30 December 2008

Take This Snow and Shovel It!

Snow. Looks nice coming down and piling up all around - but what then? Personally, I can take it or leave it. Except that you can't really do either. Take it or leave it, that is. All you can do is push it to the side.

Every few years the subject of what to do about sidewalk snow comes up. In my neighborhood the answer is simple - shovel a path or blow it away. Nearly everyone around here follows through with that unwritten social contract - up to 4 or 6 or even 8 inches. After that, it's every aching back for himself.

And that's probably how it should be. I know I don't want any of my neighbors killing themselves to clear their sidewalk after a blizzard. If they can get their drive done that's good enough. The sidewalk can wait.

A little snow is a wonderful thing. A foot of snow - or two inches of ice! - is an act of God. And not one of those kindly acts, like a rainbow after a summer shower or the Jets making the playoffs.

Let common sense prevail. Make a reasonable effort to keep your sidewalk clear, but be careful out there.

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