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Random Acts Of Plowing By Jim “Snow” Lein

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or many years, I relied on the sun for snow removal. But a shaded, icy bend in my driveway can challenge even the most surefooted vehicle. Pre-snowplow, each time a storm rolled through I’d peer out the window, steaming cup of cocoa in hand, and frown with concern as I watched my wife scrape and shovel the curve down to the pavement. Then a friend offered me a sweet deal on his red Honda ATV with a shiny, yellow plow. I hesitated until my wife bopped me on the head with a battle-scarred shovel. I awoke one December Saturday to a foot of powder blanketing the driveway. The garage door rattled open. The Honda growled to life and dropped its blade. I had no training—not even Snow Plowing for Dummies. And plowing dry practice runs in the fall might have made my neighbors wonder if I had finally lost it. So I just mimicked the county plow drivers. I have a master’s degree. How hard could it be? On that first pass, bone-dry snow blew past my goggles like face shots on a Vail powder day. The hungry Honda made short work

of the driveway and I surveyed the landscape for bigger challenges. Since plowing was so fun why not randomly knock off a few more driveways? Store up some goodwill for the next time I tick somebody off by leaving my garbage cans out three days after pickup. My neighbor, Paul, was chugging along with his temperamental snow blower. I’d snitched firewood from his stack once—maybe twice. I swerved around him, pirouetting in front of the garage, and cleared his driveway in a dozen passes. Thanks for the firewood. I made short work of the long and rutted lane of Rolf and Sondra, elderly neighbors. No one was home to witness my labor. My reward will be in heaven. Next, I cleared the short, flat driveway of John, an overseas airline pilot. He emerged from the house brandishing a bottle of wine like a waiter at a fine restaurant. “This is my favorite Israeli vintage,” he said. I accepted the gift to make John feel good. Yet another selfless act. And so on, and so on. That evening, I lounged before a crackling stack of Paul’s pine, sipping a fine Israeli wine—the model man of the house and beloved neighborhood Good Samaritan. I toasted myself, flames shimmering through burgundy-tinted liquid. The phone rang. “Jeem!” Rolf cried in heavily accented English. “Sondra and I are so grateful. She is terrified of being

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snowed in because she has a condition, you know.” No problem. The next weekend a ferocious storm dropped four feet of heavy snow. Whistling merrily, I mounted the ATV—unaware that some hard lessons in plowing lurked outside the door. Lesson One: ATVs cannot push four feet of snow uphill. Six feet from the garage the wheels churned desperately. Paul and his finicky snow blower crept toward my garage, clearing an escape route for my Honda. Coincidentally, the route led right up to his garage, so of course I cleared his driveway first. My cell phone rang. “Jeem!” Rolf exclaimed. “What is your plan? Sondra has a condition, you know!” I did not have a plan or a clue. Lesson Two: Always push the snow as far off the driveway as possible. Rolf ’s driveway was like an icy Winter Olympics luge course. My plow blade bucked off the walls of snow hardened like concrete since my plowing debut. I had to push each load hundreds of feet down Rolf ’s driveway and dump it on the main road. Lesson Three: Keep your jacket hood down to avoid becoming the hood ornament of a passing county plow as you plunge blindly onto the road. Lesson Four: Memorize in the off-season any decorative landscaping near driveways you intend to randomly plow. Sorry about the lawn gnome, John.

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It snowed hard as darkness fell. I stuffed iPod earbuds under my fauxrabbit-fur flaps to temper the mindnumbing tedium and laced my cocoa with just a nip of schnapps. I didn’t want to get busted for PWI—Plowing While Intoxicated. Carpal-tunnel-like spasms twisted my hand, worn out from hours of shifting between forward and reverse. Falling snow melted on my gaudy hat and trickled down the back of my spine as a precursor to hypothermia. Hours after dark, I limped on fumes down that first solitary path Paul had cut through my own snow-clogged driveway. Mother Nature delivered four consecutive weekend storms that December. By New Year’s, my driveway was a miniature relief of the Grand Canyon, towering ramparts of granite-like snow. Unsuspecting visitors plugged their vehicles between the canyon walls as they attempted a turnaround. Legend has it that Eskimos have as many as four hundred words for “snow.” I’ve added a few more colorful adjectives to the vocabulary. My strategy now is “Considerate” Acts of Plowing. But I always get to Rolf ’s driveway, eventually. Sondra has a condition, you know.


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