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Unsung bad-weather heroes

Thursday, December 10, 2009

t's 4:00 a.m. and there's a big commotion outside. Oh, O.K., it's the snowplow drivers. We had 15 inches of snow yesterday; today the highlight of the weather forecast will be high winds and single-digit temperatures.

I am grateful for the hardworking snowplow drivers. The person I'm hearing right now does this as a side job. He'll go to another full-time job later this morning. Our city and county snowplow drivers worked until 10:00 last night and started up again at 2:00 this morning. Even in the midst of the blizzard yesterday (yes, it was definitely a blizzard!) the plow drivers were out doing their absolute best to keep the roads open for those of us who had no choice but to go to work.

If you've ever had to deal with an intense winter storm, send a special blessing to the snowplow drivers. At this time of the year and in this part of the country, I think they're the ones that keep the world turning!

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RASTUS55 12/13/2009 9:50PM

    Amen to that!!! You must have gotten that same winter storm that hit us here in Iowa. I always give our snow plow drivers a big hearty wave whenever I see them on our roads. If not for them...it would be one LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG winter!
Good blog!
Ruth

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BOTJEANIETLE 12/13/2009 2:01PM

    I had to work on Wednesday during the blizzard, but only a half day. On my way home I felt like everyone I saw was giving me a dirty look for driving. emoticon That was really the day for snowplow drivers and emergency workers.

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JWB1984 12/12/2009 9:21PM

    I'm ready for it to be April and almost ready to melt!
JESS

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MACGIRRL 12/12/2009 12:11AM

    No snow-plowers here in these parts. I just pray for the Salt Trucks to ascend and sprinkle our hill with a safe passage way to my work-place. An un-sung job of necessity that springs gratitude of a safe passage. emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 12/10/2009 7:04PM

    I don't live where we get that much snow but I can definitely see what you mean. They work long hours in freezing temperatures. I also agree with the comment about the linemen for the electric company. About 4 hours from where I live are several small communities that was hit by a terrrible wind storm a couple of days ago, along with snow, that knocked out power lines that they predict with take about 5 days to all get restored. Those guys (maybe there are some gals too) are working hard to get the power back on. We forget so much the common everyday heroes. Some of them may get paid well for what they do, but it would take more money than they could possibly pay me to get me to go out in those conditions! And the work is dangerous too.

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SLARTYB 12/10/2009 5:41PM

    No snow here yet but you are making me feel cold just thinking about it. Brrrr!

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FRECKALYMC 12/10/2009 4:42PM

    Thanks for the reminder about this...so true...they are heroes.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/10/2009 12:15PM

    Amen! Thanks for reminding us to be grateful for those who often have difficult and thankless jobs. Love ya, Dawn

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BITSY0516 12/10/2009 9:36AM

    Not only the snowplow drivers - but also the electrical linemen who are working hard to get the power lines back up and power back to homes. My son is a lineman here in Wisconsin. He called me last night to say he wasn't going to be back home for a while because of the storm. His crew was going to be working through the night and into today getting people's power back on. They would take turns napping in the truck - two working on a line while one napped in the truck. Those guys work in all kinds of conditions and take great pride in their work. If you see a crew, please stop and tell them thank you. They have a very hard and dangerous job and to them there is nothing better than to have someone just thank them for all their hard work. :-)

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ROBBIEMARIE 12/10/2009 8:46AM

    Thanks for reminding us of all the unsung heroes in our lives without whom we would be so lost.

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TILLIEBEE 12/10/2009 8:42AM

    Great blog. We appreciate them, too!
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SPARQUEE 12/10/2009 8:38AM

    I really appreciate our snowplow drivers AND our mail delivery persons and our newspaper delivery persons when the weather gets really bad.

However, I really don't want this to sound like a criticism, but both the snow plow drivers and mail delivery people are paid very good money to do what they do. They know that snowstorms and bad weather are a part of the job. They chose this occupation.

What about the people from the electric company who have to climb those poles in the winter? What about the police and ambulance and fireman who are out in all kinds of weather? What about our sanitation workers.........and the list goes on.

They are just doing their jobs like the rest of us even though their conditions may not be ideal.

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 12/10/2009 8:25AM

    Snow plow drivers are emoticon

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GABY1948 12/10/2009 6:50AM

    I agree with you. Snow plowers are a special breed, and I thank God for them! Stay warm... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TINYC887 12/10/2009 6:39AM

    our snowplowers dont plow our town for days, ya gotta love new england

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