I sure hope that those who have paid north of $1000 are business owners, or have a very long driveway. I may be in the wrong line of work this winter.
Shoveling and clearing the walks sure is nice for the folks delivering mail, papers, etc. When I delivered the Trib for many years on several different routes, the difference was amazing how one house would have a walk almost completely clear and the next one where folks never shovel would be a thick layer of packed down ice, often hidden by more snow on top.
On a related note, I was in GH over the holidays and the snow melt system for the downtown sidewalks is great! You can see a huge difference between the areas that aren't heated and the ones that are. I've heard that the system was controversial due to the cost but it really does make downtown more accessible and probably helps business. As my parents get older and eventually into the fall-down-might-break-a-hip range I love to think that they can still go to Jumpin Java, Hostetters, Great Harvest, Dee Lite, Kirby House, and some of their other favorite places down there.
I'm going to make an educated guess that you still have a paper route.
Unfortunately I had to give up the routes so that I could focus full-time on my posting career. As an industry, arguing with people on the internet about socialism is quite a lucrative field with lots of openings, but you have to keep your skill set up to date by learning all the latest terminology such as "Sh#tt Romney" and "Hitlery Clinton". I also have a side job writing reviews of people and things that are terrible. I call them 'editorials'.
Looking back on it, it's pretty mind blowing that the Tribune had so many young kids carrying significant amounts of cash around when collecting from customers. On a good Saturday when I caught a lot of folks at home (and a lot of them would try to dodge me) I'd have a couple hundred in cash on me (a completely absurd amount of money when you're 11). GH is probably one of the only places safe enough for that to be practical as I never heard of anyone getting robbed. Do they still do that or do you just get a bill in the mail like you would for any other industry? Nowadays being a carrier is probably harder since you have to cover more ground to get the same number of customers. Back then like 75% of houses were subscribers, and I'm sure that number is way down nowadays.
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