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Old 01-18-12, 02:30 PM   #1
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One bad thing about being retired!

There's no sneaking off to work to get out of shovelling the white stuff. Now for a hot buttered rum.
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Ok , all the Yanks on here may fall for this OTHM, but I know Naniamo. That "white stuff" is from Harmac, not the weather. Besides, we all know it never snows there..
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Go for a ride instead.
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I put the granddaughter in charge of removing the white stuff from my driveway....I even bought her a snow blower to handle the job
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Old 01-18-12, 03:22 PM   #5
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Jdon, Harmac didn't produce this carp,the Yanks in Seattle sent it to us. Lady Beverly,I bought the snowblower when I retired but after clearing my driveway and various neighbours the Rum went down quick.
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There's no sneaking off to work to get out of shovelling the white stuff. Now for a hot buttered rum.
What white stuff are you talking about? We are not familiar with this white stuff and we only blow leafs off of our driveways.
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What white stuff are you talking about? We are not familiar with this white stuff and we only blow leafs off of our driveways.
It's similar to tourists, and comes in the winter. We get some on occasion, but it never sticks around.
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I bought my wife a snowblower for Christmas. Now I'd divorced.
Strange thing is she kept the snowblower.
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It's similar to tourists, and comes in the winter. We get some on occasion, but it never sticks around.
Oh! Now I get it.
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I have a very long driveway. When my wife and I were both working, I plowed it religiously so we could both get to work on time. Now that we're retired I only plow it when I absolutely have to. Usually we hunker down and I plow when I feel like it. Retirement sure is great!!
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I bought my wife a snowblower for Christmas. Now I'd divorced.
Strange thing is she kept the snowblower.
Well, it was her Christmas present
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Cute-----------but I notice you guys in Fla sure get up tight when it goes 4 or 5 degrees below freezing.
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they have fits when it gets into the fourties!
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Cute-----------but I notice you guys in Fla sure get up tight when it goes 4 or 5 degrees below freezing.
Damn right we do, why do you think we are down here in humidity central? This reminds me I need to mow the grass again.

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The nice thing about retirement (outside looking in, here) is that, even if you can't get out of it, THERE'S NO RUSH! If it takes 6 passes to clear the drive, you can do a pass, sit & sip, do a pass, sit & sip, etc.

(I watched my dad during his retirement years....)
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Cute-----------but I notice you guys in Fla sure get up tight when it goes 4 or 5 degrees below freezing.
Absolutely! As Bill said, "why do you think we are down here?" However, on this day, thirty five years ago, we did have up to one inch of that white stuff you northerners get all the time. It was the second recorded snow fall in Tampa and crashes closed down both I-75 and I-4 because nobody down here knew how to drive in it.

Seriously, the only issue we have with the temps going below freezing is this area has a lot of strawberry farms and when the temps dip that low, they run water all night on them to cover them in ice, which keeps them from getting spoiled. The farmers use up so much water that the surrounding areas start developing sink holes, which have destroyed several roads and homes. So keep your cold and snow up north where it belongs .
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Shoveling is a good full body work out. And it gives a sense of accomplishment. And is a real good precursor to a nap in front of the fireplace.
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There's no sneaking off to work to get out of shovelling the white stuff. Now for a hot buttered rum.
White stuff? You guys shovel beach sand? We just sweep it away with a regular broom when we rack some in the house.
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When my uncle retired, he lived a bit north of Everett Washington, I once asked about getting out when it snowed. He had a very steep driveway and I couldn't see any way you could get up it if it snowed. His answer was,I have a well stocked pantry, I am retired, why would I care how long it takes to melt? I simply moved south.
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We don't shovel snow.
We don't cut grass either.
Got rid of 3 lawns mowers, 2 rakes and 2 snow shovels back in 1978.
We live in the desert . . . we all make choices!
Oh, got in a nice 20 mile tandem toot and lunch with friends that are visiting from MD.
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That reminds me - I really should wrap some burlap around the palm.
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Shoveling is a good full body work out. And it gives a sense of accomplishment. And is a real good precursor to a nap in front of the fireplace.
+1. On anything but super heavy snowfalls I can easily clear my driveway faster than my gasoline powered neighbors. And the 8 inches we got yesterday was so powderey that it practically jumped out of the way by itself. The snowblower set still had to go back and forth in tight repititions. (It's not always so easy, tho)
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You could come to the southwest and enjoy the great weather here. No snow Here is my ride today, just don't ask me about August weather.
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+1. On anything but super heavy snowfalls I can easily clear my driveway faster than my gasoline powered neighbors. And the 8 inches we got yesterday was so powderey that it practically jumped out of the way by itself. The snowblower set still had to go back and forth in tight repititions. (It's not always so easy, tho)

Well, good for you. Aren't you a proud rooster!!

With my left hip hurting the way it does under stress, no way amd I going to shovel snow. Others you criticize may be in the same situation. If it is 2 inches or less, I can usually handle, but our 3 car garage driveway accumulates a lot, and I simply will not use my body (including my hip) to lift that stuff..
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I gave up on the whole gas powered mower/snow thrower thing a few yrs. back. We had a John Deere that could convert from mower to snow thrower. But, every time you had to do the conversion it required a "technician" to come out and do it at a cost of $100. Then there were the repairs (Technician: " Oh yeah, that pin breaks all the time. I carry spares in the truck.") And, of course, the annual tune-up, gas & oil, battery, etc. Now we have a guy from down the street who mows in the summer ($50 for 1 1/2 acres and trimming) and plows in the winter ($40) on our wrap around driveway. I shovel the walk and celebrate with a brandy. Although I must admit my first act of a big snowfall is to jump in my Audi Quattro and go for a ride before we get plowed out.
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