Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Shovel It, Sucker!

When your recycle bin greets you in the morning wearing a new white fluffy hat, and you spend twenty minutes digging just to get your car onto the deep snow-filled road …

… and when you really - and I mean really - don't fancy the office picnic table at lunchtime …

… it's time for the boys to get out the office snow shovels and head for the staff car park up top of the hill.
What a splendid lunch hour we had. Actually, I shovelled ninety percent of this lot, while Matt and Neil (being of the younger persuasion) threw snowballs, kicked snow all over one another, built snowmen on top of one another's cars and generally fell over a lot.
There is deep joy to be had from sticking a snow shovel in the snow at one end of the car park and then running full tilt to the other end, laughing like a loon. Work hasn't been so much fun in years.

And hey! When it came to home time, we all got our cars away without a problem. Yay!

11 comments:

Alifan said...

Glad you enjoyed it! I cleared some of my paths and then helped the 87 year old neighbours, with some of theirs, not sure it was fun though!
But very good feeling when it was done.
The road is full of compacted snow as the council cannot find us!!
Stay safe, I cannot get the car out so another day of sorting cupboards and housework!

dive said...

Stay indoors today. We've had more snow overnight so I'm off out to dig my car onto the road again.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

WOW! You guys are getting slammed, huh? Is this unusual? I don't recall quite so many snow posts in your earlier Planet years.

savannah said...

*Note to self: do not complain about the weather on the plantation*

How bad does it have to be to get a snow day off from work? xoxoxoxo

dive said...

Katherine, in the fell winter of '63, when I was but a nipper, we had six feet of the stuff and trains got buried. Just lately, however, it's not been too bad. This last week (and the one to come) is about as bad as it's been since the eighties … Climate change may be warming the planet, but it's been pushing the gulf jetstream north of us and letting us share in the joys of Norwegian weather.

Savannah, only the Public Sector get snow days; we in the world of crapitalism have to risk life and limb to get in or lose pay. I just got back from Cambridge and shovelled my way back onto my driveway, ready for another slip-slidey adventure tomorrow. I could sure do with some Deep South weather right now.
xoxoxoxox

Scout said...

Snow!!! We have less than an inch here with bitter cold and some wind. Hardly worth posting photos of.

Your winter is much more interesting so far.

Speedway said...

What? Didn't the younger men help you much? And don't you have independent contractors with plows to scoop the snow from car parks and such? When the snow gets bad here, you'll see pick-up trucks galore sprout blades for pushing snow from lots and driveways. Not there? Or doesn't your boss hire one?

dive said...

Robyn, give me a dull, warm winter any day!

Speedway, nobody over here drives a pick-up, let alone sticks a blade on the front. The council keeps the main roads clear but nobody bothers with the side roads or villages so we dig and slither or stay indoors.

Speedway said...

Well, maybe Queenie could have one put on the front of her Land Rover then send Chuckles on a quest around the Kingdom to clean the lanes for old folks, etc. He could wear a red and black plaid barn coat, and a hat with ear flaps. Of course, I'd allow him to pin a gold I-am-special Order-of-Whatever badge on to show he was just a prince in disguise. It'd give him useful work til the thaw.

Ms M said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow! And a lot of shoveling. Glad you had SOME fun with it.

dive said...

Or maybe they could all abdicate, Speedway. Then they'd HAVE to find some useful work.
It would certain make the sun shine.

Ms.M. Playing snowplough with a shovel is more fun that I thought it would be at my age.