I think he's pretty blessed, having scored home ownership and his dream job at his alma mater just before turning 31! And he loves his lawn mower - yes people, that is self-propulsion at its finest! I actually love this mower too - it gives you a great workout, and it ends up being rather relaxing without the blast of the motor disturbing the peace. Maybe strict HOAs will start requiring these to curb pesky noise pollution?
I love our little yard - it's just .24 of an acre, but the backyard is completely private thanks to our huge juniper trees. We've already planned next year's garden and I'm drying seeds in preparation!