Base Camp Charlie - Week Two.
We continue to learn how to live here at the very edge of the human habitable zone. (click photo to enlarge)
Here are some important lessons learned today after a foot (yes a freaking FOOT) of snow fell here in Springfield.
1) Establish base camp somewhere with a short drive way!
2) DO NOT take a shower and get dressed for work before establishing that you can actually get out of the drive way.
3) In the same vein, even if it is Friday and you are doing laundry tomorrow DO NOT wear your last clean shirt to shovel the drive way in! It won't be clean when you are done!
4) Just break down and shovel the driveway before you try to get out. Unpacked snow is MUCH easier to shovel than car packed snow!
5) Do not throw shoveled snow upwind. It tends to come back to you in unpleasant ways!
6) When you think, "Hey, I'm not cold any more! I must finally be getting used to this weather" You are WRONG! You are simply getting numb. It starts to hurt again when you get inside and warm up.
7) After shoveling the driveway so you could go somewhere, strangely you don't want to go anywhere any more.
Good lessons huh?
You know, while I was shoveling that long ass driveway I was getting bored so I started playing a mind game. I love old steam locomotives. So to help pass the time I pretended that I was a fireman shoveling coal into the boiler of an old locomotive. You know, instead of the sucky reality of throwing shovel loads of frozen water on what was once a flowerbed, I could pretend that I was standing in front of a roaring fire and shoveling coal! That little mind game helped me feel warmer as well as passing the time. After about an hour or so of shoveling and maybe three quarters done with the driveway I remembered that fireman unionized around the turn the of the 19th century so like any good union man I said, "Screw this! That's good enough!" and quit working!
I just know that somewhere Jimmy Hoffa is smiling down on me!