You learned how to pick lobster meat.
You learned how to mix a great Bloody Mary (1).
And you learned how to shovel.
"Shovel?" I hear you thinking. "How hard is it to shovel?"
If we're just talking the physical act of shoveling, not hard at all.
If, however, we're discussing the etiquette and art of shoveling...well that's another thing altogether.
First, if you are shoveling a pathway your finished path should be wider than the shovel itself. The one swipe and then you're done method...that was the kind of shoddy work that used to get us all sent back outside for another pass.
If your neighbor has shoveled first it's pretty much good manners to take the extra time to connect your shoveled piece of the sidewalk to their shoveled piece of the sidewalk. Leaving two or three feet undone because of some vague sense of property line is, well, kind of sad.
And, finally, if your neighbor has taken the time to shovel their car out and you just haven't had the chance it's fine to grab the empty space...as long as you shovel it forward. If your car is in a space that you haven't shoveled, clean another one out for the guy whose space you took. If everyone does it the street gets cleaned out and, saints be praised, parking for everyone.
He's not sure exactly why (2) but somewhere out there my dad is very, very proud.
1. Okay. Maybe that was just at my house.
2. As he is not one of my three readers... Oh! And one follower! I have a follower! Hi follower!!!