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Thursday, February 11, 2010

All Dug Out, Front Wheel Drive, and a Great Wife

What a beautiful day here in Baltimore, particularly compared with yesterday. The wife and boy went out to shovel us out, hooked up with a guy with a backhoe. The guy was just driving around Perry Hall on his tractor, picking up $20-$40 a clip. My gang had the hard part done, backhoe boy just finished it off. This is the first storm-storms that I've ever seen that people haven't shoveled the walks, probably because the plows piled it up 40 feet!

When I was a teenager, 100 years ago, we had a big storm, shut everything down like this one did. The snow plows never came to our neighborhood, it was our responsibility to dig ourselves out. I remember the guy across the street telling us he could drive out, but we thought he was crazy. He told us he had one of them there new front wheel drive cars, an Audi I think. He got out, burned up his transmission, left a dark red trail of fluid all the way up the street, but he got out!

The wife is busy, she's always busy, but these storms have really been a lot of work for her. To make me feel even worse about her doing it all, tomorrow is my birthday, and yes, she is prepared for it. She's sitting her right now, almost asleep, icing my cake. She's not doing it to make me feel bad about her birthday, the one I skipped, but I think she is smiling a little bit?

9 comments:

Libby said...

andy, happy birthday!!! and eat a couple of pieces of cake for me? lol!

awb said...

Libby - I am an all American cake eater, I'll do my best.

awb

Slammermike said...

Now you're talking. Cake & a tall glass of cold milk. Happy Birthday. I hope you have a great day.

It is funny now you look out the window and the snow is pretty. Still deep as hell but pretty. The snow at the front of our house was so deep that My wife had to go out the front window to be able to clear the front door. I was a big help though, I held the drapes for her as she went out the window so she wouldn't get her boots caught. We are 2 lucky guys.

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Andy!

When you come out from down under all that snow, hoist a big piece of cake for me. The part with the most icing, please.

Herrad said...

Hi Andy,

Happy Birthday.
Enjoy your cake.
Have a great day.
Keep warm and happy.

Love,
Herrad

Diane J Standiford said...

Happy Cake Day! Your snow on my TV looks like fun. (ON MY TV)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Andy! I hope friends and relatives will be shoveled out enough to come by and help you celebrate. Here's to looking forward...

--Linda

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

awb said...

Slammer - We picked wives well, we should write a book, "how to pick perfect partners that put up with your crap, and shovel too!"

Anne - we may have to arm wrestle over the icing, it is the best part.

Herrad - Thanks, keeping warm is the trick!

Diane - It really is pretty, when you don't have a shovel in your hands.

Linda - We are free! My minions did an incredible job.

Unanimous - Thanks, I'm glad you liked it!

Thanks everyone,

awb