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Before You Dig: 8 Snow-Shoveling Tips (Bloated Government Barf Alert!)
Arlington Patch ^ | February 14, 2014 | Mary Ann Barton

Posted on 02/15/2014 7:13:41 AM PST by McBuff

Ever wonder what a "Loss Prevention Manager" of a "Risk Management Division" of Arlington County, Va does for a living? You didn't? That's what I thought. Well apparently, he dresses up in a suit, tie and overcoat, puts on his ear muffs and then tells us how to shovel snow. Yes, that's right, how to shovel snow. Oh, you think you already know how to shovel snow and don't need a high salaried public employee to tell you how to do it "properly?". . well, think again. His knowledge of how to shovel snow properly is impressive; probably representing hours of "loss prevention" research by, no doubt, an enourmous staff. God, I'm so grateful for having a Risk Manager like this fellow. . .what would we do without him and the government to tell us how to shovel snow!!?? (Watch the video for a good laugh, by the way. . .in case you didn't already know it. . we are doomed).


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On the other hand . .good advice about shoveling snow. . .however, my neighbor is from Canada. . .he could have written the book on proper snow removal. . I think if I ever get stumped on which end of the shovel goes into the snow. . .I'll just ask him.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 7:13:41 AM PST by McBuff
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To: McBuff

The government is an imitation of the movie Brazil.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 7:17:35 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: McBuff
Just like my wife, who - while preparing supper - says that I don't help enough.

And all the while, I stand there calmly, giving her helpful hints, like "Chop the carrots finer," "You shouldn't sauté the onions so long," and "Why don't you pre-warm the plates?"

And all I get are hostile looks!

Doesn't she understand that I'm a highly-paid consultant? That my good advice is worth its weight in gold?

Regards,

3 posted on 02/15/2014 7:18:13 AM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: McBuff

4 posted on 02/15/2014 7:18:41 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: McBuff

I have a better solution. Get a snowblower. I can drink coffee and smoke like a jenny before going out and it doesn’t bother me. :)


5 posted on 02/15/2014 7:20:15 AM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: McBuff

Three people died shoveling snow the other day in the DC/Maryland area so this guy is not doing his job properly.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 7:20:21 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: SolidRedState

I have a better solution. Get a snowblower.

I have a pretty good snow blower but it didn’t work for this type of snow. It was too “wet” and got clogged up. It happened to many neighbors in Maryland too. Good suggestion if it is fine light snow, but not the enormous snow storm that we just had.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 7:22:22 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: McBuff

On the one hand, Mr. Manager tells me I have to get clearance from a physician, and “Shouldn’t be so quick to go outside”, on the other my local public works division put an orange envelope in my mailbox telling me that I didn’t shovel my frontage sidewalk from “side to side” and didn’t use salt or sand within 24 hours, and next time I’ll be find $25 to $200.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 7:23:01 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: McBuff

I can’t wait for the spring, summer and fall videos on how to fertilize your lawn, mow the grass, and rake leaves. With maybe a bonus feature on how to cook hot dogs. lol


9 posted on 02/15/2014 7:23:31 AM PST by Starboard
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To: McBuff

Big government, based on the idea that with enough micromanagement the world can be perfect.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 7:23:31 AM PST by lurk
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To: BinaryBoy

Great Movie! I made this gif because it seemed the epitome of bureaucracy!

11 posted on 02/15/2014 7:24:02 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: lurk

The absolute best post of the year so far!!!! You nailed it perfectly.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 7:24:30 AM PST by Starboard
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To: napscoordinator

New Suggestion.

Bigger snow blower. More HP.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 7:24:54 AM PST by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: McBuff
It's dificult to understand how people survived, prospered and reproduced
without politicians and bureaucrats to tell them what to do and how to do it.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 7:25:24 AM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: McBuff

“To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.

To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored.

