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Doing Things the Old-fashioned Way


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Upon our arrival home a few moments ago, we found the following note by our front door included in a nice little gift:

Hello Youngs!

I snuggled in bed yesterday a.m. longer than usual, enjoying the warmth of the down; but also thinking about shoveling. Having celebrated my 75th birthday this month and wondering why Ice Busters never called back after I talked with them in September. I decided to get up and do some snow removal myself. I “happened” to peer out my bedroom window to see Kent strolling away, with a shovel over his shoulder and, my walks and driveway were clear!

Thank you, thank you, thank you – I so appreciate your work, but it’s never expected, please know. Enjoy the spirits, both of you.

The note and gift were from one of our longtime neighbors. We share this, not out of boastful desire, but because Kent volunteered as an Ice Buster last year and was paired with a young, healthy, self-absorbed woman who was simply “too busy” to shovel her own walk. She was neither elderly or disabled, the criteria for qualifying for Ice Buster volunteer services. Kent did not re-up with Ice Busters this year. Instead, he is now relying on a much simpler and far more rewarding method of pairing up with someone in need of snow shoveling: look out for your neighbors.

The well meaning Ice Busters program is attempting to step in and replace what we have slowly lost over many years but is nevertheless still recoverable: our sense of community.

Here’s to looking out for your neighbor in 2011!

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One Response to “Doing Things the Old-fashioned Way”

  1. Seth Brigham says:

    I’m all for a sense of community, but don’t knock anyone who might volunteer for the “ice busters.”

    As for me, I live in a pretty wealthy part of Boulder, a mix of residents and mostly out of town college kids.

    More than 50 % of the sidewalks never get shoveled, many due to absentee landlords.

    As for me, I need a little incentive to commit to shoveling someone else’s walkway/driveway.

    As when I was a boy in New England… $20 will get your sidewalk and driveway cleared rather than $50 or more for a pro.

    The old fashioned way, with a shovel.

    Unless, of course, you live in a mansion on the hill with a huge driveway, and, you’re not an apartment building or a slum landlord…

    Free advertising? No, just an offer. It’s always nice if there’s some “positive reinforcement.”

    On the hill, and if you like, or not… I’ll take a tour of my neighborhood this afternoon with camera in hand just to show you how many people have no sense of community, as they never shovel their sidewalks, year after year.

    Where do I send the incriminating evidence?

    How about that for a sense of our community on the west side of the hill !!!

    Any takers?

    sethbrigham@gmail.com

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