Well, the blizzard has passed, and as is typical for Colorado, the sun is out and it's a beautiful day.
And you know what that means... today was snow shoveling day!
Generally speaking, I don't mind shoveling. I actually sort of like having an excuse to be outside and get some exercise & fresh air.
But I've gotta say, I do have one pet peeve when it comes to snow removal.
You see, my next door neighbor is the sweetest little old lady on the face of the planet. But the guy she hires to do her snow removal is a total jerk.
My house sits fairly near the property line on that side, and my side door is just on the other side of a little chain link fence from her driveway. So EVERY time it snows, her snow blower guy just piles all of the snow from her driveway onto my side porch and sidewalk. So not only do I have to dig out from the heaviest snow (it's on the north side of the house) but I also have to dig through all of the heavy piles that he so inconsiderately puts on top of the snow that's already there!
I fear I didn't take a before picture, but here's what it looks like now that I've dug it out.
OK... it's not that bad... but seriously, how rude do you have to be to totally bury someone else's door in snow? It's not like this is a new problem either. I've asked her over and over and over to talk to him, and she swears he has... and every once in a blue moon he will actually show some consideration and put the snow on the other side. But it never lasts.
And it's not so much the extra shoveling that gets to me, it's just the incredible rudeness that I can't wrap my brain around. I mean, who does something like that? Seriously, all the guy would have to do is flip the little blower thing around so it blows the other direction, but apparently that's too difficult for him.
I dunno... maybe bad weather just brings out the dick in people...
I know I'm overreacting. I mean in the broad scheme of horrible things that people do to each other on a daily basis, this is really an infinitesimally small transgression, but it still pisses me off. And I can't stop thinking about the many times I have shoveled her front walk because the dude wouldn't come until the next day and I wanted to be neighborly. But at the moment, I have to say, my feelings of neighborly fondness are waning...
And if it wasn't for the fact that she's so nice, I'd be tempted to give him a taste of his own medicine...
OK, I'm done ranting now. But it still just makes me wonder what it is that makes people act that way. Is it our society, or do people just have some innate selfishness and lack of empathy for their fellow human beings? On some level it all just makes me really sad.