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

P.J. Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, trans. John Beverley Robinson. London: Freedom Press, 1923, p. 294


15 posted on 02/15/2014 7:25:31 AM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: SolidRedState; napscoordinator
I have a better solution. Get a snowblower.

As another poster pointed out, it doesn't work well on wet snow. When we lived in the country I found someone who would plough the 90 foot driveway for $20. A single repair of a snow blower can easily be $200. That left the shovel just for the trim.
16 posted on 02/15/2014 7:25:44 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: McBuff

Hire the mexican waitng with his brethren in front of the 7-11. Oh wait, they’re gone after the weather gets cold. Guess it is work that most Mexicans won’t do.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 7:26:23 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: napscoordinator
We get that sort of snow from time to time too. Spray some non-stick cooking spray inside the guts of the 'blower, including on the auger. Doesn't necessarily cure the problem, but it does help.

Also, if you regulate the "load" of snow, it doesn't pack and stick. If taking a full width swath, then speed regulates the load, and if you take half a bite instead of a more full one, the snow won't pack as easily.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 7:27:27 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: Iron Munro

LOL! What would we dummies out here do without BIG government watching out for us?


19 posted on 02/15/2014 7:28:39 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: napscoordinator

‘Wet’ snow? Out West we got ‘dry’ snow with icy topping and having flooding.

Doesn’t bode well for the folks in such areas (skipping the obvious controversy over how houses got built in flood-prone areas).

My money: Bet they say the impending flooding was ‘unexpected’. Or, as the weather/climate folks said 4 days ago about our weather forecast, “Melt-off will have ‘little impact’...”...

Waiting for the ‘How to fill a sandbag without a hernia’ video...


20 posted on 02/15/2014 7:29:34 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: McBuff
“Dress in layers and wear warm clothing, especially because wind chills will be dropping below zero.”

God I wish I had known this one before. I shoveled last week in a Hawaiian shirt and nearly froze to death.

21 posted on 02/15/2014 7:29:53 AM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: BinaryBoy
The government is an imitation of the movie Brazil.

Ha. I just watched that last night. Sort of P G Wodehouse meets George Orwell. I recommend it.

22 posted on 02/15/2014 7:29:55 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: lurk
"...Big government, based on the idea that with enough micromanagement the world can be perfect..."

Aren't you the wordy one? You can use one word to replace that sentence:

"Liberalism"

Heh, it just reminded me one of the things that I actually DO appreciate about liberalism… Whenever they have a point to make, they can't help themselves and give away the entire context and content of their message in the first few words of what they are trying to say. I have read so much liberal pabulum, that if I pick up an opinion piece I can tell almost exactly what points that liberal will make just by reading a few words.

I've often opined that I should be grateful to him because those are precious minutes of my life that I won't spend reading their crap, and I won't have to regret never getting those minutes back!

On the downside, I can occasionally get taken in by a satirist or a clever conservative writer, so I do try to take the time to read the entire article now. It only took me a few years on free Republic after putting my foot in my mouth a few times to make sure I did that!

23 posted on 02/15/2014 7:31:03 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: McBuff

I wonder if he has another PSA on using snow in the absense of toilet paper.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 7:32:59 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Cboldt

Thank you. I will try that for sure.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 7:33:43 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

don’t the sidewalks belong to the city?let them shovel it.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 7:36:59 AM PST by old gringo
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To: McBuff

27 posted on 02/15/2014 7:43:00 AM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: Manic_Episode

LOL!


28 posted on 02/15/2014 7:45:21 AM PST by McBuff
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To: McBuff

Step One: hire some kid to do it. Nearly fainted last winter when some kid and his buddy knocked on my door, offering to shovel snow from the driveway and front walk for $10. Hadn’t encountered that in decades. May be hope for this country after all.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 7:45:55 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: old gringo
don’t the sidewalks belong to the city? Let them shovel it.

They will ... for $25 to $200.
30 posted on 02/15/2014 7:46:17 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Iron Munro

LOL. .Great image!!


