by Anura Guruge
Woke up on Sunday, February 18, 2018, to much more snow than had been forecast for the supposedly ‘mainly Southern’ Winter Storm “Noah”.
There was about 6″ to 7″ on the ground and over a 1″ by the mailbox where the town plow piles it up.
So, around 10:05am Teischan and I set out to shovel. Devanee had parked her van at the top of the drive so that she could get out to work, at 7am, without having to shovel much …
So, here is what we did.
Yes, I wear a Fitbit Ionic on my wrist that tells me steps, floors etc., BUT trust me when I tell you that there is no sense of accomplishment to that of clearing a drive by hand and knowing that YOU did it. It is very satisfying. No, not as good as sex, but up there. So …
Click pictures to ENLARGE.
General lay of the land before we started shoveling.
20 minutes of shoveling.
1.5 HP — Human Power (HP), Teischan & I.
That was satisfying.
Clearing the mailbox. Much deeper snow.
Just 1 HP — Just I.
About 25 minutes, non-stop.
Dig, Pick-up, Throw. Great upper body exercise.
After the mailbox.
About 35-minutes of pushing snow with a snow-pusher.
Very satisfying to see what you have achieved. Not sure about others. But, my body feels good …
This is why I resist getting a snowblower. We have a cleaner drive than those with snowblowers and I do NOT have to breath in exhaust fumes or listen to the racket of the engine. Mine is all fresh, clean air and either the sound of silence or birds chirping.
I will continue to shovel by hand until I finally can’t. Doubt whether I will ever keel over shoveling. Heart and other muscles much too used to the tempo of shoveling.
by Anura Guruge