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Following a Boston plowman's battle with the snow

Posted by Andrew Tran  February 9, 2013 05:53 PM

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The big snow storm of '13 descended onto Greater Boston and Pete DeMarco was out in his plow truck for the duration, helping dig folks out. Here's a collection of his tweets in chronological order starting Thursday night.


Following a Boston plowman's battle with the snow

Blizzard '13 is upon us and Pete DeMarco was out in his plow truck for the duration. Here's a collection of his tweets in chronological order starting Thursday night.

Storified by Cambridge Boston.com· Sat, Feb 09 2013 14:52:21

Extra salt bags bought, batteries on sander engines checked, cutting edges replaced, de-icer in the trucks ... 1 million pre-storm details!Pete DeMarco
My partner & Dad, Sam, a Bliz78 plow vet, is very fired up. He talks snow like most people talk sports. Currently slugging chains onto tiresPete DeMarco
Do it!!!!!! RT @klemanowicz: The time has come to raise the snow forecast. I'm doing it. See it at 10 on @fox25news #foxblizzardPete DeMarco
On second thought, even I'm terrified of two feet. The next 48 hours are going to be way memorablePete DeMarco
First precip! But its only sleet ...Pete DeMarco
You know you work for a family biz when both aunts bake cookies for me to munch in the plowtruck. Oatmeal-raisin-cran & ChChip! #BOSNOWPete DeMarco
Checking on ambulance access for senior housing we plow, D&D opening times for Sat., etc. Steep driveways all de-iced. Waiting game #BOSNOWPete DeMarco
OK Blizzard. Got some sleep. Long underwear is on. Here I come! #bosnow http://lockerz.com/s/282293460Pete DeMarco
"We got more snow in 8 hours than two days of the Blizzard of 1978." - cousin Gene arriving at the garagePete DeMarco
Pulling the trucks out after 90 minutes of digging out driveway. Finally! http://telly.com/1ZJQYSPete DeMarco
Parking lot # 1 done! My God ... #BOSNOWPete DeMarco
"We got more snow in 8 hours than in all of Blizzard of 78" - cousin Gene who plows with us #bosnowPete DeMarco
About 52 unexpected obstacles already. Dodging downed power lines the latest #bosnowPete DeMarco
Saw my dad for first time. Gave him a hug. "You're getting a blizzard of your own." He's now in loader #bosnow http://lockerz.com/s/282329151Pete DeMarco
Without a front end loader you're dead in the water. Water being 3 feet of the frozen kind. Thanks got we have a few #bosnowPete DeMarco
First breakdown. Truck dead. Our driver is so cold sitting there he's numb. Time for jumper cables. Yet more problems! #bosnowPete DeMarco
Half streets unplowed. Driving no better than at 5 am! With streets so rugged I feel like I'm offroad in a Jeep commercial #bosnowPete DeMarco
If Gov lifts driving ban before 3 pm we are all in big trouble #bosnowPete DeMarco
Here's out busy I've been: I've been up since 330 am and just now realized I forgot to get a cup of coffee. Adrenaline's cool thing #bosnowPete DeMarco
Ok phone stinks . Can't upload any pictures. So trust me when I say snow drifts higher than 8 feet in this lot. Can I go home yet! #bosnowPete DeMarco
Wow. Black pavement on Lynn Fells parkway. First time I've seen that today #bosnowPete DeMarco
Lots of people with hand shovels giving me longing looks. Sorry! No time to help! #bosnowPete DeMarco
Hey hey a city of Melrose sidewalk machine cleared a driveway for me. Makes up for the 30 driveways city trucks have buried - not! #bosnowPete DeMarco
Weird gas station break. Two 15 yr olds ask me to buy cigs for them & attendant says "satellite is down" so no credit cards. #bosnowPete DeMarco
Old toothless man waves at me to plow out his car. It's buried behind 5 feet of snow. I tell him sorry. He bites his gums & shrugs #bosnowPete DeMarco
Julie & Charline smiled so wide I had to help them with their driveway. In return they snapped my pic #bosnow http://lockerz.com/s/282390240Pete DeMarco
Plow fatigue setting in. About 75% if yards open #bosnowPete DeMarco
This kid named Shaquille is helping shovel sidewalks. I thanked him for saving me the trouble. "YOU shovel!" Hey I'm not THAT old #bosnowPete DeMarco
Oops, Dad's getting crabby. Sign that we are quitting soon. In fairness we are all spent. #bosnowPete DeMarco
Did a friend a favor & came this close to catastrophe aka getting stuck in a snowbank. No good deed ... #bosnowPete DeMarco
Loading up the sanders. Can end be in sight? So hungry I could eat a dinosaur. Sorry, Barney. #bosnowPete DeMarco
Sunset up in my front end loader #bosnow http://lockerz.com/s/282410211Pete DeMarco

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