Today's epiphany: Dirt is unbelievably, back-breakingly heavier when you shovel it yourself than when you watch someone else do it. Corollary: Don't ever shovel your own dirt. Pay someone, anyone, else to do it and don't quibble over price. NB: although I know other words could be substituted for "dirt" (and not cleverly but obviously I might add), my epiphany involved only dirt and so I am sticking with it. That is all.