Dim & Dash: Shoveling Snow

by Brett & Kate McKay on December 22, 2011 · 44 Comments

in Dim & Dash, Visual Guides

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1 JB December 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Dim is saving his money for a 2 stage snow-blower, knowing tomorrow’s 50 degree high will melt the snow before noon anyway.

Dash is going to die of a heart attack in the old lady’s driveway.

2 Robert December 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Dim is being lazy, inconsiderate, selfish and poorly disciplined.

Dash sees shovelling the snow as free, interesting cardio.

3 Mark December 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm

In our city, Dim gets a bill from the city for $165 if he doesn’t shovel his walks within 24 hours of a snowfall 3″ or greater.

4 Steve Dowling December 22, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Good to see Aunt May is still getting work!

5 Bernie December 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

On our street, Dash and a few others of us bought a two-stage snow blower about 6-7 years ago. Monica* rotates between our four garages year to year, and we all dig out our own sidewalks and driveways, as well as those of the neighbors we approve of.

* Just think about it for a minute and it’ll come to you…

6 JeffC December 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

JB posted:
Dim is saving his money for a 2 stage snow-blower, knowing tomorrow’s 50 degree high will melt the snow before noon anyway.
Dash is going to die of a heart attack in the old lady’s driveway.

1. How is not shoveling your walk “saving money”?
2. Why does Dim even want a snow blower if his modus operandi is to just wait for the snow to melt on its own?
3. Seems to me that Dim would be the one to experience a cardiac event pulling the starter rope on his snow blower (that he won’t use once he gets it, because the sun does his job for him: that contradictory logic is still painful to contemplate) by virtue of his couch-surfing lifestyle. Dash is the one who appears more physically fit to me.

Dash is a “neighbor” and has the admiration of his community. Dim is something less than that. If the contrast is not clear to anyone, I recommend he consider George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life.

Happy Christmas to all.

7 Sean December 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I think JB was just making a joke . . .

8 Nick December 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

I’m with Dim, screw the old lady she seems like a complainer. Besides, she should be inside knitting on cold days!


9 Ed December 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm

It’s amusing how Dim and Dash bring out the trolls.

10 Lucas December 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I’m with Dim and Nick.

Come on… it’s cold out there. He wants to be snuggling with his wife and kids, in front of a home theater watching Sherlock Holmes 2 and getting loads of high calory stuff.
How would shoveling that snow just to prove his surly useless neighbors he is a good comunity member make him manlier?
Surely Cint Eastwood and all those “manly men” americans admire and see as role model wouldnt give a rat’s butt about those silly people who decide to stride in front of their snowy houses.

11 Lucas December 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm


12 Nick December 22, 2011 at 10:43 pm

It’s amusing how Dim and Dash bring out the people who can’t take a joke.


13 kk December 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Dash’s neighbor falls on the shoveled, but still somewhat slick sidewalk, and is sued. Dim, who doesn’t shovel his walk has no worries as the snowy walk is considered a “known hazard.”

14 Colin Webb December 22, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Mark, what city do you live in? That is absolutely ridiculous one would receive a bill like that for not shoveling snow within 24 hours. Invoice the city for the cost of a snow blower.

15 John Hosie December 23, 2011 at 7:23 am


The thing I want to know, though, is why we only have plastic snow shovels nowadays. I had a beautiful snow shovel. It must have been a good 30 inches across. The blade was made of some sort of iron – which I know because it did rust where the blue paint was scraped off. It was a bit on the heavy side, but I never had to worry about how much went on the shovel because it was stable and didn’t bend at all. We had a couple of aluminum snow shovels, too, but they were not as strong. Well, now whether I go to Home Depot, Lowes, K-Mart, WalMart or Sears, they all carry plastic shovels and only plastic shovels. My experience has been that plastic shovels break – at times during the first storm they are used.

Well, one spring my wife took a look at our shovels, and saw there was a crack in each of the aluminum ones, and one corner of the heavy iron ome was bent upward. So she chucked them all. When the snow fell the next winter I was horrified to find them gone. It should never have happened.

