Digging out.

11 02 2010

So all week, I’ve wondered when a city snowplow would grace my street with an appearance.

The general consensus here is that the city of Pittsburgh pulled a major FAIL with regards to snow removal. I agree, although since my car was parked in the alley behind my building since last Thursday, and I’ve been very lazy, and interrupted by snowfall, in getting new tires on my little Midgie* (yes, that’s my car’s official name,) I had no plans to drive anywhere, anytime soon.

*More on Midgie another time. But she kicks butt. Snow, whatever. I love her.

Last night a huge monstrosity of a vehicle came down my one way street. And yes, I went outside to the doorstep to take pictures. In my slippers. (Side note: I’ve been inside too long.)

According to BurghsEyeView, it was a Front End Loader GF. Whatever the heck that is. I just compared its size to that of the Jeep Cherokee on the bottom left and decided it was a monstrosity of a vehicle.  All I know is it moved a ton of snow around and made my street look driveable. Some other kind of similar thing visited the street today too. I think it was smaller. I’m not sure.

I posted a pic of my Midgie from Saturday pretending she was a big snowblob in the alley. And after walking all over Bloomfield, Friendship & East Liberty for 5 days, I’d had enough. I wanted to move her. I was slightly afraid of some kind of plow coming through the alley and taking her along with the snow.

So I got up today and went outside. Where I found my snowblob:

Yep, that’s my dear little Midgie. And that’s the view from the alley. There’s a little hillside on the other side of her. It’s maybe 3 1/2 feet high, but you couldn’t tell that right now, because the snow next to her is level with the snow on the high part of the hillside.

When I moved some snow from the driver’s side door, It was so high on the top I just stood and laughed.

And then I looked at what I had to drive through to rescue her:

Are you all laughing with me now? Yeah, I thought so.

But I found a dinky little plastic shovel in the entryway, (the old half metal one is gone) and I set to work. I only removed the snow from the top of the car, the alley-side and the front and a bit of the back. I managed to set off my car alarm (most hideous noise I’ve ever heard) while shoveling snow from it. And then, when I was ready to tackle my windshield and needed some heat to help, the car wouldn’t start. Eventually it did and I’m assuming it was the cold, wet key that caused the problem. Or my car was frozen solid. Either way, it finally started up.

We made it through the clean off and our first obtacle was getting out of the parking spot. I was not optimistic. But Midgie was, apparently, because we not only moved out of the spot, we went all the way to the end! And then another car came along the side street. Uh oh.

I was stuck for maybe 30 seconds in the slushy snow at the end of the alley. Using the common sense of rocking my car out, and one small neighbor girl who pushed (not sure how much help she gave, but she was willing, and I am grateful) we moved along.

I drove around & down my street to find the parking spot the monster vehicles had made was taken. Crap. So me and the Midgie braved the big streets (she did totally fine!) hit up the stores and came home.

I’m now parked 1/2 a block down, in a spot that was kind of made by the monster vehicles. I’m hoping to try to move her again tomorrow since I had plans for tomorrow night.

Here’s hoping…



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