This email arrived from the Montgomery Gazette this afternoon:
From: Donaghue, Erin <email@example.com>
Sent: Wed Feb 10
Subject: question from the Gazette
Hi pucksandbooks, this is Erin Donaghue writing with the Gazette in Montgomery County. We’re trying to set up a photo for sometime this weekend of hockey along the C&O Canal, and your name came up when I did an Internet search. I understand most of the action happens near Lock 7. Do you know of any planned hockey games within the next few days (after the weather hopefully clears up) that we could send a photog out to? Thanks. –Erin
Honestly, I hadn’t thought about returning to the Canal for shinny with all this snow. I mean, you’d need a backhoe to clear it off, no? Theoretically, it could be done, I suppose, but in my reply to Erin I suggested that it was highly unlikely, given the volume of snow locals have already muscled out of their driveways and around their homes here the past week. Would they really pack up the gear, head down to the Canal, and shovel even more — a lot more? Doesn’t hurt that we have, amazingly enough, a three-day weekend ahead of us. “I know the devotion of shinny players,” I wrote Erin.
So tell me, you who’ve already skated the Canal this winter, or missed out and cursed your bad luck, would you really try and shovel it clear for some skating this weekend?