As I was recuperating in the kitchen from my earlier shoveling attempts yesterday, Cindy called me into the living room. She had heard a monster snow blower just start-up down the street and we both marveled through our window at how powerful it was. It was one of our neighbors, the one that has a penchant for the latest and greatest in yard care technology.
I scurried out of the house, hustled down to him, and popped the question — could I convince him to do our driveway as well?
Turns out he just bought this Cub Cadet 3X snow thrower a couple of days ago (I don’t know the exact model), was still smarting from the price tag, and welcomed donations to the cause. I gave him all the $20 bills I had. No, he didn’t ask for as much as I gave him, but it was much cheaper for me to pay him than to pay for all the doctor bills and physical therapy that were sure to come if I shoveled that much snow by myself. I also helped justify it to him by asking for two passes — one at the middle of the storm, and one after the snow had ended.
And we worked together. He was able to easily deal with the lighter amounts of snow that were closer to the house, and I helped break up the drifts that were twice this depth down at the end of our driveway. Took about 30 minutes, if that.
Thank you, sir!