The Snow Plow

We watch The Weather Channel every morning to see what is in store for us and what all of you can expect for weather. This morning the main topic was the black ice and all the accidents and closed interstates and bridges in Pennsylvania. They were saying that the snow plows were having problems getting to the scenes to spread salt to get traffic moving. It reminded me of our first year in Fairmont, Minnesota.

On a bitterly (out here they would call it brutal) cold winter morning we were listening to the local radio station during breakfast. We heard the announcer say, “We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street so the snow plows can get through”. So, the PQ, being the good wife she is, went out and moved her car.

It was about a week later and we were eating breakfast again when we heard the radio announcer say, “We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snow plows can get through”. The PQ, being the good wife and law abiding citizen that she is went out and moved her car again.

I know this is hard to believe, but the next week we were having breakfast when we heard the radio announcer say, “We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park…” then the electricity went out. PQ was very upset and with a worried look on her face said to me, “I don’t know what to do. Which side of the street do I need to park on so the snow plows can get through?”

With love and understanding in my voice that all men who are married to South Dakota natives exhibit, I looked over at her and said, “Why don’t you just leave the car in the garage this time.”

Keep your fork

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