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Post-snow observations

Posted by John / December 19, 2005

A few random observations about the aftermath of Friday's 41-centimetre snowfall:

1. Who's the guy who's first to simply ram his car into a snowdrift on an angle diagonal to the street, thus inspiring all other car owners to park in hilarious diagonal fashion in the drifts on both sides of every street? There must be a guy.

2. Before they've removed all the snow, when the cars are parked in hilarious diagonal fashion, there's gotta be significantly less room for cars on any street, given the giant drifts and piles that are also everywhere. So, if the streets are jammed with parked cars when there isn't snow, where do the extra cars end up after a snowfall?

3. There must be some kind of link between average incomes of neighbourhoods and the speed with which the city actually manages to send in the snow removal equipment. I bet Laval St. gets cleared long before St. Dominique.

4. When the snow-removal no parking signs get put up on garbage day, people just throw their garbage bags on top of the drifts, assuming, I guess, that the garbage truck will come first.

5. A lot of people have no idea how to get a car out of a snowed-in spot. Their thought process goes something like:

Dude: My car is stuck here. I'll just step on the accelerator, producing a loud squealing noise as the tires spin on the ice. Hey, that didn't work. OK, I'll just, uh, step on the accelerator, producing a loud squealing noise as the tires spin on the ice. Hey, that didn't work. OK...

6. What customs have inspired older generations of certain ethnic groups to feel a huge responsibility to meticulously ensure that all snow is removed from the sidewalk in front of their homes throughout the winter so that it remains perfectly bare? Sure, it's safer, but it goes beyond simple safety. The angles are so precise, the boundaries exactly at the edges of their properties, the attention to the entire surface area of the sidewalk so exact.

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Gordon / December 20, 2005 at 11:52 am
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I like their new system of identifying the snowpile-to-be-clear-soonish: sticking the orange sign right on the pile. But why don't they just spray paint the pile red so that we know exactly where not to park?
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