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    Adventures in Snowblowing

    It's March, and in typical fashion Old Man Winter isn't going to go down with giving us a couple of body blows and sucker punches to the head. Today we had a Nor'Easter come up the coast and dump up to a foot of snow on us, just when we were getting used to the idea of grass and light jackets. Naturally I took the day off from work, but only so I could spend it cleaning the driveway and steps, because let's face it, I'm not one of "those guys" who get up at 3:30 in the morning to make sure they get to work on time. Besides, someone has to get the wife off to work. So I'm out there with my clunkety old used snowblower that my brother gave me, and it's working okay, when suddenly I hear a ka-chunk followed by a strange ga-ga-ga-ga vibration. My first instinct is always that something is about to blow up on me, but after a few moments I noticed little bits of the daily paper shooting out onto the snow where my lawn used to be. Never mind that there's a newspaper box at the end of my driveway, the laid-off-brain-surgeon-turned-newspaper-girl figured it would be easier to wrap the paper in a plastic bag and then toss it onto the driveway so that it would promptly be covered with snow and turn itself into a land mine for my snowblower. Luckily, someone told me once not to go sticking my arms into the snowblower, so after disconnecting the spark plug I was able to pull half of the Hartford Courant out of the chute and continue on my merry way. I was going to call the circulation department for a 75 cent reimbursement, or at least to have them add another slide on their Fundamentals of Newspaper Delivery powerpoint training program, but what's the use? Even if you could brainstorm all of the stupid things that people do and try to correct them, there's always someone out there ready to throw you a curve-ball...

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