I have learned to avoid this problem by putting my car in the front yard. This way I am guaranteed a run for the road. The Buick has never failed to push right through that little wall. I back up the length of the car, floorboard it, then fly into the street…kind of a rush. We might do a little swerving, but we get out.
This sounds fun(ny) - wish I could be there to watch that!
Wynn, for some people it is not a small price, especially my neighbors with a history of heart problems and high blood pressure, or who are just getting too old to do much, and shoveling snow is very strenuous for them. I’m not quite in that bad of shape yet, but this isn’t getting any easier as I get older. I don’t know how much you got, but I had a 3-foot high mound of large, heavy ice chunks, many of which were too big for me to move with my shovel. At first, I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to get out until it all melted, or I got someone to help me clear it. I finally decided to get my garden hoe out and see if I could break it up some, and that worked, but it was a good hour later before I was able to get out again. Fortunately, I only missed an appointment. That would have been a really bad time to have an emergency.
Besides, what about cross walks and intersections, where young kids, handicapped and elderly would have difficulty climbing over one of those mounds. Doesn’t that pose a safety threat? The city expects us to go out and clear snow from their sidewalks for safety considerations, but then they go and dump it back wherever it suites them.
Another consideration I see, since traffic had already been moving up and down the street with no difficulty since noon, I’m not sure we even really needed snow removal, at least not badly enough to “pay the price”. Maybe in some cases, they could just throw down snow melt and be done with it? Just a thought.
Larry, I’m well aware of the politics. And you’re right. I just can’t help but wonder if there’s a cheap and easy solution if we would just put our heads together and start barfing out some ideas. (a.k.a. “brainstorming”) We’ve always assumed this is how it has to be because the people doing the work told us so. They have no incentive to find a better way. Maybe some of us do, and it’s incumbent on us to come up with a better idea.
Anyway, in the mean time, if everyone just blows this off again as usual, I’ve at least found something I can try that might help a little. It’s pretty clever. Looks like I’m going to get a chance to try it on Monday, and in the mean time, frantically lifting weights and running up and down the stairs to get in better shape for more shoveling! :-P