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After five and a half years in the toy mines I'm back shoveling snow so I thought it would be fun to have a place to share the experience.

Feel free to share your own snow related stories or to gawk and laugh.

No promises on coherency.

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I have never shoveled snow in my entire life.


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Turns out not enough snow fell.

But at least I'll get paid for it!

And I'll be able to pull Tiny T-Rex to school on a sled.


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You have summoned me.


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"It smells different this morning... *Looks out the window*... OH MY GOD!!" - Tiny T-Rex, waking up.


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I think we got about an inch. So, naturally, the kids deemed it senior skip day.


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I live in Houston, where it never snows in any significant amount. Instead, I shovel flood waters every other year.


We got about an inch overnight, but it was still falling when I left for work.


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We're getting snow clumps.

Bleh.

Too.

Soon.


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In 1978 I was in the 8th grade. I live in Arkansas so any amount of snow closes the schools. But this year it was necessary. It was the first day after returning from Christmas Break. It began snowing hard, so they sent us home.

It snowed a foot deep overnight. We were ecstatic. A couple of nights later it came a freezing rain on top of that. Then more snow, then more freezing rain. We played and sledded down the hills on our farm from sun up to late into the night.

Then it began to melt. I and my friends lived on a dirt road, which turned into a quagmire. We'd been out of because of snow and ice at least a week then the melting began. Buses couldn't get back into the areas where many of the students lived, so we got another week off. It was a great time, especially for Arkansas. But then we got more snow than we do now (thanks, climate change).


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In syracuse ny we had a record snowfall making year... for syracuse. (That is a LOT of snow)

We shoveled so much snow off to the sides of the walk that it eventually just became a dome and we kept it like that for a couple of weeks till the fire department came by and was like.. no. I don't care how clean the walkway is now, thats gonna collapse on someones head and we won't find them till may.

Same year I think. The roads get plowed so the corner sidewalks have 4 foot high mounds you need to walk up and then down to get onto the sidewalk. if you're lucky someone has walked up it before you and it leaves stairs. if you're REALLY lucky they've done that with a shovel.

Anyway I'm climbing over the sidewalk side to the road and an old lady is on the other side climbing up I put my hand over and over her a hand up.

"Ma'm, you want a hand? Ma'm..."

doesn't look up . Flounders.

"Ma'm..." a little louder. Looks up, sees what to her must look like a giant bearded head coming out of nowhere reaching out for her "ahhh" tries to whack me with her purse. Almost falls over.

*sigh*

Second swing of the purse, oh good. Grab that. Haul her up. Slide down the side for a quick escape.


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Here in Seattle it's normally juuust warm enough not to snow.

Don't worry, we have plenty of rain and gray clouds to compensate.


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We lived in Seattle for 4 years, we moved back to Wisconsin 13 years ago.


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Another upstate ny college. I had a habbit of walking around in a T shirt in inclimate weather. We're told next class is outdoors and its going to be record cold. *teacher looks at me* bring the warmest thing you own.

So he facepalms when I show up in a thick wool cloak from the Renaissance fair (i take it camping. it is absurdly warm)

About 3/4 of the way through the class some of my classmates are huddled together for warmth. I hand them the (now toasty warm) cloak and ride out the rest of the class on specific heat.

*****

Syracuse, Media student is practicing doing interviews. He's asking students how they deal with the cold and as I'm walking in a t shirt well...

Then he notices I'm chewing ice from the soda I'm still finishing up. Pauses. Pauses "alright, who set this guy up for me? "

***

The syracuse university paper actually had an article where someone complained that they'd looked out the window, seen a bright sunny day, saw (what i am 99% sure was me) walking across the quad in a t shirt, went down 5 floors then ran outside with just a sweater on and almost froze to death. They called me an amphibian...

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Different upstate NY school (hey, i finished all of them i didn't get thrown out) Walking accross the parking lot and the wind is blasting. Girl in front of me gets blown into a snowbank. I come along. She looks left, looks right, and starts walking really close to me. A second later i realise she's in my wind shadow and start laughing. She's like "i'm sorry"

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Snow? I know what that is.


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TriOmegaZero wrote:
Snow? I know what that is.

Its NOT the white stuff you got in california


captain yesterday wrote:
We lived in Seattle for 4 years, we moved back to Wisconsin 13 years ago.

I lived in Bremerton and moved back to Minnesota 15 years ago!

Also, I was reminded of Halloween 1991 recently.

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I think I would have done what the girl in NY did and you'd get a large feline in your windshadow. I'm very susceptible to cold.


So I completely missed the New York state part of that location and was extremely confused as to why Sicily would be getting snow at all, much less massive amounts of it.


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DungeonmasterCal wrote:

In 1978 I was in the 8th grade. I live in Arkansas so any amount of snow closes the schools. But this year it was necessary. It was the first day after returning from Christmas Break. It began snowing hard, so they sent us home.

It snowed a foot deep overnight. We were ecstatic. A couple of nights later it came a freezing rain on top of that. Then more snow, then more freezing rain. We played and sledded down the hills on our farm from sun up to late into the night.

Then it began to melt. I and my friends lived on a dirt road, which turned into a quagmire. We'd been out of because of snow and ice at least a week then the melting began. Buses couldn't get back into the areas where many of the students lived, so we got another week off. It was a great time, especially for Arkansas. But then we got more snow than we do now (thanks, climate change).

in 1978, I was born on the first day of winter.

You're welcome.


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I was born twenty days late during one of the hottest summers in recorded history in 1976 in the city I was born.


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So I completely missed the New York state part of that location and was extremely confused as to why Sicily would be getting snow at all, much less massive amounts of it.

People make fun of american movies for having City comma country but there's a reason...


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I was born twenty days late during one of the hottest summers in recorded history in 1976 in the city I was born.

Talk about making a bad first impression...


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I've always been a big fan of circuitous plans.

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