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Digging out

Nothing like a good hour of steady physical exertion to make you feel like you've accomplished something with your day.

I have now dug my car out of the snow. Of course, since the landlord's sons haven't plowed the driveway yet, I'm just as snowed in as I was at 1:30 when I went outside. However, I have at least completed my part of it. I feel a little guilty about not digging out Lucy, the woman in her 60s who lives in the basement apartment. However, all the men who live around this building are in considerably better shape than I am, and I'm sure one of them will get to it eventually. The problem is that growing up in Massachusetts taught me something about shoveling snow: once I stop and go in, I will never go back to it. So I learned to just keep going until it's all finished. The thing is, it isn't all finished - just the part I'm responsible for. And I'm not very good at relying on others, partly because I've been let down so many times. I'm back inside and working on letting it go, though. Besides, I need lunch.

I'm very pleased that I thought to buy a snow shovel Friday evening, though. My first winter here, daernhelm and I didn't have a shovel, and I remember trying to dig out using an old Tupperware container. This year, like last year, the landlord left out snow shovels we could use. It was still nice to have my own, though.

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ourika
Jan. 23rd, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
At least you thought to use tupperware. I was using some cardboard till my neighbor across the street (someone you've met) offered a shovel when I lived in a snowy state. I wish I'd thought of tupperware, it probably would have worked better than cardboard...
collacentaur
Jan. 23rd, 2005 12:06 pm (UTC)
Depends on the relative size of the Tupperware and the cardboard, I think... snow shoveling is one of the things where size does matter.
ourika
Jan. 23rd, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
*grumbles* Muscle size. After the last big snow I shoveled before moving here, it took me days to recouperate, and I had a shovel to use.
swimpaddlz
Jan. 23rd, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
**grin** I just finally finished shovelling out my car, my house, my 90 year old neighbor's house, part of a neighbor's car (snow from my car fell under its wheels), an 80+ year old neighbor's driveway, and the home of a neighbor who flees to Florida in winter. I hurt. Now I deserve much hot cocoa. With much whipped cream!
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