31 posted on 02/15/2014 7:46:28 AM PST by McBuff
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To: napscoordinator

Spray Pam or silicone in the discharge chute.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:14 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: McBuff
said the faggot that prolly never shoveled snow in it's life...
33 posted on 02/15/2014 7:52:27 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: 2111USMC

2111USMC, proudly posting without reading the thread since 2001.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 8:02:43 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: McBuff
So why the hell aren't the Obama youth out there shoveling snow?


35 posted on 02/15/2014 8:05:27 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Dr. Sivana; napscoordinator

Well I guess it all depends on your snow blower.


36 posted on 02/15/2014 8:08:03 AM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: McBuff

Shovel snow? I just put the Jeep in 4WD.


37 posted on 02/15/2014 8:13:43 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: SolidRedState
Lay a length of det-cord down the center of the sidewalk before the snow fall.

Snow removal is instantaneous, and very satisfying...

38 posted on 02/15/2014 8:17:56 AM PST by null and void (<--- unwilling cattle-car passenger on the bullet train to serfdom)
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To: null and void

Yeah, baby!


39 posted on 02/15/2014 8:19:09 AM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: McBuff

The guy in the video is not doing it right, he’s twisting his back.


40 posted on 02/15/2014 8:21:44 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: PowderMonkey

Laughing at this. As a kid (eons ago) we all grabbed shovels and went out to “earn our own money”. And the dollars did add up. We were rich.
Shoveled the neighbors walk and steps, but never where I lived. In my 20’s I found out out mothers had cooked up a deal where I did the neighbor’s shoveling and when I wasn’t looking my neighbor’s kid did where I lived.
BUT— we had each labored and EARNED money. A true life’s lesson, never to be forgotten.
Of course, in some cases, earned money went into the family coffers because it was really needed.


41 posted on 02/15/2014 9:48:13 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: McBuff

Just curious...what is the “Patch” ?


42 posted on 02/15/2014 9:51:02 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: rlmorel

Good scene. I love how they have desks shared between two offices and end up in a tug of war.


43 posted on 02/15/2014 10:19:55 AM PST by BinaryBoy (Starve the RINOs: Not one dollar, not one vote.)
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To: McBuff

ping


44 posted on 02/15/2014 10:20:46 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: neverdem; narses; SunkenCiv; Nachum; cripplecreek

So, one of those uber-”free” conformity-wearing Stalinist youth (er, paid volunteers) didn’t get the word about wearing their government issue brown shoes?

Nuremburg parades were less frightening.


45 posted on 02/15/2014 10:31:40 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: PowderMonkey
Step One: hire some kid to do it. Nearly fainted last winter when some kid and his buddy knocked on my door, offering to shovel snow from the driveway and front walk for $10. Hadn’t encountered that in decades. May be hope for this country after all.

Did that all through my childhood. Snow shovel, rake leaves, pull weeds...made a few bucks.

Then in high school got myself a job selling mens clothing in a rather high end small store. I learned a lot as a youngster.

FMCDH(BITS)

46 posted on 02/15/2014 11:22:01 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: nascarnation

The “Patch” is a website focusing on local community news. It’s the equivalent of the local community paper. There are “Patch” sites for many communities. . .they are all over Northern Virginia. . not sure how prevalent nationwide.


47 posted on 02/15/2014 11:36:00 AM PST by McBuff
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To: alexander_busek

Pre-warmed plates are essential.


48 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:46 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: logi_cal869

Waiting for the ‘How to fill a sandbag without a hernia’ video...

Don’t be silly, you can’t fill a sandbag with a hernia,
although it certainly FEELS like it...


49 posted on 02/15/2014 11:46:28 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: napscoordinator
any more, one doesn't shovel snow.

the proper tool is a handled blade much like a dozer blade. rather than lift and throw, one merely pushes.


50 posted on 02/15/2014 11:49:49 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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