The snow is evil

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    • #10524
      David the Gnome
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      Woke up yesterday morning (at my girlfriend’s place, basically 1000 yards or so from the Canadian border) and the driveway was buried, especially at the end.  I’ve got an old 2008 Ford focus that wont drive through a giant pile of snow.

      So I put on my coat, gloves and hat, stuck some earbuds in my music player – and got to work.  An hour later, it was done.  Around noon, had to do it again.  By this point I was tired and sore – but at around 7:30 we got another pile that dwarfed the first two.

      So, back out and at it… was stubborn.  The snowbanks are getting too high to keep throwing snow over, but I muscled my way through it (with my gnome muscles) and then got the rest of the driveway.  Hour and a half job…. heavy ice and snow from the plow, almost too much.

      Came back in, dazed, teeth chattering, beard all covered with ice.  Needed 40 minutes in the shower just to get feeling back in my hands and feet.

      Sore as hell, woke up around 6 to go start my car so I could take my girlfriend to work… another truly giant pile of ice and snow at the end of the driveway.  Good lord, where did they find more?

      No way my car was getting through in time, so she walked the quarter mile or so to work.  Now, debating whether I want to tackle this new pile.  I probably shouldnt, but…

      Damn evil white s h I t.

    • #10527
      elias39
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      Feckin snow is mean. Almost as mean as the plow drivers!!

      • #10583
        David the Gnome
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        When I was a boy, nor’Easters like we had yesterday were more common.  In 07, here in Maine we broke every snowfall record in our history.  That was a long winter, seemed like it would never end.

        Winters in the northern part of the Country are not for the faint of heart.  The more rural you are, the harder it generally is.

        I think I might buy one if those cheap electric snow blowers at some point.  When I was 17 I could shovel all night and be okay in the morning.  Now… I make what my girlfriend calls my “old man noises” just sitting down and getting back up.

    • #10580
      David the Gnome
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      Turns out there are still good samaritans to be found.  I had gotten dressed up, gone out to (severely hurt myself with the) shovel, was just starting.  A young man (I say young – probably 40 or so, older than me) in his plow stopped at the end of the driveway.

      “Do ya need some help?”  Yes!  Thank you very much!  He pushed enough away that it took me ten minutes, instead of an hour and a half, to finish up.

      “Hope that helped!” He called out, as he drove off.  Dont know what his name was – and had no cash on hand to tip him… but, thanks dude.

      Some times, just when I feel at the end of my rope, someone comes along and reminds me… we humans, silly as we are, are worth saving.  Worth believing in.  Nothing gives me more faith than simple acts of kindness.

      Now, maybe theres a lot of bad things going on right now – but here is a reminder that there are good things too – for which my aching back, arms, legs and shoulders are extremely grateful.

    • #10581
      Land of Enchantment
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      The temps have not been above 30 ever since with lows to ten below….It’s a pain in the butt to move it all but we discovered it’s easier in the long run to try to keep up with the new stuff-especially if your vehicle is low to the ground. And–heating pads work wonders on sore backs…good luck with everything and stay safe on the roads.  :bye:

      “Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart.” ~ Emily Dickinson

    • #10601
      Charles
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      • #10603
        David the Gnome
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        It was definitely very different in a lot of ways – but winter sucked there, too.

        Lots of wide open plains – was used to seeing pine trees everywhere.  Then there was the lunch meat factory in the City… Morells or something like that.  On a hot day… the smell…

        Paper mills up here get nasty, too.  Still, was my first time living in any kind of real city… definitely interesting.

    • #10604
      jwirr
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      I have been stuck in the house for four days now as the glare ice is covering everything. Canceled wheels on meals so that the volunteers do not fall on the ice. And the weather is showing no better solution to the problem.

      jwirr

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