This morning I went out to find that a piece of equipment had been down our road. I am not sure what, as I would not say the road has actually been plowed, but snow has been pushed around, and our driveway has a magnificent windrow, hard-packed, eight-inches high, and at least four-feet wide. I was so impressed I took pictures, then I took pictures of two of our neighbours driveways. We must be far more special than they, because they barely have anything to shovel. Lucky us.
It is now an hour later, I have cleaned the windrow, so I can now get our vehicle out of the driveway. Having an hour to think about the snow removal in this city, certainly gives your mind a workout. First thought - who trains the snow removal operators? Our entire neighbourhood does a better job with their snowblowers, and we didn't just get big raises, or get to sit in warm vehicles with our coffees, listening to the radio. Next thought - does no one take any pride in their work skills any more? I would be ashamed to say I was the operator that did our street. Third thought - what on Earth plans have been made for the 2015 winter games for snow removal? Are they going to just go around in circles at the games venues, so it looks like the operators actually know what they're doing? Will any streets besides the games venue streets even get plowed? How much money has our wonderful mayor and council set aside for the snow removal for those two weeks, that the public is not even aware of?
Curious where your mind can take you when you have to take time to clean up someone else's poor work. I am well aware that not all workers are as poorly trained as the one that has our area, but unfortunately his/her kind of work skills stand out far more than the ones who do the job right. Sad, I would certainly be ashamed to admit that I am an equipment operator in Prince George.
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