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My kids just made up a flier for a shoveling business for my neighborhood.
A few years ago when Seattle had a crippling snowstorm, a kid from Idaho brought his truck and snowplow blade and made something like $40K in a week by working 18-hour days. To be fair, we don't get that kind of snow very often, so we don't have nearly the economy already set up for plowing parking lots. Mostly the snow melts out in a day or two so most businesses don't bother plowing.
 

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A few years ago when Seattle had a crippling snowstorm, a kid from Idaho brought his truck and snowplow blade and made something like $40K in a week by working 18-hour days. To be fair, we don't get that kind of snow very often, so we don't have nearly the economy already set up for plowing parking lots. Mostly the snow melts out in a day or two so most businesses don't bother plowing.
When I was in Vancouver BC, I ended up walking to work via the bus route. (and passed a few of the busses on the route I would have been on).. It was '97 or '98, and we got a dumping: like 4"-6". but that's enough to cripple the city.

Back here in Montreal, 4"-6" is enough to "think about" maybe shoveling - we got that last night! (But then again, we now have a winter tire law: Dec 1 to April 1st, winter tires (Snowflake & Mountain symbol) are mandatory. Pity people still think this & 4WD / AWD makes them invulnerable / impervious to..
 

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Idaho National Guard Uses the left Runway at Boise. The airport used to be a fair distance from the city proper.
With the growth of the city a developer decided to place a subdivision right along the flight path.
At the time the Gaurd was still flying the marvelous F4. It wasn’t long before complaints were being made the the guard base was making too much noise.
I fault #1 the developer, #2 the home owner who just happened to purchase a home at the end of a runway where low and behold military planes take off and land!
 

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Out here, we had a similar situation. There was a nice wooded hill called Cougar Mountain just a little ways out of town. Developers cut a lot of trees and put in subdivisions. The new owners of houses in subdivisions named things like Cougar Glen were Very, Very Upset that there were cougars that came into the subdivisions looking for dinner, and hey, doesn't Fluffy look tasty?
 
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A few years ago when Seattle had a crippling snowstorm, a kid from Idaho brought his truck and snowplow blade and made something like $40K in a week by working 18-hour days. To be fair, we don't get that kind of snow very often, so we don't have nearly the economy already set up for plowing parking lots. Mostly the snow melts out in a day or two so most businesses don't bother plowing.
One semester in college I set up my classes to fall on MWF which allowed me to pick up lunch shifts at work. I woke up one morning in the middle of a fairly big surprise snowstorm that wasn't supposed to stop until late in the day. My car wouldn't start, so I called work and let them know I was walking in and would be a little late, then hit the road. We lived just off of the main road, so I was on US 27 within minutes. As I was walking up to the stoplight at Highland Avenue, a beer truck pulled up next to me and stopped. Visibility was almost nil, so it took me about two seconds to decide to hitch a ride on the back bumper of the beer truck. Only a few people even noticed me back there. They beeped and waved. We made the trip at about 10 mph, but I was to work within five minutes. Once we were near our parking lot, I just stepped off and walked the rest of the way to work. My boss was surprised when I walked in early after calling and telling him to expect me late, and he loved the hitchhiking story.

Sorry, this was supposed to be in reply to Dr. Wogz post.
 
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