When I was growing up in the Great White Northeast of New England, we looked forward to snow storms, and not just for the obvious reasons (sledding, snow forts, snow balls, and cancelled classes).
A good snow storm meant cold cash.
The kids in our neighborhood would fan out the moment the last flake fell (and often before), ringing bells and offering to shovel sidewalks for money.
It occurs to me that in this neighborhood, where the average house doesn’t even own a snow shovel (or you would certainly be forgiven for thinking so, judging by the state of the sidewalk this past week), that would be a fine tradition to renew.
I’d like to hear from you all: would you welcome a youngster ringing your bell after this week’s snowstorm and offering to take care of the shoveling for you? What do you think is a fair price to pay?
I don’t remember exactly, but I seem to remember that when I was growing up, back in 19<cough><cough>, we would let the customer suggest the amount, but it was generally around $5 – $10, and I could expect to go home with $50 or so in my pocket and a healthy appetite in my belly. I imagine inflation will have changed that some.
I also wonder whether people would welcome the shovelers on Saturday, after this first snowfall, or do you think it makes sense to to hold off until Monday and Tuesday deliver the second blow? My opinion is that we’ve all got to walk on Sunday and Monday, plus it will make Wednesday’s job easier if the main of it is cleared already.
What do you think?