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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Global Climate Change Inspired Weather Continues


We have more snow.
I was called in early in the week to come in a 6 a.m. and do snow and ice removal.
I bought extra warm clothes so I would be the one to run the Toro snowplow.
While it is a bit nippy at 6 a.m., I like to run bulldozers, and I am allergic to hard work. It makes me tired.
I zipped around and plowed sidewalks.
The dining hall folks gave us a free breakfast! I had a very decent omelette and gravy.
The guy next to me pocketed a boiled egg for later. Great plan! I wish I would have thought of it.
Then the skid shoes on my plow wore through so the blade hit the ground.
No one was in the shop and so I welded up new wear plates from scrap metal I found in the scrap barrel.

Then I got caught.
It unfortunately improved my status at work. They suspect I have hidden talents.
This resulted in my being called in to do ice melt at 6 a.m. yesterday.
I told the supervisor I was easily confused and needed supervision. So he called in the guy who normally does it but is moving to a different department.

He spent the morning training me. We went to 7-11 for coffee.
It was much better than shoveling ice.
We stretched it out till 2 p.m. when we had to go home so we would not be paid overtime.
I'm hoping I can find parking lots to bulldoze today so I don't have to shovel.
I am now The Lazy Groundskeeper!
Then I came home and we pulled the engine out of the 2-135. Another engine swap coming up.





7 comments:

  1. That Toro looks a little light for serious snow removal by Sask. standards. But no doubt it beats the heck out of shoveling. I am vying for the second laziest farmer title by leaving my snow lay til next week when it is supposed to warm up to the thawing point. We shall see. ..

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    1. It will move a surprising amount of snow. I'm trying to stay on the good side of the mechanic so I didn't lower the skid shoes and drop the blade. I think if I removed the shoes it would really dig in. It has four wheel drive.
      Obviously it is fairly small but I cleaned a parking lot with it.

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  2. I find it amusing how much our equipment is alike. Aaaand I can't figure how to attach a picture, probly can't. Anywhoo, I got my leaf catcher done, it works! I have a John Deere F1145 that will take a plow and man will it move some snow! Ours has a rollover structure on it so I put a windscreen with lights on it for snowplowing, fortunately we haven't needed it for a few years. My sidewalk plow now is a Kawasaki 750 with a plow on the front; Much lighter duty but it gets it done. Maybe I will be a Big Time Operator like you if I ever get a Gator? lol

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    1. You have more freedom to do what you want. i get a lot of supervision. I think that left to my own devices I could do a lot more...

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  3. Ralph, what you're doing is called "energy conservation." That's more snow than we've had yet, Budd, and I'm not a bit jealous!

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    1. I like the fresh snow. Today was a bugger. Chunks of Ice. I drove around a lot. Climbed so hills. Tried to look busy. I am really lazy.

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    2. Gorges, I like that idea. I am hoping to use solar power to remove the snow. It may take a while but I'll give it a few days.

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