5:00 a.m. Wake up and look out window. Be happy that yesterday's forecast was right—several inches of new snow has fallen. There's work to be done.
5:10 a.m. Get dressed in six layers of heavy winter clothing. Begin interminable wait until 9 a.m., the earliest possible hour that civilized society has deemed acceptable for a person to start his snow blower on a Saturday morning.
6:30 a.m. Start snow blower.
7:20 a.m. After taking twice as long as necessary to clear driveway, start work on the sidewalk and curb in front of your mailbox. Thoroughly brush all snow from top of mailbox itself. (Drying with a clean, soft cloth [...]