Monday, December 27, 2010


Be Careful What You Wish For

Well, when I fractured my heel, I realized I was going to need a better way to shovel out my driveway, which is 50 feet long and runs between two walls going from 5 feet high to 2 feet high.

So I ponied up $300 for a much more powerful snow thrower than I had before.

Having gotten my new toy, I wanted a chance to test it.

I should have known better.

The blizzard in the New York area was overkill by Mother Nature.

That's not my driveway but, after 3 hours of work, it is depressingly familiar looking.

Reminds me of the time in the 1970s when I got my first 4WD, an International Scout II. Six days later we had a howling blizzard. Over just one weekend I put 350 miles on it operating out of the local volunteer fire department, blasting through drifts evacuating people from outlying farms who were without power and hauling supplies out to those who still had power, never getting more than 5 miles from the village.
But at least you were in a warm truck cab. One bad thing about snow blowers is having to use them in heavy winds, like we had all day. After 5 minutes, all I needed was a top hat in order to play Frosty the Snowman.
You know, be careful using that blower. CDC says just being out in the cold puts a strain on your heart as you work to keep warm. And you're wrestling with a piece of machinery that you don't normally work with.
Just because you're not shoveling doesn't mean you're not straining.
be careful using that blower

Yeah, I try to be. I work for a while and go back in to warm up and rest. The 3 hours I put in on the driveway was stretched over a 5 1/2 hour period
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