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Tales from the Plow

Mover and shaker in cold, wet world

Years from now, when I’m still telling the tale of what it was like to be a snowplow driver during the Blizzard of 2013, I might just begin at 11 a.m. ­Saturday morning, when I was driving down an unplowed Malden side street in my glistening red, white, and black pickup truck, the first vehicle anyone who lived there had seen all day.

Children who had climbed atop snowbanks as tall as their parents waved at me; a man with a long-lens camera took my picture as if shooting a lion on safari; others just stared longingly at me, their shovels held upside-down in utter ­defeat.

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