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Cleaning up after the first Nor’easter of the Season

12/27/2010

The driveway 3/4 cleared of the snow (and one of the cars that was in the driveway moved out to the street temporarily.

And in the driveway to the right of my aunt’s Volkswagen is my uncle’s winter pride and joy — the snow blower.  He got about 1/2 of the driveway done by the time I got out there.

Yes, that’s the new trend with New Englanders when it snows — put up the windshield wipers so they don’t get stuck on the window.

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  1. 01/23/2011 at 3:02 pm

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    • 01/24/2011 at 10:43 am

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      Hope this helps a bit better.

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