Saturday, February 15, 2014

Giveaway winner, and a not-hypothetical snow-shovel question

Thank you all for your patience -- I ended up driving to and from RVA yesterday, and ended up practically walking in the door straight to my bed at the end of the night, and didn't get to the drawing of the ALONE FOREVER comic winner.  The winner, drawn via random number generator, is Shannon from River City Reading!  Yay!

On another note entirely, a totally-not-hypothetical question for you, readers:  Is it ethical to, say, borrow a neighbor's snow shovel without asking IF it is 7AM on a day everyone has as a snow day (therefore, people possibly sleeping in), and the shovel is out in the yard?  I found out my husband acquired a shovel this way yesterday to very kindly dig my car out of over a foot of snow, and I was AGHAST.  "You have to ask, or, like, shovel their driveway too now!" I said.  He shrugged.  I ran inside, composed a thank you card explaining he hadn't wanted to wake them given the time and that we were SO SORRY and HERE IS A BAG OF COOKIES AS THANKS/APOLOGIES.  

I mean, our only shovel was a tiny garden shovel, and I really needed to get out of the driveway.  So I'm not begrudging him -- lord knows I was lucky to have someone so willing & uncomplaining to do the task.  But on a scale of 1-10, how pissed would you be if you got a bag of cookies out of the deal instead of a shoveled driveway as penance?  

*shifty, embarrassed eyes*  I hate to think I've been a bad neighbor, even by proxy!


  1. I think it's fine to borrow the shovel as long as you leave a note. And actually know your neighbor.

  2. Yeah I think it's ethical as long as you put it back where you found it. You can thank them later; nobody wants to be woken up at 7am just b/c you need a shovel. Haha.

    1. Ran into them this morning and did just that -- they were totally chill. *phew!*