Shoveled out and emptied (no city tag).

Return Home “To Do” List: Multiple Choice

You’ve just returned to Minnesota, tired and hungry late on a Sunday night, from somewhere 50° (or 100°!) degrees warmer.**

What’s the first thing you do upon arriving home via Uber?

A. Check on your two teenage kids (presumably, studying in their rooms);
B. Check on your dog.
C. Unpack.
D. Raid the fridge.
E. Make sure the cars start (i.e., the car batteries are OK).
F. Shovel out your garbage and recycling bins in the back alley.
G. Move your car from in front of your house (on a boulevard) to a quiet side street.

Correct Answer:  “G.” followed by “F.”

“We’re Home!” (not so fast)

I recognize that Moms and Dads may answer that question differently — and allow that everything on the list is a priority (of course).

Not shoveled out = not emptied . . . and tagged(!) by the City of Minneapolis.

But, if there was a big storm (or several) while you were out-of-town, and there’s a snow emergency imminently about to go into effect upon your return, priority #1 BY FAR is to move your car before it gets towed.

Task #2?

Shovel out your garbage (black) and recycling bins (blue) so that they’ll be emptied first thing Monday am.

As opposed to, skipped and tagged — yes, tagged — by the city.

**In our case, to the Bay Area to visit son #1 (and now college freshman). And yes, we left a sitter in charge of the kids and dog.

See also, “Winter Humor: Minnesota vs. Miami (& Elsewhere).”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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