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January 16, 2007 / Maleesha Kovnesky

Battlesnow Drivewaytica

I know it’s been a long time since diagrams have been posted…but the wait is over!

There was an episode of Blue’s Clues last week that discussed the physics of ramps.  To recap:

Ok, now that we have recapped, let’s get to the point.  Our driveway, just a tad west of our neighbor’s driveway, has been collecting snow all year.  The wind kicks up a bit, scrapes off the top layer of snow in all of Teller County, and deposits each and every ice crystal in our driveway. (Fig. 2)  We (when I say we, I mean Wasband) have had to shovel many, many times; some of those times occuring on the same day, just to get out. 

Enough is enough!

 So Wasband decided to build a snow fence.  He built it out of snow (materials are cheap at the moment).  Perfect!  Now all the snow would hit the snow fence and just collect there, eventually blocking out our view and forming a large glacial mass that would eventually take out Colorado Springs, and maybe even Pueblo if enough snow comes in the spring.

This plan did not work.  Refer to Figures 1 and 2. 

The snow fence is acting like a launch pad for the snow…it hits the fence, goes up, up, up and over, and has the precise trajectory to land…right in our neighbor’s driveway.  (Fig. 3) This cannot be good for relations.  We are fully expecting them to put their snowblower on the Return Fire setting and shoot it right back over. 

It’s too late to demolish the snow snow fence.  It’s kind of turned into an eight foot tall, thirty foot wide block of ice.  It might be visible from the moon.  I can tell you what will definitely be visible from the moon: the rage in my neighbor’s eyes, once he catches on to Figure 3.



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  1. pikespeakdenise / Jan 30 2007 6:46 am

    I am having many PEBCAK errors (yes, I had to Google that, acronym nerd I am not) attempting to set up stuff around here. Damn, I just got used to the way crappy MySpace works, you can’t expect me to get high tech all of a sudden! 😉

  2. maleesha / Jan 28 2007 2:25 am

    I’m sure it’s a PEBCAK error. Glad you are here!

  3. pikespeakdenise / Jan 17 2007 9:52 pm

    It took a lot of effort, but I’m finally here. Had to specifically allow this site even though my cookie settings are supposedly correct, in addition to going through their zillion step sign up procedure.

    However, after seeing your latest blog it was well worth the effort. This is hilarious!!! Your diagrams rock, as always. If you need to hide from the neighbors, just come on over. If you can get here.

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