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Sunday, December 30, 2012

That Dirty Four-Letter "S" Word...

...that would be snow. We had our first substantial snowfall of the season last night, getting about 6" of light, fluffy snow starting mid-afternoon and ending sometime overnight.

Oddly enough, the Mrs.'s SUV handles worse in the snow than my Dodge Earthf**ker - or, more precisely, I'm more familiar with the 4WD pickup than the AWD Pilot. We hit a patch where everyone slammed on their brakes going down a snowy hill, and the Honda started slipping on the snow. While I concentrated on steering out of the skid, not mashing the brakes, etc., I found myself fighting with the Pilot - and watching the curb get ever closer to the passenger side tires. As soon as I stopped fighting the traction control, it straightened right out and was fine. It's great technology, you just have to be used to it...

Got a chance to bust out the new snowthrower, too. It's a little on the unwieldy side when running under a full load, and tends to "kick" one way or another if it catches on something, but it was easy to get used to it and it was certainly more precise than the tractor-mounted thrower we had been using. Overall it only took a little longer using the smaller snow thrower than the tractor, owing mainly to being able to make multiple passes faster. I even cleared off my neighbor's driveway while learning to use the blower.

I do have to admit, though, that if we're going to get snow, I'd rather it be this weekend rather than next. We've got the Fifth Annual Northeast Blogger Winter Dinner, and a few years ago the night we chose for the meet turned out to be a nasty blizzard. For the hardy souls that turned out it was great - we had Jillian's all to ourselves - but the ride home was a bit on the harrowing side. This year there's folks coming in from significant distances - including some via air! - so seeing a clear forecast is a good thing...

And now, I will need to go soak myself in a hot tub containing Ben Gay and liquid Advil...

That is all.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Yep, you're outta shape (again) for the snowblower! :-)