slip-proof soles (never mow in your bare feet, sandals or sneakers).
Wear close-fitting clothing (long pants) - no capes.
Wear gloves.
Wear protective safety eyeglasses.
Wear hearing protection.
Wear a respirator.
Wear a helmet with face shield.

Prepare for yard safety by wearing your Personal Protective Equipment. Think before you cut. It hurts. Be Safe.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Friday, February 17, 2006


Reflexology is a form of ancient Chinese medicine involving treatment by massage of reflex areas in the feet. Every part of the feet corresponds to a part of the body with the left foot representing the left side of the body and the right foot, the right side. An imaginary line halfway down the foot corresponds to the waistline, with organs in the upper part of the body having their reflex areas in the upper part of the foot and the organs in the lower part of the body, in the lower part. Thus, the reflexes of the feet are arranged to form a map of the body.

I amputated my left big toe due to a severe lawnmower accident. The reflexology map of the foot illustrates that the big toe, for example, is considered a reflex area for the head. I lost my left big toe. Some people think that I might have lost my mind because of my obessive compulsive drive to create yard safety awareness. I might have lost part of my mind. Actually, for a few months after my big toe amputation, there was sometimes a disconnect with my ability to think - including my memory. Nonetheless, I have not lost my will to find a cure for yard accidents and to create awareness so that other individuals and families do not have to endure such a traumatic experience.

I will continue to monitor the mind-body connection between my left big toe stump site and my left brain. Also, I will check to see if my right brain has advanced since my right big toe is now compensating for the lack of my left big toe. Indeed, I am fascinated by this ironic phenomenon between the big toe (lack of big toe) and the brain.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Wednesday, February 15, 2006


Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) has developed an innovative freestyle dance, called the Rescue Rick Dance (tm). The modern dance tells the Rescue Rick (sm) yard accident story and presents a few yard safety tips. Likewise, Rescue Rick (sm) has choreographed a buzzing community dance called the Rescue Rick Buzz Cut Boogie (tm) to cut a rug in dance clubs. It is fun and simple to do, yet creates the yard safety awareness in a memorable and interactive manner. In addition, Rescue Rick (sm) wants to communicate the yard safety awareness message via other dance styles, such as ballet, jazz, tap, etc. Dance. Dance. Dance.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day

"Yard safety awareness is unconditional love."

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

President & First Lady Bush

"I would like to visit the White House and meet President & First Lady Bush. I would like to share my yard safety awareness advocacy."

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Sunday, February 12, 2006

The Blues

It has been a sluggish day in the DC region, especially after about a foot of snowfall has resulted in a slowdown of activity. With so much white outside, I have the blues inside. Actually, I have the grass cut blues. My mom has the cancer. My dad died a decade ago. I am underemployed (yet very grateful). I cannot make enough money to payoff my debts, let alone the student loans that put me into debt in the first place. I dread another lonely Valentine's Day. My crippled dog got hit and killed by a car. My cat got hit by a car. My bird froze to death on the back porch when I was twelve, despite a valiant attempt of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. My dog that everyone hated except me died. My foot feels blue - sometimes is really blue. I have been a homeless lawn mower amputee. I live in a rooming-house, filled with pleasantries and the blues of yesteryear. My reputation is black and blue. Someone took my nickel. My overall life is blue - the Rescue Rick Blue Period. Nonetheless, I still believe in the Red, White, and Blue.

America is the home to some legendary blues musicians. I put on a blue sweatshirt and blue jeans, and I went to The Barns at Wolf Trap (part of the first national park for the performing arts) this evening. I was entertained tonight by Rory Block - a modern-day acoustic blues artist and multiple winner of the W.C. Handy Award. I learned of Rory Block through my best friend while I lived in New York City. I listened to 90-minutes of blues this evening. It was a very nice performance with a broad range of styles and messages. I am now inspired to write the grass cut blues, yet another artform to communicate the yard safety awareness message of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man - yard safety superhero. Indeed, I signed a few autographs after the show in blue ink as well.

There is Kentucky Bluegrass. Also, I introduce the Rescue Rick Grass Cut Blues (tm) . Think before you cut. It hurts. Some people are black, brown, red, white, yellow, and shades in between. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that hospital emergency rooms treat more than 400,000 outdoor garden-tool-related accidents each year. Estimates from past statistics indicate that yardwork accidents fatally injure more than 3,000 people. Today, I am blue.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Snow Throwers

The Greater Washington, D.C. region experienced a blizzard yesterday and last night with 6-12 inches of snowfall. Actually, most of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast got dumped on by this noreaster. I anticipate that several million households and businesses will require snow removal from their properties - be careful.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) provides the following snow thrower safety tips with the goal of preventing any accidents.

Snow Throwers Safety Tips

Read the snow thrower equipment owner's manual thoroughly and understand all recommended operating and safety procedures before turning on the snow thrower.
Clear the intended snow removal area of potential flying objects, such as stones or toys, before you begin throwing snow; loose objects can project out of the snow thrower and hit nearby people and objects. Be aware of objects hidden under the snow.
Never smoke when filling the gas tank. Avoid gasoline spills (be good to Mother Nature.)
Never put your hands in the snow thrower chute for any reason. When the snow is wet, the snow thrower chute may become clogged. When this happens, turn off the snow thrower engine and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop. Then, with a cleanout tool, clear the chute. If repair is needed, be sure to turn the engine off first and wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop.
Never allow children to operate the equipment. Keep children indoors and under supervision.
Never throw snow toward people or cars.
Never allow anyone in front of the equipment.
Keep the snow thrower in good working order. Maintenance. Maintenance. Maintenance.
Wear appropriate reflective clothing and footwear for the weather and activity. Avoid wearing loose fitting clothing. Wear safety glasses to protect eyes from thrown ice, stones, and other projectiles. Keep your hair away from the snow thrower.
Never disable safety features on the snow thrower equipment. Please refer to the snow thrower owner's manual for details.

