After the snow come the snow shovel angels. Do you know some? Are you one? Did you help a neighbor with his car stuck in the alley?
Yes, there are real snow angels! That generous guy with the new snowblower who says it's easier for him to do the whole block. Thank you!
The neighbor who always clears the way because people walk there on the way to the train. Thank you!
Sad to say, such folks are rare. In spite of ordinances and fines, most will not bother to shovel. And by most, I mean you, landlords with a house somewhere else. I mean you with the corner lot and two sidewalks to shovel. I mean you, business on a busy street with only the entrance clear so the cars can pull right up to the door. I mean you, who have cleared the parking lot, but left the sidewalk an expanse of snow and treacherous ice.
Yes, vehicles are important, here. The main streets, and the side streets must be passable. People have to get where they're going--and where will they park the car? There's the ritual of summer lawn chairs for holding parking spaces. It's a proud Chicago tradition.
Here's another Chicago tradition-- mountain climbing. This winter is not the first. Those who take public transit have to deal with piles of snow by the bus stops, mounds of snow on el station stairs. It's a safety hazard. Why is this way not clear?
Busy streets have obstacles, too. On Roosevelt Road in Oak Park, the snowplows have piled the mountains of snow on the sidewalks. People can't walk there, unless they walk in the street--a dangerous idea! And what about the wheeled carts, strollers, walkers?
Almost every sidewalk corner is a mountain of piled up snow. There are bootprints of those who have gone before. These are supposed to serve as what--footholds? Climbing up and sliding down these obstacles, is this our winter sport here? Try it with bags of groceries for added benefits of balance and weight training.
Don't people cross the streets at the corners? Why is this way not clear????
Thanks to all the snow shovel angels. We sure can use them, now.
Special thanks to fellow blogger Marie Larsen, "There's a Bug in My Coffee" for her post on conditions in Joliet. You can read her post, here.
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