Maybe it’s not an engineer thing but it has to be kinda weird/funny. I never went out the front door but last night I was looking at the photos on the security cameras and the driveway . . what on earth?
Vince told me he cut “strips” and his reasoning was that the sun would heat up the concrete and cause the snow to melt faster and he wouldn’t have to shovel the whole driveway. I had no idea what kind of “strips” he cut.
I was cracking up! I thought to myself . . people coming down that side road, which has a decent amount of traffic, can see our driveway as they come over the hill. I wondered what it looked like to someone driving down the road.
I posted the photos on Facebook and the first comment was from Jeremy, and he said “I think you should have him tested.” Vince had been downstairs and was coming up the stairs. I wasn’t sure if he would see the humor in my FB post or in Jeremy’s comment but I couldn’t stop laughing so I read it all to him and he thought it was funny.
I said “Vince, people are going to see that and think we’re weird!” He said “No one is going to see that!” The next comment . . from our neighbor: Oh I am so glad you explained this reasoning. We were trying to figure it out. Lol. Gave us quite a laugh.
You can bet others going down the road saw it . . and now think weird people live in this house.
Then I remembered this story from 2007. We moved to MO in January, 2007. I think we actually moved into the house on January 4. We had been there about two weeks and had a big ice storm. Vince asked Chad to help him with the driveway. Vince shoveled the snow off and asked Chad if he would try to break up some of the ice so we could get our cars out sooner.
We didn’t have breakfast room furniture yet . . only dining room furniture that we had moved from Kentucky. The dining room was on the front of the house.
Chad had already come inside, declared his job done, took a shower and came back upstairs to eat. As we started eating, we noticed cars were driving down our road very slowly, some stopping and looking. We were saying “What are they doing? Are they looking at us eating?” Vince got up and closed the blinds.
Of course, Chad was sitting right there with us eating and didn’t mention anything about what people might be looking at.
A while later, about dusk, the doorbell rang. We didn’t know anyone. We had only been in town two weeks. The guy introduced himself from the newspaper and wanted to know if it was ok if he took a picture of the “ice sculpture”. What ice sculpture? Chad had already gone downstairs so Vince and I walked into the yard and found this.
Chad had built his version of Stonehenge in our front yard from ice he was removing from the driveway.
It was pretty funny. We didn’t mention it to Chad and the next day, a neighbor brought us a newspaper. When we started to eat that night, I put the newspaper at Chad’s spot at the table. He never cracked a smile, acted like he didn’t know anything at all about it.
I think the men in this family are strange! 🙂 Maybe Jeremy was right . . maybe they both should be tested! 🙂
I love “strangeness”!!
Linda Enneking says
If this makes it easier for Vince, I think it’s a good idea. He doesn’t need to have another heart attack from shoveling snow. Who cares what other people think.
I think he actually did it hoping someone would notice and say something.
—He may be on to something, your neighbors might even start to copy his method 🙂
From what I can see, only one neighbor has cleaned their driveway. The six I can see have not. The snow wasn’t so thick you couldn’t drive through it, especially with our four wheel drive vehicles, but getting on the road with other crazy drivers was a bit risky so we just stayed home. The roads seem clear today so someone in this house HAD to go to town.
Marsha B says
Vince is making his own quilt design on the driveway!
Well. did it work on getting the rest of the snow to melt?
And, I am surprised that he didn’t shovel the long strips to be in line with the tire tracks so you would have a cleared and dry track to the street.
That”s exactly what I thought! Also, the snow could melt on both sides of the long lines. 😀
Oh what a laugh ?Chads version of Stonehenge pretty good, we only live 25mins away.from the original. I suppose we would have to build mount Rushmore to have the same effect. !
The Stonehenge sculpture made me laugh out loud! He is very creative! I would never think of making anything like that.
So…..did it work????
after a particularly heavy snowfall, i did the same thing with our deck – and for the same reason. one row shovel width stripes ;0) i knew i wasn’t going to be able to finish it that day and wanted the sun to do a little bit of work too. fortunately i finished it the next day because after that we had freeze/thaw/freeze/thaw weather and THAT would have made a huge block of ice that never would have melted away. whew! not to mention it broke up the monotony too.