This part of Texas, we don’t need shovel or blower for snow – just wait a couple of hours and it is all gone. In the meantime, enjoy if for a while, because it’d have been a few years since we last saw it. Maybe once every ten or fifteen years, snowfall will sit on the ground overnight.
Sorry (not sorry), Buffalo and Lake Erie.
@hchavers PANIC! Act like you’re going to be snowed in for months, even though everyone knows you won’t be. Make a mad rush to the grocery store and buy milk and bread. I don’t understand it, but that’s what most Iowans do.
@hchavers Yeah to all of the above but also make sure you drive over the speed limit about 6" from the bumper of the car in front of you. Then if you have to put on the breaks be sure to jam them on and then try to steer out of the slide/tail spin. Be sure to floor it from a dead stop occasionally too. Then while you are waiting for the tow truck you can build one of these with your bare hands Yeah that should about cover the entry in how to have a wreck driving in the snow keeping safe driving in the snow.
@ThatsHeadly@TheCO2 Sure it will. If you’re a hot looking woman in shorts and flip flops I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that enough macho men will show up out of nowhere to clear off the snow.
/giphy bikini snow
Depends, if it’s just a skiff of an inch or two, the EZ Plow snow shovel.
I highly recommend it, but it’s getting hard to find, and the price keeps going up. I suspect they don’t make it anymore, and they’re just working their way through their inventory. Brilliant design though.
For heavier stuff, the snowblower. I’ve got a corner lot with 5 foot wide sidewalks. And an absurdly crowned road at the end of the driveway, so there’s always a small lake as well as the snowplow mess to deal with.
@ahacksaw I bought an electric (AC) Ryobi “snow shovel” on black Friday on a whim. It was down to $50. I figured at that price it could be handy working around the cars, and other bits the big snowblower is too clumsy for.
The little thing is amazing, it was throwing snow on the roof on my first try, and when I aimed it away from the house, it was easily throwing it 50’!
December 8 - 6:00 PM
It started to snow.
The first snow of the season and the wife and I took our cocktails and sat for hours by the window watching the huge soft flakes drift down from heaven.
It looked like a Grandma Moses Print.
So romantic we felt like newlyweds again.
I love snow! December 9
We woke to a beautiful blanket of crystal white snow covering every inch of the landscape.
What a fantastic sight!
Can there be a lovelier place in the whole world?
Moving here was the best idea I’ve ever had!
Shoveled for the first time in years and felt like a boy again.
I did both our driveway and the sidewalks.
This afternoon the snowplow came along and covered up the sidewalks and closed in the driveway, so I got to shovel again.
What a perfect life! December 12
The sun has melted all our lovely snow.
Such a disappointment!
My neighbor tells me not to worry- we’ll definitely have a white Christmas.
No snow on Christmas would be awful!
John says we’ll have so much snow by the end of winter, that I’ll never want to see snow again
I don’t think that’s possible.
John is such a nice man, I’m glad he’s our neighbor. December 14
Snow, lovely snow! 8 inches last night.
The temperature dropped to -20.
The cold makes everything sparkle so.
The wind took my breath away, but I warmed up by shoveling the driveway and sidewalks.
This is the life!
The snowplow came back this afternoon and buried everything again.
I didn’t realize I would have to do quite this much shoveling, but I’ll certainly get back in shape this way.
I wish l wouldn’t huff and puff so. December 15
20 inches forecast.
Sold my van and bought a 4x4 Blazer.
Bought snow tires for the wife’s car and 2 extra shovels.
Stocked the freezer.
The wife wants a wood stove in case the electricity goes out.
I think that’s silly.
We aren’t in Alaska, after all. December 16
Ice storm this morning.
Fell on my ass on the ice in the driveway putting down salt.
Hurt like hell.
The wife laughed for an hour, which I think was very cruel. December 17
Still way below freezing.
Roads are too icy to go anywhere.
Electricity was off for 5 hours.
I had to pile the blankets on to stay warm.
Nothing to do but stare at the wife and try not to irritate her.
Guess I should’ve bought a wood stove, but won’t admit it to her.
God I hate it when she’s right.
I can’t believe I’m freezing to death in my own living room. December 20
Electricity’s back on, but had another 14 inches of the damn stuff last night.
Took all day.
The damn snowplow came by twice.
Tried to find a neighbor kid to shovel, but they said they’re too busy playing hockey.
I think they’re lying.
Called the only hardware store around to see about buying a snow blower and they’re out.
Might have another shipment in March.
I think they’re lying.
John says I have to shovel or the city will have it done and bill me.
