1. winter storms that actually give most of New England a pass for a change
2. Favorite Neighbor Dennis, who plows everyone out
3. the friend of our neighbors across the street, who is digging them out*
4. new shovels**
*thus sparing us the job, but also because yay for friends who show up to make sure people with disabilities are being taken care of
**TWO of them, so we don't have to fight turf battles over who gets to use "the good one"