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Things I've Never Done

Posted on 2013.02.25 at 00:00
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Its a very short list of things I've never done. Illegal drugs and extreme sports are two, although I did go bungee-jumping once in Virginia Beach. Not sure that counts. The rest of the things you think I may never have done, well, you'd probably be surprised.

I was in my mid-twenties before I ever saw a snow plow. I awoke one very early morning to what I thought was the first volley of world-wide destruction outside my apartment window in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. I leaped from my bed and raced to the window only to discover a pickup truck-mounted snow plow scraping the snow and ice from the parking lot. As I had never seen one before, it took me a few seconds to realize what it was I was seeing, and that the world wasn't ending. Later that day I saw my first big rig snow plow. Fleets of magnificent creatures which roamed the roadways keeping them clear.

Mark my mid-forties before I ever had to shovel snow. Working from home has it many advantages. But when the kids run low on food, or perhaps more importantly toilet paper, extreme intervention is required. This weekend, between Winter Storm's Q and Rocky, I shoveled snow. I cleared my front porch, the entire walkway to the driveway, and the driveway itself.

In other news, I didn't have a heart attack :)

Comments:


Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2013-02-25 06:15 (UTC) (Link)
I have never shoveled snow either - despite having been in snow many times, up to and including Storm Q. (Who named that one anyway? A fan of Star Trek, the Next Generation?) Anyway, I am hopeful I can keep that one on the list of things I have never done. :)

Glad you didn't have a heart attack.
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-25 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
Interesting in that with my first post on the subject which was actually entitled, "Winter Storm Q" I used my 007 avatar indicating the first thing that came to my mind with the name.

I never was much a fan of ST:TNG.

Edited at 2013-02-25 06:39 am (UTC)
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2013-02-25 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
Right! Q from the 007 movies! I wondered what that avatar represented. Very cool.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-02-25 23:25 (UTC) (Link)
Q told me to tell you he is offended that you did not think of him or his name sake first.

Edited at 2013-02-25 11:27 pm (UTC)
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-26 00:00 (UTC) (Link)

TOO MANY TOES

CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-02-26 03:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: TOO MANY TOES

He thinks it was very sweet of you to make up that cot just for him.
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-25 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Of course I shoveled snow in my shorts.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2013-02-25 21:10 (UTC) (Link)
But of course you did!
pcofwildthings
pcofwildthings at 2013-02-26 16:42 (UTC) (Link)
Snow to shovel, every few days for months on end and in multiple layers of clothing and headgear (i.e., no shorts). Welcome to our nightmare that is winter in the Upper Midwest.

Thankfully, my husband does this, for the most part. It's a workout, for sure. Glad you survived. How much did you get from the storm?
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-26 17:03 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what the official snowfall numbers are. With the drifts around my house it was easily 8" to clear after Winter Storm Q. Winter Storm Rocky came in two bouts; I cleared 4" yesterday afternoon, and 4" this morning.

Yes, it feels like I just ran a mile!
pcofwildthings
pcofwildthings at 2013-02-26 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
PS - Things I've never done: Bungee-jump, run a mile without stopping (good lord, whatever for? unless I was too young to remember), ridden a motorcycle, to name a few.
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-26 17:05 (UTC) (Link)
good lord, whatever for?

When the US Air Force writes your performance review, they take the word performance quite literally!
(Anonymous) at 2013-02-26 22:47 (UTC) (Link)

Things I've Never Done

after growing up in Wisconsin and having many, many interactions with a snow shovel I am glad you have experienced the fun and exercise there of. and I do hope you know that there are shovels specifically made for snow.

the architect
ehowton
ehowton at 2013-02-26 23:07 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Things I've Never Done

My wife bought me my very first snow shovel. Snow is heavy!
Codekitten
codekitten at 2013-03-04 22:45 (UTC) (Link)
i think bungee-jumping is included in extreme sports. your list is shortening!

ehowton
ehowton at 2013-03-05 06:38 (UTC) (Link)
I like the idea behind non-extertive sports. Ping-ping starts off that way, but I usually end up winded!
Codekitten
codekitten at 2013-03-17 10:51 (UTC) (Link)
what is ping-ping?
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