While clearing snow this week, I was thinking back to my "Glory Days of Snow Clearing". Ah, yes the good ole days when a face full of snow from the blower didn't bother me. I remember when the more snow I had to clear, the better. The spout was always wide open on the blower and I loved to see the white stuff rocketing through the air. I would go out and clear my driveway as well as the driveway's of my 3 nearest neighbors. And I was out there clearing just the slightest bit of accumulation off the driveway.
And then, I bought a pair of goggles as a poor man's cab, and it all seemed to start changing. Now, I have the spout control and carefully place the snow, very little rocketing and more piles. I use the rear blade more. There needs to be at least 4" of accumulation before I even start to contemplate going out. I only do 1 neighbor.
I attribute this to a few things. My work situation has changed from mostly office work to mostly outdoor work (this is the biggie). Also neighborhood tensions play a part. And perhaps age, I just seem to be cold more often and for longer periods of time. Oh well, I still get seat time, which allows for this deep reflection time apparently!
How have your habits changed/evolved and why?