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Like A Good Neighbor … etc.

The state of the manse’s driveway at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. And a panoramic view of the surrounding estates in the Far Reaches of Fairfax, less than a moment before.
Unlike some communities, we suffer from a lack of hardy teens — armed with shovels and eager for cash. The prospective labor force shortage for snow removal extends into other nearby clusters.
There are no “contact me’s” on the neighborhoods’ town crier and postings.
The situation in this regard can be compared to China’s demographics.
But alas, to the rescue — consistently in the decade plus, has come a neighbor with his trusty ancient snow blower to attack driveways like ours and sidewalks like these after the latest dumping of three inches of snow frosted with an inch or so of ice Sunday/Monday.
My only real contribution to this came with the suggestion: “wait until 2,” presuming some of the mess would melt away. Never happened!
Sun out for only minutes; temps in the mid-30s and steady northeast winds between 15 and 20 mph.
Within minutes after 2 , there was our neighbor — politically divergent as we are [being polite here] — crossing the street to our drive, then our walks with our thanks through the open garage door.
The week before with eight plus inches of heavy, heavy snow, he cleared the up-and-down clusters’ walks.
For what it’s worth, we did the deck.


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