Sending Neptune Out To Sea

Austin NeptuneWinter Storm Neptune has blown out to the Atlantic Ocean, Modern Philosophers, which seems fitting considering that Neptune was the god of the sea.

Because of this, we did not receive the cataclysmic amount of snow that the meteorologists had been predicting.  However, it is still extremely windy and the wind chill is well below zero.

I put off shoveling for as long as I could, hoping the wind would die down, but once the city snow plow made another pass down the street, I knew I had to grab my shovel and get to work.

Do you like the fashion statement I made?  I thought that the long, ridiculous hat that I could wrap around my face for added protection would help with the wind chills.

Of course, I just looked weird.  And I wonder why I’m single.

Here’s a look at what Winter Storm Neptune did to The House on the Hill.  From that photo above, you can already see what it did to my Post Traumatic Snow Disorder…

Neptune drivewayThat is the massive pile of snow, sand, and funk left at the foot of the driveway by the city snow plow.  Notice how distinct it is from the other pristine snow from the storm.

Neptune shovelThe shovel needed to take a break early on in the process.  I noticed a rather large crack in it before heading outside, so it looks like this will be its last Winter of active duty.

Don’t worry, Modern Philosophers, I won’t throw it away.  The shovel has served me well and will live out its days in comfort in my cellar or the garage.

Neptune pileHere’s the status of the giant snow pile on the other side of the driveway.  It has not been warm enough since Winter Storm Juno first forced the creation of the pile, for any of the snow to melt.

So the pile just continues to increase in size.  Hopefully, when that pile finally melts away, I won’t discover an army of frozen Zombies beneath it…

Neptune lawnIt’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but I remember there being a large patch of green grass beneath all that snow.

I know it’s there because every Summer, it’s a pain in the rump to mow.

I wonder if I’ll ever see it again…

Neptune MarkThen a hero arrived to save the day, and to keep my Post Traumatic Snow Disorder from getting too out of hand.

Mark was able to clear away in five minutes what would’ve taken me a half hour.  By hitting the end of the driveway with the snow blower, he made my afternoon much easier.

Neptune Mark 2I felt bad because Mark said he forgot to leave the water running Friday night, so his pipes not only froze when it dropped to -13 overnight, but they also leaked.

He spent most of the afternoon yesterday thawing them and trying to find the leak.  He finally gave in and bought some heat tape.

Luckily for me, I left the water running that night, so all is well.

Neptune doneThe foot of the driveway after Mark worked his magic.  I have the best neighbors.

I’m going to grab some lunch, Modern Philosophers, but when I return, I’ll tell you about how I ended up hanging out of a second story window, swinging my trusty shovel at the giant icicles hanging off the roof…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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20 Responses to Sending Neptune Out To Sea

  1. Purpleanais says:

    I only know Maine because of Stephen King but if I had to guess I would say that’s where your pics are from….

  2. Steve says:

    I might me mad but I’d love to get that much snow here!

  3. markbialczak says:

    Great neighbors with snow blowers are the best, Austin. I have one of those, too, for the bottom of my driveway. Also, I love the way you treat your shovel with respect. Good karma.

  4. Yippee for great neighbors!! I feel really bad for you, we didn’t get nearly as much as they predicted out here either, and considerably less than you did. Only about 4 inches (more than enough for my Post Traumatic Snow Disorder) but the wind, ohhh that wind was howling all night and day long. I think it finally took a hike down the block to the ocean. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Stay warm, keep the pipes flowing!!

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