Skip to comments.Before You Dig: 8 Snow-Shoveling Tips (Bloated Government Barf Alert!)
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).
The government is an imitation of the movie Brazil.
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?
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. :)
Three people died shoveling snow the other day in the DC/Maryland area so this guy is not doing his job properly.
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.
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.
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
Big government, based on the idea that with enough micromanagement the world can be perfect.
Great Movie! I made this gif because it seemed the epitome of bureaucracy!
The absolute best post of the year so far!!!! You nailed it perfectly.
Bigger snow blower. More HP.
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.
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
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.
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.
LOL! What would we dummies out here do without BIG government watching out for us?
‘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...
God I wish I had known this one before. I shoveled last week in a Hawaiian shirt and nearly froze to death.
Ha. I just watched that last night. Sort of P G Wodehouse meets George Orwell. I recommend it.
Aren't you the wordy one? You can use one word to replace that sentence:
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!
I wonder if he has another PSA on using snow in the absense of toilet paper.
Thank you. I will try that for sure.
don’t the sidewalks belong to the city?let them shovel it.
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.
LOL. .Great image!!
Spray Pam or silicone in the discharge chute.
2111USMC, proudly posting without reading the thread since 2001.
Well I guess it all depends on your snow blower.
Shovel snow? I just put the Jeep in 4WD.
Snow removal is instantaneous, and very satisfying...
The guy in the video is not doing it right, he’s twisting his back.
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.
Just curious...what is the “Patch” ?
Good scene. I love how they have desks shared between two offices and end up in a tug of war.
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.
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.
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.
Pre-warmed plates are essential.
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...
the proper tool is a handled blade much like a dozer blade. rather than lift and throw, one merely pushes.