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Confessions of a plowman

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  December 9, 2009 02:45 PM

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Yesterday, Jalopnik expressed appreciation for Esquire's feature on driving in North Dakota, praising the writer's "short-form poetry" on the subject.

Today, after a slush-caked morning, we've got our own Peter DeMarco, who writes the "Who Taught You to Drive?" column in the regional Globe editions, expressing the great aura of snowplowing. What others may see as icy, tiring, back-and-forth labor, DeMarco takes this welcome service as an adrenaline rush, even at 4 a.m.

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"You can take the ugliest-looking parking lot in the city, sprinkle it with a few inches of powdery snow, and it looks as beautiful as the most pristine forest," he says. "To me, snow is the great equalizer."

Eat that, Esquire.

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