Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mr Plow!

So after our first snowfall of the year a few days ago (see previous post) we kind of were lazy and didn't shovel the driveway. Therefore, it became a sheet of crusty, icy snow. I tried to chip away at it yesterday with a shovel and it didn't budge. See, Eric's back has been hurting him and he complains about it constantly (especially when the driveway needs to be shoveled) so, I turned to craigslist. First I started searching for a cheap snow blower. That didn't work. They were all crazy amounts of money and looked to be about 30 years old. Nothing like price gouging when it's a hot commodity. I decided to post that I needed someone to shovel my driveway and got an email pretty quick from this guy who goes to UWM and plows for extra money. Well, Eric didn't know I was setting up all of this up so when he stopped by yesterday to see my sorry driveway full of ice to try and scrape it off Eric was a little surprised. He calls himself Mr. Plow (even has a brochure - thank the Simpson's for the name). He got a lot of it off and then proceeded to throw salt all over it to try and loosen the rest. After he left the questions from Eric started. How much did that just cost? Our driveway was fine, we could get out ok. Where did you find that guy? AHHHHHHHHHH!

Validation: About 20 minutes later it started snowing. A lot. And by the time we went to bed there was at least 5 inches.

Eric: So is Mr. Plow coming again?
Me: I think he was going to stop by again in the morning.
Eric: Will that cost us more?
Me: I think so.
Eric: Well tell him not to come.
Me: Ok, so you're going to shovel?
Eric: Yes.
Me: Ok....

Scene - 8am, Eric standing at the front window surveying the madness that happened over night, trying to be ok with the fact that he cancelled Mr. Plow, knowing full well he never should have.

Eric starts shoveling while I feed kids, which takes about 20-30 minutes and in that time had only moved about 200 sq feet of snow. So I bundle up the kids to go out and help him.

Eric: Jos, I told you we need a snow blower!
Me: Eric, I am not shelling out $500 on a snow blower we will use for 4 months.
Eric: Why not, we can just sell it when we move.
Me: NO, we don't even have $500 bucks. I knew we shouldn't have cancelled Mr. Plow.

....Trumpets blaring.... Up drives Mr. Plow, cigarette in hand, blood shot eyes, looked like he had been out all night plowing driveways. Turns out he didn't get my email saying not to come and he was here to rescue us! In 5 minutes flat he was done and on his way.

Eric: Wow, I can't believe he is already done.
Me: It was a Christmas Miracle. Thank you Mr. Plow.


Renae Kirby said...

ooh, i love moments like that! it's so great to be right. tell eric that in those moments, he needs to say "right as always, beautiful josie." good job, mr. plow!

K.C. said...

Mr Plow was one of my favorite Simpson's episodes of all time. So glad I'm in California.

Rod and Kandace said...

I love your stories, you are so funny!

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