The great snow storm of oh-nine has come and gone. The biggest snowstorm in the history of the region left us with 16½” of snow at Reagan National Airport (only a couple miles from me), 6′ piles of snow left by the plows, beautiful 4′ drifts, and lots of tired, aching muscles. Oh, and a Federal government that’s closed tomorrow. Snow day! Wheeee!
I went to bed last night absolutely dreading today. I decided I’d go out 3 times and work for 15 minutes each. When I went out the first time, about 9:30, my neighbor was out cleaning off his car. (Well, not his, but his wife/co-habitant’s.) Turns out he’s an old pro. He’s from Connecticut and went to college in upstate New York. And he’s young. And male (better upper-body strength, ya know). God bless him, he helped me clean off my car and shovel me out. Then he helped my other neighbor. She’s baking him cookies. Perhaps I’ll bake a pie for him. Anyone got a better idea of something to do for him?
So, here’s the pre-shovel wonderland.
It was very kind of Mother Nature to leave part of my car snow-free. Well, until we cleaned off the roof. We figured there was about 18″ of snow on top. Even more on my neighbor’s.
I’ve always been fascinated with the physics of snow and wind and structures. My neighbor’s car (gigantic Ford Exporer) served as a bit of a wind breaker. I hated to demolish Mount Subaru.
You can’t really see it here, but there’s a pile of snow on the side mirror that goes strait up for about 5″. Also gives you an idea of how much the snow drifted past the car.
I came inside about 11:00 and promptly too some Motrin and a 2½ hour nap.