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MR Cache 2011 Feb 6, Ice Storm Edition

West Winds Blow

While I’ve been through some freezing rain storms before, never have I experienced something like this before (at least as an adult).  Quite literally, my driveway was (and currently is) a 3 to 4 inch slab of ice!

I had to use both salt and sand on my driveway so my kids wouldn’t slip and bonk their heads!

My car was so badly frozen, that I had to get a wrench and chip away the ice on the door seams of my car just to open the passenger side (this side was less thick.  I then started the engine and let it run for 10 minutes, just so I could have a chance to get the ice off of my windshield.

I’m constantly amazed how I think I know my surroundings well, and boom, something blows me away…

My Favorite Reads of the Week:

Everyday Tips and Thoughts:  Winter Storm Preparation Tips  – I like this post because these are great tips and they go well my the topic of my weekly review “Ice Storm”.  I also like that between the lines you get a taste of what it is to live where Kris lives and how they overcome these challenges.

Budgeting in The Fun Stuff:  Cheap and Easy Corn Souffle  – My mouth is watering, what a great looking recipe!  I’m always looking out for easy things to make that a simple guy like me can make.

Invest it Wisely:  Heating with Body Heat the Future of Frugality?  – This is just a plain outright cool article (even if it’s a guest post).  I love articles like this, plus I’m a sucker for any Matrix related pics!

Squirrelers:  Stock Returns by Month: Interesting Historical Trends  – What a great bar charts on the typical returns per month.  This might be a good guideline for investing in a normal average year.

Watson, Inc:  Surprising Trend In Mortgage Defaults  – Shawn once again was able to surprise me with the fact that he discovered about strategic defaults predicted to be higher than they were in 2010.  This is just wrong, I wish people weren’t so selfish! 


Another busy weekend, even though it was challenging, I’ve decided to focus on the great times I had with my son, it really made me glad that I’m a lucky dad with a great son (and daughter too).


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6 Responses to MR Cache 2011 Feb 6, Ice Storm Edition

  1. I forget most movies 3-4 years after watching them, but I still remember the Matrix pretty well! Definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. That image was the first that came to mind when I thought about exploiting human body heat!

    • Yeah, I thought that was a good reference picture too!

      It would be pretty facinating using heat from groups of people to heat structures. Very matrix-like… I guess we really are coppertops… 🙂