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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:48 AM

As someone who works in snow removal:

A few things:

- Please stay home when possible

- Please don't tailgate

- Trust me, I saw you a 1/4 mile or more before you saw me; trust that

- Please use off-street parking if at all possible

- Please understand that this amount of snow simply doesn't disappear overnight. While you sleep; we are working on twelve or more hours to complete the job. Clearing your driveway is nowhere near clearing an entire city of a snowfall of this caliber; it may take several DAYS in fact...

Lastly, enjoy the weather...from home! There will be plenty of days following the storm to enjoy the winter wonderland. Let us do our job so that you may safely enjoy your weekend!

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Reply As someone who works in snow removal: (Original post)
Earth_First Feb 2013 OP
GreenPartyVoter Feb 2013 #1
freshwest Feb 2013 #21
Inkfreak Feb 2013 #2
Solly Mack Feb 2013 #3
trotsky Feb 2013 #4
cali Feb 2013 #5
eggplant Feb 2013 #6
Tracer Feb 2013 #7
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2013 #35
smirkymonkey Feb 2013 #8
Earth_First Feb 2013 #9
NBachers Feb 2013 #10
Earth_First Feb 2013 #11
BlancheSplanchnik Feb 2013 #20
TheOther95Percent Feb 2013 #39
NBachers Feb 2013 #41
riverwalker Feb 2013 #12
Bluzmann57 Feb 2013 #13
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #14
Earth_First Feb 2013 #17
irisblue Feb 2013 #15
Earth_First Feb 2013 #19
ewagner Feb 2013 #16
Earth_First Feb 2013 #18
rox63 Feb 2013 #22
handmade34 Feb 2013 #23
valerief Feb 2013 #24
NoPasaran Feb 2013 #25
southernyankeebelle Feb 2013 #26
HockeyMom Feb 2013 #27
rdharma Feb 2013 #28
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #29
ReRe Feb 2013 #30
calimary Feb 2013 #31
Mopar151 Feb 2013 #32
2naSalit Feb 2013 #37
midnight Feb 2013 #33
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #34
proud2BlibKansan Feb 2013 #36
baldguy Feb 2013 #38
grahamhgreen Feb 2013 #40

Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:03 AM

1. Thanks for an important and timely message, and for doing the work that you do.

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Response to GreenPartyVoter (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 01:18 PM

21. +1

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:27 AM

2. Upstate New Yorker here. I love you guys.

I live on the outskirts of our town. We are a beating, yet our snow removal guys take great care of us. Helpful & friendly. They take care to watch for my 3 snow-loving dogs. And even replace my mailbox which takes a beating regularly. I ALWAYS speak well of them.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:28 AM

3. YOU be careful!

and take photos.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:28 AM

4. We love our snow removal professionals here in Minnesota.

Thanks for what you do, and the insane hours you have to do it during, AND for this post.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:32 AM

5. Thank You! Great advice from someone who knows whereof they speak.

And I love my plowing guys. I even love the rattle and scraping sounds as it thunders by with it's orange flashing lights. I find it comforting.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:38 AM

6. +1.

But hey, can't you take an extra few minutes to clear the snowbank in front of my driveway? Just mine, you know. It wouldn't be fair to ask you to do everyone's. That might mean huge delays or something. I'll PM you my address.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:40 AM

7. Kindly try not to plow snow back into my driveway ...

... one minute after I finish shoveling.

I thank you and my aching back thanks you too.

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Response to Tracer (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:12 PM

35. From my years in Cleveland...

plowing the drive before the streets are plowed is futile.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:52 AM

8. Thank you for your much valued service and hard work.

I'm doing my part by staying put. (and I have the Downton Abbey Season 3 DVD!! - so I am happily hunkered down!).

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:22 AM

9. NYC Teamster SanMen ready for blizzard

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:37 AM

10. I grew up in Spencerport, outside Rochester, New York. I have big respect for the snow removal crews

We'd get socked with huge dumps of lake-effect snow every year. Somehow, the snowplow crews kept the streets clean. The only time they needed help was when the National Guard had to come in and dig us out, leaving snow canyons down the streets.

Be safe, and thanks!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:38 AM

11. We live in Scottsville... n/t

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:14 PM

20. Thanks from Rochester!

Yeah you guys in your giant orange trucks ARE so reassuring to see...

Thanks so much!

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Response to NBachers (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:14 PM

39. My sister lives in Spencerport.

It's not snowfall. It's snow dump.

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Response to TheOther95Percent (Reply #39)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 02:11 AM

41. I've been away for a long time- I live in San Francisco now- I went back in September

for the first time in decades. It was like visiting a mythical home kingdom again. The houses were all in the same place; the church was unchanged; the trees; the creek; the Erie Canal and the lift bridge; the cemeteries right there in the town proper. It felt so much like home. I love San Francisco, but I sure miss my home town of Spencerport.

