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SNOW!!

I love snow. I love being in snow. I love shoveling and clearing snow. I have discovered that I am not in the majority when it comes to my love of snow. Especially my love of clearing snow off cars. When I left work today, I cleared off my car, then I cleared off Kevin's car (the only one left of my co-worker's cars) then I had the urge to clear off the rest of the 20+ cars in the lot. Yes, I love clearing off cars. So, since I have no set schedule on weekday mornings, I was thinking that I could profit off of my love of clearing off cars. The cars in the parking lot are mostly gone when I leave for work, so theoretically, I could get up a little early, throw some clothes on and clear off cars! YAY! That would be an excellent way to start the morning. And an excellent way for everyone else to start off without having to do it. I'm just starting to think about specifics, so please fill out this poll for me. Questions #2 & #3, please answer in US dollars as close as you can.

Poll #1316359 Snow Patrol

Do you like clearing snow off of your car?

Yes
2(11.1%)
No
12(66.7%)
Depends (elaborate in comments, plz)
4(22.2%)

How much would you pay to have your car cleared of all snow when you were ready to leave for work in the morning?

Mean: 2.67 Median: 1 Std. Dev 3.71
0
9(50.0%)
2
4(22.2%)
4
1(5.6%)
6
1(5.6%)
8
1(5.6%)
10
1(5.6%)
12
1(5.6%)
14
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
20
0(0.0%)

How much should I charge to clear my neighbors cars in time for them to leave for work in the morning?

Mean: 7.67 Median: 6 Std. Dev 6.44
0
1(5.6%)
2
5(27.8%)
4
2(11.1%)
6
3(16.7%)
8
0(0.0%)
10
3(16.7%)
12
1(5.6%)
14
0(0.0%)
16
0(0.0%)
18
0(0.0%)
20
3(16.7%)

If I decide to do this, what should I do about ice?

Request that they turn their cars on 15 minutes before they want it cleared regardless of exact precipitation
3(16.7%)
Call each person if there is ice and have them turn their car on
2(11.1%)
Just do snow and leave the ice for them to figure out
9(50.0%)
Something else I will say in the comments
3(16.7%)

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
elyse
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
How much would I have to pay you to come over here and take care of mine? I think snow is one of the least favorite things I have to deal with :(
tenthz
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
If you lived closer, I would do it for free. What's with this 2 hours away thing?
elyse
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
It stinks, I know! :(
misch
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Every time I see someone leave their car outside and running without them being in it, I'm thinking either "Free car!" or "This has Fark.com headline written all over it"
tenthz
Dec. 16th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Well, our parking lot is behind the building and pretty much if you're here, you live here, so I don't think anyone would steal them. Plus, you can have it running and lock it if you have 2 keys. Also, people in Pennsylvania are nicer than NJ. :-P
sillyliss
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
I have two words for you: car starter. And now I have four more words: can't live without it. Plus an extra word: exaggeration.

Seriously, though, I click the button and the car starts. If I had the heat on and the defroster thingy on, the car is like a magical dreamboat by the time I get inside.

Back to Tenth Z: I was thinking maybe $5 a day? I don't know if anyone would pay much more than that. That's just a guess. If you also had a way of warming up the car and ridding it of the ice, that would be worth more, but it would be a lot of trouble for you.
tenthz
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
$5 was my first thought, too. It would only be worth it though if I got a few people to do it. For $5 I won't wake up early. For $15, I probably would. Hm.

The annoying thing about our building is that I couldn't just knock on people's doors and get their keys. They'd have to come out of the building. I guess that would work, though. I could get their car running for them. *thinks more*
sillyliss
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
If they didn't have to leave the building, they might do it. If they had to go out there and start the car, they would probably just clear the snow off themselves. Hmm.
tenthz
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
I can clear snow no problem without having the car on, but ice? Yeah, I wouldn't be comfortable hacking away at someone's car that wasn't mine. Everyone should have remote start. :-P
mountainheather
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
People like me have remote starters. :-D
xwickedqueenx
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
The only reason I can live in MN with these terrible winters is because of our heated underground garage. :) So although I wouldn't need it, it's a neat idea!
spookysaint121
Dec. 17th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
It depends on how much snow there is, for all of them

as for ice, if Im at home I use hot water
tenthz
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
You really shouldn't use hot water - you can crack your windshield.
mountainheather
Dec. 17th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Ice is tough. If I had to start my car 15 minutes beforehand I wouldn't pay someone to scrape it because my mind would already be on it. My biggest problem is planning. I always forget that it's going to take longer to get to work because of the added time to clear snow. If I could get into a schedule where I'd remember, or if I didn't have anywhere to get to, I wouldn't mind it at all. I always feel rushed and that's what I don't like about it. Also if it's absolutely frigid out I don't like to be out there doing work. But if it's just barely cold enough for it to snow, not so bad.
sarahk_xoxo
Dec. 17th, 2008 04:26 am (UTC)
The questions about how much I'd pay depend on what you mean...I picked $2, assuming it was $2 a day.

You couldn't ice scraper off the ice in the mornings? I know its easier with the defrosters going and stuff but if I were paying to have my car cleared I'd not want to have to trek downstairs to turn on my car and then trek back up.
pumpkingod
Dec. 17th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
I kinda feel like the ice scraping is part of the car-clearing-off activity, so I can't imagine doing one without the other.

I don't especially *like* clearing off my car, but it only takes about 5 minutes, even with a minivan. It's the ice that causes it to be a slightly longer process.
anterastilis
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Scraping ice/snow is my all-time least favorite Minnesota winter activity. Period.*

One of my dreams is that Paul will someday clean off my car for me before I get up to go to work. Unfortunately, he leaves before I do and usually is running late, so there's no time to do it. We do have a garage, but it's filled with stuff that is not my car.

Sometimes I like to write stories in my mind about people scraping off their cars. It usually revolves around bumbling criminals who take too long to rob the bank and then get caught while scraping ice off of their getaway car.


*All-time least favorite Minnesota summer activity is picking off ticks.
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