It was the cold winter of 1958. I plowed three driveways, for $3 a piece ($3 was quite a bit back then). I'd go out and plow them with the old diesel tractor and then go home (this is when we used to get ten foot of snow every winter).
Then the driveways slowly grew. It went from three to nine to twelve... and pretty soon I had over sixty driveways to plow. There I was, seventeen years old, still in high school and out all night in the blowing snow plowing with the old diesel.
With all of the driveways, I had over $400 on me all the time. Back then, gas was $0.35 a gallon. Quite the change, now being 75 years old and still plowing. Of course, I've upgraded since then, with the new WESTERN plow and pickup it's definitely a lot warmer. The ol' -30 degree weather and winds are a little too nippy for me to go out on a tractor and plow now.
We don't even get five foot of snow either anymore. Maybe if we're lucky we might. I also don't charge $3 a plow either, since now things have gone up, like gas prices.
It's been quite a journey to go from three driveways to 60 by the end of the month. It's the quality and effort that you put into plowing... that's what makes the difference.