But I also remember those big chunks of gravel-filled slush that freeze to the underside of your car. They fall off in the middle of the road and you have to dodge your way around them as you drive down the snowy streets.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 10:59 AM

12. you are the real snow angels

Last edited Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:09 PM - Edit history (2)

I am a nurse, we are not allowed to call in due to weather (when they say on the news "everyone stay home", they never mean nurses). So when I am up at 4 am getting ready, watching the weather, worrying "Oh god, am I going to make it? Did they plow yet?" then I hear the loud liberating rumbling of the plow go past my house. I always bless you.

(here 11 nurses were fired in DC for not driving in during blizzard 3 years ago. Hope Boston will be more lenient this weekend)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/27/AR2010022703793.html

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:40 AM

13. Great message

Used to do some private snow removal until financial considerations (climate change, it doesn't snow here anymore) drove me out of business, so I can relate to what you are saying, at least a little bit. The city, county, and state employees who do this should be thanked on a regular basis. So thank you and keep up the great work.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:42 AM

14. 24 inches, with plenty of warning, big deal.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #14)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:52 AM

17. It is a big deal...

It's an enormous undertaking.

Two feet of snow doesn't just get pushed out of the way in a megalopolis like Philly, NYC, Boston, et. al.

This will need to be trucked out and dumped in municipal lots outside of the city.

This will take several days.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:46 AM

15. Keep Fire Hydrants dug out.

The house you save may be your own. Voice of experience here

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Response to irisblue (Reply #15)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:55 AM

19. + 100

This is one area that we do not handle in most situations...

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:48 AM

16. Hats off to you guys!!!! (and gals too!)

I am a local yokel elected official and the job you guys do is worthy of praise...you're worth every penny we pay you and then some....

I just have one tiny question....do you guys really wait at the end of the block until I'm finished blowing out my driveway so you can plow me back in again?

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Response to ewagner (Reply #16)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 11:54 AM

18. Yes, we have the sixth sense for this kinda stuff...

lol


Just kidding.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:56 PM

22. There is a plow guy or gal working right outside my building right now

Thanks, plow-people!!!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:08 PM

23. hugs

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:41 PM

24. Thank you!!!! nt

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:53 PM

25. A Central Texas boy visiting Connecticut

Doffs his borrowed cap in salute to you guys!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:58 PM

26. You be safe out there.

 

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:10 PM

27. Wish I was there enjoying it

rather than watching it all from Florida. Yes, I do mean that as a NY transplant who lived through the blizzard of 78. I actually have nice memories from that. Florida people cannot understand that.

Have been trying all day to calm my kids in NY. You WILL get through this.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:12 PM

28. Oh! So YOU'RE the one I should blame for.......

 

.......... not clearing my cul-de-sac within four hours!!!!!!

Just kidding, friend!

You guys are the modern day "cavalry to the rescue"!

Stay safe, stay warm,.......... and don't knock over my mailbox, if you can help it!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:25 PM

29. I remember when a bunch of New England plow guys went down to dig out D.C. and got

such a sincere welcome. People down there couldn't believe their luck, and they came outside with cups of coffee and sandwiches. We fear it spoiled you plow guys...we only ever gave you... complaints.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:37 PM

30. Now that's a REAL public service announcement!

K&R


..straight from the public servant's mouth Yeah! We have our own snow removal truck & driver! Really, you be safe as you dig the world out. We'll be thinking of you when we're snug as a bug in our beds at night and hear you going up and down the streets.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:09 PM

31. Thank you for the job you do.

That's gotta be rough work.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:28 PM

32. Check this out!

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #32)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:14 PM

37. Those machines are awesome!

And a lot of fun, that particular unit has a work crew cab on it, the machines I use on occasion only have a passenger seat on the other side of the console. Those winged plow blades make the world go 'round in these parts... you can pick up a snowmobile and set it off to the side like it was just a chunk of congealed snow. These machines are what it takes to plow my road (which resembles the one in the video), see them often. They are also what ski resorts use to groom the ski trails, very agile and nimble.

Earth_First, have a safe set of shifts out there, it's a serious public service you provide and we who need you thank you!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:38 PM

33. K&R

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:47 PM

34. SO YOU ARE THE GUYS who keep knocking down our Mail boxes!!

hahaha, just kidding. I know its freaking hard work you do.. keep up the great work!
I remember the snowplows in upstate NY doing that but worse of all..we would shovel out the drive way and a snowplow would come along and drive the snow into a wall blocking the drive way from the road. We would yell, and shake our fists! hahah.. such memories..
I am so glad to be back in California, you just don't know!

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 08:03 PM

36. I'm reminded of the joke about the lady following the snow plow.

Snow plow driver finally gets out of his truck and goes back to the lady's car and asks her why she's following him. She says her husband told her that she should follow the snow plow driver because it was safer. So he says "Well okay, as soon as I finish this parking lot, I'm going across the street to plow the grocery store lot."

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 09:23 PM

38. Thank you for you service.

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Response to Earth_First (Original post)

Sat Feb 9, 2013, 12:40 AM

40. I hate to be a drag, but are there not more important things for the top?

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