Snow theory

Snow theory 1
Originally uploaded by In Shaw

I had a theory walking to the metro regarding snow shoveling and brick v concrete sidewalks. But several sidewalks, such as this one on 7th, disproved it. it was that the concrete sidewalks melted snow quickly and thus required little to no effort to keep clear, while brick sidewalks held the cold and did not melt snow. But then I started hitting sidewalks covered in ice and snow closer to the metro station.
Mine and my neighbors’ sidewalks are nice and clear. A couple of neighbors had gotten out and shoveled several doors worth of sidewalk while the snow was coming down. One, decided to make a game of it with her daughter and a large push broom. That was fun to watch, from the warm inside. Also I should thank E. for shoveling by my house, while jamming to something on his earphones. It’s great that he was doing his part as a good neighbor.

If you bothered, or if someone else bothered, to wipe most of the snow off the walk, it cleared up. If no one bothered, the snow stayed. That’s my new theory.

4 thoughts on “Snow theory”

  1. Nah, just good neighbors. Not like we're picking up people lying beside the road or administering CPR. We're just shoveling.

  2. Sidewalks on the north side of the street often are in the sun and the sun helps clean them off. Sidewalks on the south side are in shade and it takes more effort to clean them. I am glad I live on the north side.

  3. I noticed that about the North & South sides this weekend too. I live on the South Side of the block and even though my neighbors & I shoveled a few times during the day on Saturday, our sidewalks are still patchy, whereas our n'bors across the street are bone dry. And more to come tonight!

Comments are closed.