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Shovels In The Night

Looks like we’re having another break in the latest snow storm. Is this one “Neptune”? Good grief.

It snowed earlier, dropping maybe an inch on us mid-day, then stopped in the late afternoon. Started up again around 9pm, and wouldn’t you know it, I had tons of extra work on my weekend job so I got to drive home in it, almost a whiteout, just before 10pm. Had to stay 3 hours extra. Snow kept right on coming from then on. It’s now 2am and the condo association shovel brigade is outside scraping away. That means the snow has at least let up. What, you think they’d not work because people are sleeping? Heck no, there’s nearly half a thousand units here, so they’ve got plenty of work to do and no time to waste. Looks like we’ve had about 4 more inches since I got home, but the wind is kicking up enough to make the trees moan and it’s a balmy 14°F. Perfect snow weather. Maybe we’ll get some drifts. So I guess I’ll get a drink, check the news, balance the old fluid levels, and get back under the covers.

We’ve got a “snow parfait” outside, multiple layers of various kinds of frozen precip from the different storms we’ve had. Somewhere under there is a layer of soft fluff, a couple inches of powder we had a few weeks ago. It’s buried beneath at least 3 layers of ice and frozen sleet. That’s not the sidewalk level layer, but it is the one you can get a shovel blade into. Shoveling open an area that hasn’t been done regularly is more like levering up big sections of snow until they break into yard long chunks than it is like pushing the stuff aside with the snow shovel. And then you have to figure out not just how to maneuver this 60lb block of crust on your shovel, but where to even put it.

And things have been comparatively very easy here.

Thank God we don’t live in Boston. Those poor sods.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2015 at 02:03 AM   
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