Keep the snow white. Red snow is not a sign of safe snow. Keep it safe.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Washington Home & Garden Show

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) attended the 46th Annual Washington Home & Garden Show 2006 held at the Washington Convention Center. It was a magnificient show with a diverse representation of several exhibitors. Needless to say, I presented my yard safety awareness leaflet to some of the exhibitors who thought the concept of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man was a creative and neat approach at generating more yard safety awareness. I am grateful for those individuals who visit the Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man website and BLOG. PLEASE PASS IT ALONG!

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Foot Hurts

My left foot really hurts. My right hip aches. My right knee feels strained. I hope that I will not need a hip replacement in the near future. I have developed these symptoms because I had a severe lawnmower accident that resulted in the partial amputation of my left foot. I realize that it could be much worse. Thus, I want to promote yard safety awareness. Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Return to NYC

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man (sm) returned to New York City for the past few days. I wanted to try to leverage the magical media that the Big Apple can offer. For instance, I wore a Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man Sweatshirt (tm) and walked well over 100 blocks throughout the Upper West Side, Midtown, the Fashion District, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, Union Square, Murray Hill, and Times Square, to name a few. I was hoping to see my friend the Naked Cowboy (no connection to Brokeback Mountain) at his frequent spot in Times Square; I believe that he has moved to California. He sends me an encouraging and supportive postcard periodically. I passed out several more yard safety awareness leaflets on this trip. I recalled some wonderful memories of living in New York City during my stay, along with a few nightmares including September 11th. Also, my New York City experience was full of challenges as well. Nonetheless, it is great to be back in the Washington, D.C. region - in my opinion the epicenter of public service. I am trying to make a difference and rescue individuals from getting hurt while working or playing in the yard.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Monday, February 06, 2006

Rolling Stones

I have heard some mixed reviews of the Rolling Stones performance at Super Bowl XL. I think that they are amazing. I would be thrilled to sing the lyrics of The Rescue Rick Opera along side the Rolling Stones, promoting yard safety awareness. Actually, I think that the National Yard Safety Awareness Day would be an ideal time to make it happen.

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XL tonight (Sunday, February 5th). It was a very competitive game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks played at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Indeed, it was an Extra Large Super Bowl (XL). I congratulate the Steelers for winning their Fifth Super Bowl Championship - one for the thumb. Also, it appears that Jerome "The Bus" Bettis has stopped in Detroit, where his life and football career all got started. The Bus has gone all the way around the block - a round-tripper. Furthermore, I congratulate all of the Steelers for their phenomenal season and stellar play in the Super Bowl, including MVP Hines Ward. Also, it was great to see Mr. Rooney and Coach Cowher on the platform receive the Lombardi Trophy; I am very happy for them both - class acts.

If you are wondering, I have not become a sports writer. Although, I am now a champion as well. I am a champion for yard safety awareness. I was intrigued and fascinated with the Ford Field turf manicure; it was delicious. I cannot wait for the next NFL season. I hope that the NFL will invite Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man as the officical yard safety super hero of the NFL, making appearances at all NFL stadiums. For instance, I would be thrilled to push my toy lawn mower around Heinz Field next season to promote yard safety awareness. Again, I envision the establishment of Yard Safety Awareness Day on the closest Sunday to the first day of Fall, usually around September 21st - Birthday of Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers! Score Another Touchdown With Yard Safety Awareness! Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man

Super Bowl XL

I really enjoyed reading the World Magazine Blog story "Pittsburgh's Tasmanian Angel" (February 3rd) on the religious faith of Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew-up near Pittsburgh, and I have been a long-time Steelers fan. Actually, the Pittsburgh Steelers organization have exuded faith throughout the years, including the Rooney family, the Immaculate Reception, etc.

In general, Pittsburgh is a great faith-based city. I have gotten to know some wonderful people by participating in the Pittsburgh faith-based community, especially through my participation in The Pittsburgh Experiment and Pittsburgh Servant Leaders. Also, I had the pleasure of working-out at a fitness center in my hometown managed by Jon Kolb, former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and legendary NFL offensive lineman. Mr. Kolb is a humble Christian with a big heart and full of grace. Also, I met Dr. Marvin Olasky in Pittsburgh; he shared his amazing journey in faith. Indeed, Pittsburgh is a great faith-based city.

I live in the Greater Washington, D.C. region now. Actually, I live in a rooming-house partly due to financial damages incurred as the result of my severe lawn mower accident and various other bizarre twists of fate (not to be confused with my faith). Furthermore, there are several Pittsburgh Steelers fans in the DC region. Moreover, I have continued my faith-based journey with new people, yet still part of God's family.

I cannot wait for this Extra Large Super Bowl (Super Bowl XL). In particular, I cannot wait to savor the turf. I love fine turf at professional sports arenas. I am Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man, yard safety super hero and advocate for yard safety awareness.

I will now share another yard safety nursery rhyme.

Cut, Cut, Cut Your Grass
By Richard Mudrinich

Cut, cut, cut your grass
Safely in the yard.
Safely, safely, safely, safely
Safety is a guard.

Please follow yard safety measures. Think before you cut. It hurts. (tm)

I will now promote the City of Pittsburgh:




Rescue Rick the Grass Cut Man