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Excuses! Excuses!

Looking out at the 15” blanket of snow that covers the ground this morning, I realize I’m going to need some assistance shoveling the yard.  

 

No doubt some of my potential helpers will attempt to excuse themselves from the task. Since I’m known for being a bit of a slave driver when it comes to household chores etc, I’d like your opinion on what constitutes a valid reason for not helping me dig a path back to civilization.  

Which (if any) of the following excuses should I accept as a valid reason for leaving me to shovel the yard on my own this morning:

I promised my friends I’d play Warriors of Zeltron IV: Killer Assassins of Death with them online today.
0(0.0%)
I’d love to help, but I’m left-handed.
2(6.5%)
Do it all yourself! Lord knows you need the exercise.
3(9.7%)
We only have two shovels.
0(0.0%)
I’m only five years old.
3(9.7%)
I’m just here to deliver the pizza.
6(19.4%)
None of the above are valid reasons.
6(19.4%)

 If you can think of another acceptable excuse, please let me know. I’d hate to be unfairly tough on these folks




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black_faery
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
Or...just stay inside and don't shovel the yard? :-D
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
I wish that were an option :)
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a_r_williams
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
Im working on my NOVEL!

And they live in a nice, sunny, warm, climate. Why would I go outside for?

It would only make me lose the tactile sense of me being in touch with my setting. :p
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
'I'm working on my NOVEL!'

Lol, I hadn't thought of excusing myself :)
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mikandra
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC)
Why shovel what will melt on its own?
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 07:58 am (UTC)
That's a thought. Where did I put my hairdryer ;)
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jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 08:24 am (UTC)
Lol, good one :)
jakobdrud
Dec. 20th, 2009 09:22 am (UTC)
I live in a different time-zone :-)
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sandy_williams
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Spare the poor pizza man! And how cruel, calling him to your house on so cold a day.

:-)
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
You're right of course. I ssuppose I should have at least ordered a pizza ;)
asakiyume
Dec. 20th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
If that pizza deliverer wants a tip, let 'em hoist a shovel!!
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
My thoughts exactly :)
catephoenix
Dec. 20th, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
They all sound like perfectly valid excuses to me, though you could con the five year old into making a snowman out of the snow in the path.
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
You're too soft :)
mtlawson
Dec. 20th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Being a lefty, I love #2.

If you really want help, I've got three helpers who love to shovel snow. Only two drawbacks:

-They're 6, 8, and 11.
-We live a good 14+ hours away.

They were severely bummed that their snowmen -one normal, one Indiana Jones- collapsed when the snow turned to a light drizzle yesterday. If they knew that there were places that got more than the two inches we got....
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
No problem. Sure it'll be dark by the time they get here, but we have flashlights :)
out_totheblack
Dec. 20th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
There is the, "I'll make myself bleed," which is my husband's reason to not do house work. And, amazingly enough, he does manage to make himself bleed whenever he does pitch in. I don't know how he does it.
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Especially when he's only folding towels ;)
karen_w_newton
Dec. 20th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
Usually, the 5-year-old is the one who's eager to help, to prove he/she is grown up enough. It's the older ones who wimp out on the sofa. My mother was a big advocate of the kitchen timer. "You have to do x for y number of minutes." Sometimes it worked; sometimes we worked as slowly as possible. What would your old gran do?
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
'What would your old gran do?'

Cattle prod. Definitely the cattle prod :(
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musingaloud
Dec. 20th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
My excuse: If you wanted help shoveling, you should have helped me bake cookies!
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a good excuse to me :)
bodgei
Dec. 20th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
I picked Left handed - becasue I'm tired of people complaining that I chuck the snow in the wrong direction. Get over it and get to the other side idjit.

We got 24 inches here...
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
24 inches of snow = :(
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darkspires
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
If you leave it for a day, then some enterprising neighbor kid will come along and offer to shovel if for cash. Perhaps don't order pizza during this time in case the guy slips and sues you.
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Cash? They'd want cash?

Whatever happened to the old 'Shovel a couple of tons of snow for your English neighbors as a goodwill gesture' spirit?
jjschwabach
Dec. 20th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Your neighbors figure it will do their English neighbor good to see what happens when rain turns just a little colder.
jongibbs
Dec. 20th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I don't mind seeing what happens, it's the shovelling bit I'm not fond of :(

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