Never Say Never Again

In our previous life, I held fast to a philosophy of never shoveling snow after March 1.

It just didn’t make sense.  Downstate, when it snows in March, it melts fast and is gone in a day or two.  And, to the best of my recollection I only had to compromise my rationalization a couple of times.

There was St. Patrick’s Day 1973 when more than a foot of snow fell overnight.  It was still snowing when I woke up that morning to the roar of a snow mobile in front of the duplex.  Not a normal street sounds inside the city limits where I lived.  It was a day before the street was plowed and it took me about that long to clear the driveway.

The other time was in the mid-nineties.  I don’t recall the exact depth, but the snow was piled high enough that my neighbor, a good fifteen years my senior, offered me the use of his snow blower.  “My cardiologist says every man over fifty ought to use a snow blower.” he told me, “Just bring it back when you’re done.”

I was only forty-eight at the time, but saw no advantage in putting too fine a point on the issue and accepted his offer.

Of course, things are different here north of the 45th parallel.  I know I must remove snow from the driveway in March.  But, it was difficult for me, on March 1, to consider removing snow from the roof of our home.  I balked at first, but in the end took into account the near record snow fall this winter; the lack of any mid-winter thaw that would have reduced the snow load on the roof; daily temperatures still hovering in the single digits and, of course, the always wise counsel of my wife.

So we hired a couple of guys for the job.

No, I did not attempt the task myself; I am well over fifty and know better. Plus, there was no way I could get my snow blower on the roof.  Here a few images of what the process looked like at both houses…


(And I don’t care what happens, I am not shoveling snow in April!)



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