Dear Mr SnowPlowMan

I totally understand that you are paid to clear away the snow from the swanky apartment buildings next to my shabby chic one. I totally understand that these people who pay crazy amounts in condo fees cannot be allowed to wake up to face the day with even a smidgen of snow in their forecourt or in the driveway. That would just be a total catastrophe of the highest order. I get that, I totally do. I just do not understand why you have to bring your big huge noisy exhaust-belching truck to scrape away the top layer of cobblestones with the snow, at 3 o’clock every freaking morning. I mean, come on man! Normal people are asleep at that time (and I use the term “normal” very loosely). Maybe in the apartment block next door they have soundproof triple glazing so they don’t get to hear their condo fees at work. I don’t have that luxury. I don’t pay for you yet I get to be reminded almost daily that you are paid exorbitantly to disturb my sleep. Well, I have news for you, man. I am quite certain that your work could be done at 6am just as well, and that I would have no problem with. If I were paranoid I would think you were employed by the people who want me out of here (Mr Downstairs) – but I am very hopeful that you disturb his sleep too.


Look, I understand you have a job to do, but can you do it somewhere else at that ungodly hour of the morning? And if you have to come so bloody early, can you at least phone me to tell me to shut the freaking window?

7 responses to “Dear Mr SnowPlowMan

  1. You have my sympathy – you surely do. Used to feel the same way in the condo in San Diego my boss provided when I returned to help him. AC didn’t work great — I prefer open window — listening to the “sounds of passion” ricocheting off the “cement canyon” walls would wake me up every time! How I hated it.

    Doesn’t your community have laws against noise like that between certain hours at night? I’d sure check. And I might even complain to the office of the next door condo. (My mother used to say you could be as dumb as necessary on the phone as the person wouldn’t recognize you on the street!). I sure would be complaining if I were you. Good luck. What a way to start the year out.

  2. welcome to my blog Karalyn – we have tried numerous times complaining to the condo office, my landlord and the super have also made their own complaints, but to no avail.

    and to those who are wondering why i have my window open in January in subzero weather? well, my apartment building doesn’t allow us to control our own heat, so as a result, because many of the residents are elderly, there is a constant temperature of around 80 degrees in each apartment. opening a window helps – not much, but at least we don’t boil to death. i guess it is a lesser of two evils….

  3. I don’t think it is his personal pleasure to work at 3 o’clock in the morning.

    I suppose someone sends him there so that you should be able to walk on a cleared sidewalk, once you get up at 7 or whatever.

    So next time he wakes you up, bring him down a thermos of hot tea or coffee.

    He sure will appreciate it.

  4. They have to plow every morning, how much snow do you get??? Here on Barnacle we cheer when the plow finally makes his appearance.

  5. Canada…

  6. It sounds to me as if someone is the victim of a snowjob.

  7. It stinks, but there isn’t really a good solution. That snowplow has to do 10 buildings before about 6 am when the first people begin leaving for work. So he probably begins as 2 am and spends 20 to 30 minutes at each location. So, somebody, somewhere, will be hearing him during the wee hours of the morning.

    Maybe the only solution is to wear earplugs when you sleep? Not a particularly good solution, but the only one I can think of right now.

    Wait, I have a better solution …

    … move to Monsey! 🙂

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