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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! 

Conclusion:

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).

-MR

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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!

    • admin says:

      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… :)

  2. …so sorry that you were snowed in!!! I’m happy though that you spent some quality time with your kids!

  3. Why wasn’t your car in the garage young man???

    Glad you are safe, and you didn’t lose any power!