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Thursday, January 25, 2007

A Change of Pace

Okay, it's time for a little ranting going on. This has nothing to do with writing, just an everyday observation for a winter-weary city in Michigan. I want to talk about how snow and ice piles up on the neighbor's sidewalks and driveways. Is it a crime for people to actually clear their walkways? Will they receive a citation for picking up a snow shovel and digging out a path for the mailman to get through?

This was the first week this season that we actually got some snow and ice and every day that I go to work, I come home all in a tizzy. I deliver newspapers each morning and after traipsing through mounds of snow and slipping several times on icy sidewalks, I'm in a foul mood by the end of the day.

I remember a couple of winters ago, when I first started this job, I had to wade my way through huge snow drifts that were higher than my boots. What's up with that? Are people today too busy to be courteous, or are they just plain lazy? I feel sorry for the mail carriers and delivery people that have to plow through on a daily basis and make their way onto icy porches.

I tell you, I could make a small fortune by bringing a shovel with me and asking my 200+ customers if I could shovel their walkways every time it snows. And that's not to mention the people in my own neighborhood, where every other house is blocked in by snow that you can't even see where their driveways are.

To the good people out there that actually do clear their walkways, porches, and driveways, I applaud you. Thank you very much. But for the rest of you, I hope you burn in eternal agony. :-)

2 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

It's freakin' cold outside. I mean cold. Six degrees. You know, I am just grateful that we had to wait until the end of January until all this went down.

SP said...

Yeah, tell me about it. I have to work outside. The mail carriers have to work outside. Delivery people have to be outside quite often. My toes were so cold (and wet) by mid-morning. The least we could do is suffer a few minutes of agonizing cold to make their jobs more pleasant instead of making them trudge through mounds and mounds of snow just to deliver something of importance to our doors. I was outside shoveling the snow last night so that our paper carrier this morning didn't have to worry. No, I don't believe there's any excuse good enough for me. It's just common courtesty, which a lot of people seem to be lacking these days.

And today, of all days, when it was freezing, city workers came to cut down trees on our street!