Truck is stuck.
So how did this happen, you wonder? I think I have the answer.
It was early Monday morning. The blizzard was tapering off, and the low-paid, non-union workers of the city were beginning their workday. Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg cautioned all those who didn’t have to go outside to stay indoors, but low-paid, non-union workers do have to go outside, even during a blizzard.
The delivery truck driver was driving across 19th Street, minding his own business, going the right way, when all of a sudden a snowplow turned the corner and came down the street, going the wrong way, pushing snow in front of it as it went along, as snowplows do. Both drivers honked their respective horns at each other, speaking words to the effect of “Where the cuss do you think you’re going, you cussing cuss?!”* The snowplow driver quickly realized he was at fault when he looked around and saw cars parked in the same direction as the hitherto-incorrectly-presumed-errant delivery truck.
Both stopped, but it was too late for the delivery truck driver — the snow mound was in place before him and could not be moved, for snowplows are designed to push snow forward and to the side, not pull it backwards.
“No big deal,” he must have thought. “I’ll just back up and go up Park Avenue instead.”
But it was not meant to be, for at that very moment another snowplow came up from behind, pushing snow in front of it as it went along, as snowplows do. The driver honked his horn when he got behind the now snowbound delivery truck. He stopped, but it was too late for the delivery truck driver — the snow mound was in place behind him and could not be moved, for snowplows are designed to push snow forward and to the side, not pull it backwards.
All three drivers emerged from their vehicles, dumbfounded, and considered the situation. The snowplow drivers had a right-jolly laugh at the absurdity of it. What was the probability of such an occurrence? Both of them got back into their snowplows and backed their way back down the street, leaving the delivery truck driver to contemplate his fate.
* I just saw The Fantastic Mr. Fox!