Last week, I was kvetching about shoveling snow and how I was looking for angels to help me clear my sidewalks and driveway. You will recall how three entrepreneurial New Brighton teenagers were mentioned in a Staten Island Advance article. Instead of hanging out watching TV or playing video games and being unproductive, these three teens hit the streets and started shoveling. http://www.gillanihomes.com/blog/winter-and-snowsno-fun.html
Well, today was another nasty Monday morning that greeted the Northeast with snow and sleet. I quickly shoveled the sidewalk when I realized that maybe it was not a good idea as the icy rain continued. Would it become more hazardous to walk on if I shoveled and it continued to rain? Since my Sweathogs training was still on for this morning at the Staten Island Board of Realtors, I knew I couldn't let my team down so made a concerted effort to attend.
Would I be able to get my car up the steep driveway in the snow and ice without shoveling? I made it halfway when I got stuck on a patch of ice--drove forward and backward to no avail. Finally, I got out, shoveled underneath, in the back and in the front of where I was stuck. On second try, my car made it to the street. I attended my training and on the return trip was greeted by ice on all sidewalks and roads. Keeping my car in second gear, I cautiously made it home safely. The ruts I had made in the snow in the morning had turned into ice ruts. The car went in the garage, and I began to work on the shoveling.
Where were those three teens from my blog last week? Where were the angels, I asked? Just then two young men were standing in front of me and asked if I needed help. OK! Jacob Paneto, a recent graduate of Curtis High School and Jahlil Harvell, a student at IS 61, began the backbreaking job of chopping the ice and clearing it from my walkway. After that, they worked on the driveway and finished up with spreading salt to hopefully melt whatever is to come next.
These teens happily worked as a team, and we negotiated a fair price at the completion of their job. I want to publicly thank Jacob and Jahlil for helping me today. There are good people here in New Brighton, and I am glad I made their acquaintance on such a stressful day. Kudos to you, Jacob and Jahlil!
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