So, what is the point of this post? I’ll tell you. I need to find a place I can get a nice metal snow shovel. I’m not talking about adapting and using a coal shovel. I want a real snow shovel. Is there any such thing any more? Is there a web site where I can order one?

16 Shaun Somers December 23, 2011 at 9:11 am

Our family recently moved. Guess who our new next door neighbor is? That’s right, an old lady. Here’s my chance to show my stuff…doesn’t look like it will happen before Christmas though.

17 Jim December 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

Some people make me ashamed to be human. I’m with Ed on this one. If you want to make snarky comments, go vent your “humor” in a Fark.com comment thread. You’ll be right at home there.

18 Darren December 23, 2011 at 11:08 am

One of the best things about Wisconsin is the sense of community when things get snowy. Two of our neighbors have massive (one pass down the sidewalk) snowblowers. They do the big stuff, we follow and clean up. Everyone on the block comes out, everything gets done quickly, and neighbors get to work along side each other. The older folks are taken care of, and they bring out cookies and hot stuff. Everyone contributes.

In the end, you could do just one cartoon for Dim and Dash. Dim is selfish. Dash is selfless. But that’s not nearly as entertaining. :-)

19 mako December 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I prefer to support the local economy and hire the kids to do my walk and drive if it’s a bit more than a couple of inches. # people from my family have died shoveling snow! I’m 50 and have done enough shoveling for a lifetime. AND, it is not considered good cardio.
For the fella looking for a good shovel,get a feed/grain shovel from a farm supply place or on line and you’ll never look back. Best shovel ever, in metal or plastic. I think all “snow shovels” are designed to maybe last a season and all the gimmicky, curved handle,back saving nonsense is exactly that~nonsense.

20 Stefan December 23, 2011 at 12:19 pm

How about the old lady bought some vibram sole boots and stopped complaining. And BTW snow isn’t slippery, while the ice glaze that could form on the shoveled asphalt is.

21 Brucifer December 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Chaps, the point of this cartoon is not about snow shoveling. The point is that REAL men, make of themselves *real* good-neighbors.

That said, Dim might think better of being a better neighbor, if he realized that if the old lady neighbor was well-disposed toward him, she would call the cops if she sees some burglars making-off with his precious big-screen TV while he was away.

Methinks its time to ink a Dim and Dash about folks compelled to make downgrading, snarky comments, simply to be snarky.

22 John Frink December 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Don’t forget to shovel the snow on to the lawn. Kindly do not shovel snow out into the street.

23 Ryan December 23, 2011 at 1:43 pm

@John Hosie

Go to amazon.com. Search for “Steel Snow Shovel”. Get ~200 results, the top two of which sound exactly like what you’re describing. Is that REALLY so hard?

24 William Haas December 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Great cartoon. I like the comment about free cardio too. I usually get my driveway & sidewalk and the same for the two neighbors next door. I never want for cookies or hot chocolate all winter! To be clear – I only feel compelled to help that “can’t” not people that “won’t”

25 Benjamin December 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

This sort of snow “scoop” does the best for me. Those of you with long driveways and a love for tools that run on breakfast should enjoy shovels of this type. The general style is pretty widely available.


26 Micah December 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Here, Dim would avoid a lawsuit. If you shovel the sidewalk and someone falls, you are liable. If you don’t shovel your sidewalk and the person falls, you are not liable. Stupid isn’t it?

27 Derek December 24, 2011 at 12:08 am

All this talk about your sidewalk and their sidewalk bemuses me. It’s the town’s sidewalk, and that’s why they have industrial snowblowers that come through early in the morning waking everyone up.

I just don’t get suburban life sometimes.

28 Ron December 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Ah, Dim. Andy Capp has nothing on him when it comes to laziness.

29 Bruce December 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Hi, everybody. The comments are pretty creative. All you complainers should lighten up. Folks are only joking around.

