It was a blizzard in Chicago and we were working at the University of Chicago. We spent the night there and got up at 2 a.m. for snow removal.
There was a foot of snow and it was very cold out on this late night/early morning in February. I remember opening the door up to get out of the dorm where we slept and I had to push the door to get out because of how much snow there was blocking it. Then, you couldn't even see where the stairs were. I wanted to just go back in and go to sleep.
We needed to get campus cleared by 7 a.m. and it was going to be impossible by the looks of it. I remember it being a real challenge driving the plow truck. The snow was just too deep for the truck and plow. I had to keep reversing and going back into drive just to be able to push the snow. It was a pretty dire situation dealing with it all.
We ended up getting campus cleared only to find out they closed campus and only emergency vehicles were supposed to be out on the streets. A lot of people were impressed by what we accomplished that day.
I learned that you could never be completely prepared. Anything and everything can happen.