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A Bad Day for One FedEx Driver

This kind of reminds me of a scene from the 1980 indie movie hit The God’s Must be Crazy as one FedEx driver appears to have forgotten something important when exiting his truck.

It’s pretty neat how the truck “threaded the needle” between the tree and the house (akin to what many hope the Federal Reserve will do in formulating monetary policy to withdraw unprecedented stimulus over the next year or so), though the driver’s door didn’t fare well in the process (insert your own Fed metaphor for this one).

This related story at CNBC indicated that no one was hurt and the property damage was minimal, though, I’m guessing that this particular driver will not soon forget this incident that has now been seen by over 9 million viewers on YouTube.

Saturday Night Live Skewers GM’s Barra

I didn’t see any of GM CEO Mary T. Barra’s testimony last week when she appeared before Congress to answer questions about the carmaker’s faulty ignition switches in Chevies that have led to at least 13 deaths and dozens of accidents, but, based on this take from the crew at Saturday Night Live, it must have been pretty bad to warrant this kind of treatment.

Having spent a couple decades as an engineer prior to turning my attention to financial markets and having become familiar with such things as trouble reports, engineering change orders, and retrofits, I can’t imagine a situation where any engineer would knowingly cover up something that has the potential to kill somebody (or already has).

The Miracle in Missoula

This must have been terrifying. Lots of snow, a steep mountain slope behind a residential housing area, and possibly some snowboarders going where they weren’t supposed to go all contributed to this avalanche in Missoula, MT.

As detailed in this item at the Missoulan, two adults and one child were pulled from the wreckage caused by the Mount Jumbo avalanche at about 4PM local time on Friday. Both of the adults were buried for over an hour, surviving only because they were lucky enough to end up in a large enough air pocket that prevented them from suffocating. About the only bad news was that the couple had just remodeled their home.

Baby, It’s Still Cold Outside

It’s warming up today, here in Southwest Montana, after a few days of frigid cold.

Here’s what it looked like yesterday:

We haven’t spent more than a few minutes outside over the last few days. It’s pretty amazing what -10 or -20 degrees feels like on your body after a very short period of time.

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