Yeah, I know. Unless you are a huge fan of outdoor winter sports, the very last thing a Minnesotan does is pray for snow. Under normal conditions, most of us are praying for it to just please go away.
But.....these are not normal conditions.
In the fall of the year the city street maintenance crews are busy. Over the summer cracks have appeared in the streets. If left unattended, water will get into these cracks, freeze, expand and we will have potholes the size of Connecticut by the time spring arrives. I completely understand why the cracks in the streets can not go unattended.
Before these cracks can be filled in, the crews use a machine to cut the asphalt and enlarge the cracks to about 3 inches across. According to one of the crew I was chatting with yesterday, this process makes it possible to completely fill in each crack, which they couldn't do if they didn't enlarge them.
The machine they use for this job is LOUD. Think chalk dragged across a chalkboard. Times 5. All day. 7 AM to 6 PM. Did I mention it was LOUD?
The sound defies closed windows. It can be clearly heard over my music. I have no ear plugs. Cotton and balled up Kleenex fall out of my ears. There is no escape.
Today is day number three of the work on the street in front of my building. The only thing I know for sure is that the crews never do this kind of work in the winter.
So Dear Lord, it's about that snow.....
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