Sunday, December 26, 2010

I hate snow and of course, we're getting clobbered

I am in the northeastern part of this great nation of ours and basically I am looking forward to a pretty rotten day of shoveling snow tomorrow.

Although I am at sea, I still am granted the honor and privlige of shoveling snow because it is slippery and it gets in the way of operations out here.

At home keeping the driveway clear is pretty simple because all I have to do is fire up the snow blower and let it do what it was designed to do and that is move snow. It's self-propelled to boot.

Out here our snow removal tools are powered by armstrong's patented propulsion system and that is that.

It is a hand held, arm and shoulder operated, muscle powered air cooled snow removal tool, commonly referred to as a snow shovel.

It has been some time since I have had a refresher Charles Atlas course so tomorrow night I can expect some pretty sore muscles.

One thing the average landlubber doesn't understand about boats is that they were not designed with people in mind and although steel decks are a little easier to push a snow shovel across, there are a whole lot little obstacles to deal with. Every single one of these will bring a snow shovel to a screeching halt and the shock goes straight up the ulnas and radials and stops right smack dab at the elbow.

Anyone that spends the better part of their watch shoveling snow probably ought to plan on applying a copious amount of Ben Gay to their elbow.

One thing that looks pretty good about this snow storm is that it is accompanied with a lot of wind and maybe with any luck it will blow a lot of the snow off of the decks. We'll see.

Then again, it can be a double edge sword that leaves parts of the deck clear and other parts covered with huge drifts. Either way it isn't going to be a whole lot of fun.

There is an old saying that no good deed goes unpunished and this task is a direct result of a good deed.

I took Christmas duty to let some younger guy with a couple of little kids enjoy watching them grow up. Right now I could be sitting home drinking hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps in it next to a fire with the cat on my lap. Oh, well.

A lot of guys gripe about rain, but I don't because when it stops raining it simply drains off and life is good again.

Snow is different. It isnt bad being out in the weather while it is snowing if you dress for it. The hassle with snow is that it sticks around being an unwanted discomfort and hazard until it decided to melt. That doesn't look too likely in the near future as it is probably going to be well below freezing around here for quite some time.

Tomorrow will be spen spinning the wheels of industry.

While this post isn't as colorful to read as a  lot of them, it is a pretty good post on another day in  the life of a wayward sailor that chose the road less traveled.

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