On another note, I live in Atlanta, and have never seen a “Monica” (the snow kind). Would someone please explain “two-stage”?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

30 Dan Danknick December 24, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Ironically, the Dimmers here are more likely to suffer a sudden coronary event when they have to put down the lite beer and corn chips to pick up the snow shovel, since they’ve grown fat and lazy behind their 19-stage snow blowers.

Sad but hey, it’s evolution in action.


31 spider monkey December 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Snoblower named Monica, now thats funny.
I shovel snow with a tractor, pull cars out of ditches with it too

32 Hillary December 25, 2011 at 12:24 am


Dim sarcastically lords his Internet expertise over those who aren’t as well versed in navigating the web as he might be.

Dash helpfully provides a suggestion for a steel shovel he prefers, along with a link to a site where Mr. Hosie might be able to purchase said shovel, or else just keeps his snarky comments to himself.

33 William Haas December 25, 2011 at 2:11 am

@Bruce – 2 stage means that the first stage is the auger which spins relatively slow. The second stage is a fast spinning impeller that blows the snow. A single stage has a fast spinning auger that does both jobs.
Merry Christmas

34 Paul December 26, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Service to community is service to oneself

35 Dude December 26, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Dim is actually contributing to Climate change with his larger carbon footprint, ensuring milder winters and less snow to shovel in the first place. Dim is thinking big picture while Dash is only addressing a symptom and not the problem. Merry New Year!

36 JPM December 27, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Dim, having read the previous AoM post about insurance and accepted his manly duty as described therein, has purchased an umbrella liability policy, and has thereby reduced his incentive (i.e., motivation) to take steps to avoid the financial liability that might follow a slip and fall on his property.

37 Phil Black December 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Dim would like to help, and does when he can.
But Dim is a real man, who has a real job, and is often away providing for his family, and the many people who work for him.
Snow shoveling and grass cutting are very low on Dim’s scale of importance.

So smart as* Dash should not be so smugbecause his soft job gets him home in time to look like a hero.

38 Andre December 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Dash lives in Austin, where he’s never had to shovel snow.

39 Native Son December 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

The elderly lady in the illustration looks awfully familiar. Soooo….
Why worry about Dim and Dash? Peter Parker should be shoveling his aunt’s driveway and sidewalk!

40 Native Son December 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

@ Derek -
Out here where it doesn’t snow (much), the sidewalks “belong” to the city, but the care and maintainence belong to the house owner.

41 don Roberto January 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I live in Minneapolis, where it snows a gawdawful lot. The city owns the sidewalk, but if I don’t shovel it within 24 hours, well…

>> If the City of Minneapolis gets a complaint or discovers that a sidewalk is not properly cleared, Public Works will inspect the sidewalk and give the property owners a chance to clear it.
>> If the sidewalk has not been cleared upon re-inspection, the property owner may be issued a citation with a fine.
>> Crews will remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk. Property owners will be billed for this service, and unpaid bills will be added to property tax statements.

So I shovel down to the bare concrete, sometimes following through with a driveway broom to get the last of it (unlike some, whose snowblowers leave a thin layer to get packed into ice by pedestrians), and use salt and sand or kitty litter to make sure people don’t fall and kill themselves.

42 Tom January 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I actually enjoy shoveling. It’s a full body workout!

43 Scott Carswell January 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I love shoveling the driveway & sidewalk… I used to do the neighbor to the side & the widow across the road as well…

Nothing wrong with a little physical labour… My grandfather woulda been proud.

44 Dr. Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff January 21, 2012 at 3:49 am

In the USA is the sidewalk (or pavement as it’s known in other parts of the world) considered the legal responsibility of the homeowner? Because where I come from it’s public property and is therefore the responsibility of the local authorities. Does Dim have the right to cordon it off and stop people walking on it? Because it seems pretty harsh to expect someone to maintain something that isn’t his property. Dim is taking a stand for justice, while Dash is just knuckling under and accepting oppression.

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