Humboldt Park woman live tweeting quest to shovel out her neighborhood

January 09, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Jamie Lynn Ferguson has the day off, but she's still doing hard labor. 

The 29-year-old from Humboldt Park has begun live tweeting her crusade to clear out the unshoveled spots on her street, an attempt she hopes proves it's better to look out for your neighbors than to call "dibs." 

"I see all these big brawny guys shoveling out their spots, making their claim with mini-chairs in the snow and then going back inside, while the elderly woman across the street, and young girls like me, struggle to park into snow-packed spots every night when we get off work," Ferguson said in an email to RedEye on Wednesday night. "If everyone who was physically capable made sure all the spots were clear, it'd make for a better day for everyone on our block."

Ferguson said "it's better to have dibs on being nice than it is to have dibs on a parking spot," and said her attempt isn't some sort of political or feminist statement. She simply hopes to rally the rest of her neighbors to do something good in her neighborhood, "especially because I'm a 29-year-old, not-so-muscular girl." 

You can follow Ferguson's efforts on Twitter (@auntiesweetleaf) and Instagram (Jamiepie).

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