December 17, 2012 by meximo70
Being used to making those big city wages, Meximo lost his wits (like most those big city folk do) when he received his first paycheck of $6.50 an hour. So he took in other jobs as well: part-time disc jockey at KFMT, driver for FED-REX Ground, and putting the plow on his truck to good use clearing driveways for town folk.
“I asked that boy how he was gonna get by through the winter without a tractor.” said neighboring farmer, John Evermanly. “He just smiled at me and said he bought himself a 4 x 4 Diesel truck with a Hiniker plow on the front. I just shook my head.”
Gundersen made it through the first few snowfalls with his plow. Then one night, a howler came through and he buried his truck in an 8 ft snow drift.
“It was about 2am when i saw him out there.” Evermanly continued, “He’d back all the up to the machine shed, aim his truck at that snow drift, and giver her hell all the way into it. When the powder cleared i only saw the glow of his headlights on one side. Next thing you know, my phone is ringin'”
“I drove my tractor out there and pulled his truck out, then cleared his dooryard out for him. When i finished, he couldn’t start his truck. I asked him if his diesel had gelled up on him. He looked at me like a deer in headlights. Then i asked him if he put #2 or #1 mix in his truck…..same look. I’m not sure he’ll make it to the spring.”
Meximo Gundersen has since moved into town and sold his diesel truck. When we asked him how he was dealing with the winters now that he’s been acclimated to them. He curled into the fetal position and murmured: “Thu-thuh-those aren’t snuh-snuh-snow drifts….those are…are…glaciers….”