Back in the day, when I was a Young Buck, a snowstorm meant money to me. The more snow, the more paydays. I had my usual stable of homeowners that I promised to shovel out. All they had to do was to have a cup of hot cocoa and cash in hand.
Snow Jobs meant more cash to buy more hunting and fishing gear. My first Browning fly rod matched with a new Cortland Multiplier reel and peach weight forward line was bought from one Snow Day. My first 12-gauge MEC shotshell reloader came from other snow jobs. New boots, vests, and other gear were just a few shovels of snow away.
Now, keep in mind, that in this time, it was muscle power. Snow blowers were just a dream. Wet, deep snow really gave you a workout. We had metal curved bladed shovels that were stout and heavy. Spraying oil onto the blades helped. We also waxed the blades so wet snow would not stick.
Removing snow from cars required care. You did not want to scratch the finish. Soft brooms or wands di the trick. Today I use a foam snow remover that leaves no scratches. ￼
Each sidewalk had a different plan. After a couple digs, you figured out the quickest method of snow removal.
Homeowners also had other requests. I shoveled miles of dog paths and removed snow from lots of bushes and decks. Some wanted salt added to the walks or special paths to a mailbox or bird feeder. Meeting their needs was easy.
Having the right gear was important. Cleated, non-slip boots were a must. Great cloves were important. You needed to wear layers so that you could add or lose a layer as you heat up. A comfortable hat also helps, and a pair of polaroid glasses keep the snow blindness away. Hydration was also important.
Snow Jobs are a great workout. You need a strong back. Recently, my back succumbed to age and arthritis. Montana Snow has become a challenge until I heard a knock on the door. A young man named Justice stopped by to see if he could shovel my walks and driveway. “Thank You Jesus!”
Justice was a quick study as to how to run my gasoline snow blower. Using 3 different shovel styles, he made the snow disappear. My large area gets to be a challenge when over 4 inches of snow stacks up. I showed him some of my old tricks and tips. He made quick work of my walks, brushed off my truck, cleared the back deck, and saved the day.
With back surgery coming up soon, Justice will handle my snow jobs for the Winter. No more worries and the young man can make a few bucks.
It is nice to know that there are kids are excited to work. Adults need to encourage these opportunities. It may cost the homeowner a few bucks but saves time, health, and your back! If you get a knock on the door, after a big snow, give the kid a job. You may also make a new fishing and hunting Buddy.