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We got maybe 6 inches of snow last night, the light fluffy stuff, easy to plow but liable to drift or, when you push too much at once, pile over your shovel and drop annoying trails of debris.
I spent a couple hours shovelling, which is plenty of time to devise all sorts of ideas about an aesthetic for the task. Because, clearly, shovelling something and shovelling something well are entirely different things — there are considerations of speed, thoroughness, and efficiency, just to name a few. Is it better, for example, to clear long tracts and then go back and clear the trails left aside them? Or to plow in short, quick strokes, making clean sweeps?
Alas, the ideas themselves, I also had time enough to realize, are nearly as tedious as the shovelling. Ultimately, shovelling is just about good, hard work, your muscles burning but hopefully not your back, and snow, but not much else. Anything involving either snow or hard work being generally a good thing, shovelling's tediousness is forgiven, however — even if I am rather disappointed that I have nothing interesting to say about it.
Then again, there's a virtue in that, too.
January 20, 2002 1:27 PM
when will we have more snow
Posted by loghman on December 9, 2003 6:40 PM
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