I bet you could really use a great snow shoveling hack today, right? After the weekend's reckoning with Winter Storm Jonas, the east coast is covered in a thick layer of snow. If you're in a city like New York like I am, whoever is shoveling the show (bless you) from the sidewalks is piling it into epic mountains that tower over my head. Apparently, if you're dealing with flat, wide open spaces, like lawns, there's an easier, and much prettier way to deal with snow. And it's much less labor intensive. So throw away that snow shovel (actually don't, that's a bit aggressive, you might need it for something else), and get with some sweet snow removal tips.
The snow hack is "West Virginia Style" and advises not "breaking your back" shoveling snow the old-fashioned way — you know, with a shovel. The technique involves "rolling" the snow up, as if it were rolled lawn. It looks surprisingly simple, and much, much easier than hauling snow around with a shovel. Meanwhile, the effect of snail trails of snowless paths throughout the yard, and the leaf decorated snow bails, is actually quite pretty. Here's exactly how the method works, so you can try it to clear some snow this blizzard, or in the next one:
1. "Make A Little Snow Ball"
The first step is throwing your shovel to the side, and using your hands to make a snowball on the ground. This doesn't have to be perfect, but it's going to be what let's you move onto step two, which is the really breathtaking part...
2. Then You Start Rolling
Start rolling your little snowball into the snow, collecting more snow as you go. It's kind of like a hay bale or a cinnamon scroll, just made out of snow (and leaves and other garden crap that gets picked up along the way) instead!
3. Keep Rollin', Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'
Yes, I just made a really dated Limp Bizkit joke, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? This is some valuable advice I'm bringing you so I'll made as many lame rap-punk jokes as I like!
4. Rollin' With The Homies
Squee! Yet more outdated jokes! Meanwhile, keep rolling, because the more you roll, and the bigger your snowball gets, the more compacted the snow in the middle will become, which will make your snow bale more solid.
5. Look At These Snail Trails!
These little meandering snail trails of cleared snow really get me going. I don't know why. If it were me, I'd be trying to create some giant art that was only visible from the sky with this. That, or spelling out "Farts".
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