The plow came through our Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood last night.
I call that good news and bad news.
Yes, we live at the foot of a rather sharp grade for an urban setting — remember my Syracuse half-marathon photos of runners careening down past our house the past two winters? — so that blade work cuts down the chances of vehicles imitating the Ice Capades into parked cars as they attempt to navigate the slope. Put that in the plus column.
Yet through experience, my dear wife Karen and myself take a left out of and right into our driveway any time there’s snow on our street, so this doesn’t affect our driving a bit.
Speaking of the snow plow, our driveway and my dear wife Karen …
Here’s the task that stared me down this morning to free the new Mazda for Karen to make the short journey into work.
I immediately put this into the minus column, figuratively folded the sheet of paper, jammed it in my pocket, cussed out of the side of mouth, pulled my hat down an inch lower, and dug in.
A half-hour later, the bottom of the driveway was cleared.
I was proud of what this guy can still accomplish with one ergonomically correct push shovel and a new, extra-long car brush/scraper combo.
And, yes, as Wednesday wound down, I guess that was a Nor’easter that blew through Central New York. Wayne Mahar told me he had 11 inches fallen on the weather deck out back of the studio a couple blocks up from our house on the late local news last night, with more expected before the morning commute. In the hills around Syracuse, some folks got two feet.
A bit more is expect today as this one plays itself out.
Winter’s here even though we’ve got a bit more than a week to wait officially on the calendar. Don’t laugh at us Buffalo. We’re still amazed at your November six-footer delivered by Lake Erie. And we’re aware that it can happen any time rolling off Lake Ontario here.
Here’s the link for the first year I was amazed at the sight of the line of runners streaming down our hill.
Here’s the link for an amazing photo of Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle watching the runners from our living room window.
Here’s the link from my post about this year’s race past our house. I posted 11 pictures capturing the contrast of the snow and the striking blue sky.
How high have you piled snow banks around your driveway? Where do you throw the snow when the banks get too high? If you had a one-car-wide driveway like we do here, would you still consider buying a snowblower, and if you own one, try to convince me.