I think he’s lying. December 22
John was right about a white Christmas because 13 more inches of the white sh-t fell today, and it’s so cold, it probably won’t melt till August.
Took me 45 minutes to get all dressed up to go out to shovel and then I had to go pee.
By the time I got undressed, went to the bathroom and dressed again, I was too tired to shovel.
Tried to hire John who has a plow on his truck for the rest of the winter, but he says he’s too busy. I think the a–hole is lying. December 23
Only 2 inches of snow today
And it warmed up to 0.
The wife wanted me to decorate the front of the house this morning.
What is she, nuts?!!
Why didn’t she tell me to do that a month ago?
She says she did but I think she’s lying. December 24
6 inches - Snow packed so hard by snowplow, l broke the shovel.
Thought I was having a heart attack.
If I ever catch the son of a b-tch who drives that snow plow, I’ll drag him through the snow and beat him to death with my broken shovel.
I know he hides around the corner and waits for me to finish shoveling and then he comes down the street at a 100 miles an hour and throws snow all over where I’ve just been!
Tonight the wife wanted me to sing Christmas carols with her and open our presents, but I was too busy watching for the damn snowplow. December 25
Merry freaking Christmas!
20 more inches of the damn slop tonight -Snowed in.
The idea of shoveling makes my blood boil.
God, I hate the snow!
Then the snowplow driver came by asking for a donation and I hit him over the head with my shovel.
The wife says I have a bad attitude.
I think she’s an idiot.
If I have to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” one more time, I’m going to stuff her into the microwave. December 26
Still snowed in.
Why the hell did I ever move here?
It was all HER idea.
She’s really getting on my nerves. December 27
Temperature dropped to -30 and the pipes froze; plumber came after 14 hours of waiting for him, he only charged me $1,400 to replace all my pipes. December 28
Warmed up to above -20.
Still snowed in.
My wife is driving me crazy!!! December 29
10 more inches.
John says I have to shovel the roof or it could cave in.
That’s the silliest thing I ever heard. How dumb does he think I am? December 30
Roof caved in.
I beat up the snow plow driver, and now he is suing me for a million dollars.
The wife went home to her mother.
Nine more inches predicted. December 31
I set fire to what’s left of the house.
No more shoveling. January 8
Feel so good.
I just love those little white pills they keep giving me.
Why am I tied to the bed?
@tinamarie1974 Thanks… I can well remember those days from our time in MN and WI. Now in AL… not so much. But if it does snow a couple of inches you can’t find a loaf of bread or peanut butter in the stores for days before it hits… wusses!
I only own a snow shovel but my elderly neighbors own a snow blower . Every snowstorm I claim I need to borrow their snowblower. Then clear both of our driveways. It allows me to force the elderly guy to not mess with snow removal while preserving his pride .
@blaineg@CaptAmehrican THAT is how you borrow something. I pretty much make it a point to return things I borrow in (hiiopefully) better shape than when I got them. Last time I borrowed a truck to haul something a short distance I filled it and cleaned it up before I returned it.
Last time I loaned out my 20yr old chainsaw (a Stihl) the guy that borrowed it had it tuned and sharpened before he gave it back. Needless to say, I would be happy to loan him anything else he might need…
So here is the thing in states where it snows most people can deal with snow and don’t get the largest snowblower available. In places like the DMV where snow happens irregularly and usually not in large quantities people buy massive two stage blowers for their 1 car driveway and it’s really funny because they pay more in maintenance from leaving gas in the carb then they ever get usage out of the thing.
@Limewater my experience in MD snow near college park has been limited to a max snow fall of about 4 inches at one time. I have heard there have been larger storms but not in the past two years. When that “blizzard” as my neighbor called it happened last year I put the car in 4wd and went to the grocery store. It was just me and two employees. In Michigan I would not shovel unless we had more than 6 inches of snow.
@bleedmichigan Yeah, there’s not generally a lot of justification for 4wd where you are now. That’s probably a big difference. Though I’m sure a lot of people in Detroit or Boston don’t have 4wd and manage…
@bleedmichigan@Limewater there was one year about 15 years ago we got about 30 inches of snow. I took out my cross country skis and skied down rt 29 to the beltway, stopped a few times to help stuck cars, and since it was empty and unplowed decided to ski on the beltway for 1 exit. The only people i saw during this stupid excursion were either the folks stuck i helped or the one dunkin donuts i stopped at for coffee and a donut. They had stayed open and every cop and plow driver around was there.
How would a person from Michigan handle this situation?
You then wash the car, especially the underside, the first day it is above freezing. As a side benefit you will then have ice on the driveway the following morning. Does help with the rust from salt situation though.