There goes the neighborhoodSubmitted by US Wealth Napolitano on March 6th, 2019
By: Jenn Kovalski
A big snowstorm makes some people seemingly lose their manners. There is snow etiquette everyone should be mindful of. Removing the snow from the roof of your car, shoveling the public sidewalk, clearing a fire hydrant or a path for the mailman are a few of the things we should do to be courteous and safe.
On Sunday night, we got about 16 inches of heavy snow. The kind no one wants to deal with because 1- its March and the groundhog said early spring and 2- your back is sore from shoveling almost instantly. Some people treat snow like some sort of litter that isn’t supposed to be in their yard, or they just avoid touching it at all resulting in an avalanche of snow off the roof of their 65mph car on the highway. The winter mittens come off and things get dicey. Case in point, on Monday a contracted snow plow for a home down the street thought it was appropriate, to take all of the snow from the drive way and side walk they were plowing and push and dump it onto our sidewalk and yard. Essentially every flake of snow was taken from his property and put on our small lot a few houses down. Subsequently, this snow pile has now become some sort of landmark for every canine in the neighborhood.
Obviously we were upset, we had spent hours trying to clean up the snow for our ill neighbor and ourselves. My boyfriend and I plotted in a Seinfeld-esq scene- do we acquire a bobcat and have all of the snow pushed back? Do we somehow monetize on the frozen pile? Do we charge the dogs a fee? Do we throw snowballs at the plow guy forever?
Seemingly long ago are the days of Mr. Rogers’ “won’t you be my neighbor”? We will just have to wait for this snow to melt, and remind ourselves its all the more important for us to be mindful and courteous to everyone. Fortunately, this is as far as it goes in terms of having issues with those we live around, we don’t want a neighborhood feud. It’s all over nothing anyways.