Cold? This Ain't Cold! Let Me Tell You About My Coldest Time!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska

Today is Cold...too Cold to gargle peanut butter and too windy to stack BB's

But it isn't that cold. It is 1° out right now with winds around 20-30 mph.  Pretty cold...but not that cold...you know the...

...... too cold to walk down a dark country road in the middle of winter early in the morning of the first day of the year because you were stupid and put your car in the ditch but you have to or you will freeze to death cold!! Naw...not even close to that cold today. Back then I was...

Young (21) and stupid and invincible!! Yes...all three were accurate.  Great Driver...not so much.

I wrecked more cars and put more in ditches than I should admit.  2 of those times (one my fault, one the other guys) should have killed me and yet I came out of those wrecks with very minor injuries.

This cold night I had a gal with me and another friend who was a farm kid...(thank God).  We were running to a town 20 miles away to pick up some late minute beer on New Years eve.  

We were sober and hit the road with my Camaro to get there before they closed at 11pm.  Got the cases of beer to head back to the party.   

About 5 miles out...in -18° weather...we went around a curve and slid into the ditch.  No damage...just a hotrod stuck on snow and ice. Back then I drove hotrods...the last 25 years have been 4-wheel drives.  

In the winter time you should never leave a vehicle because you can see yard lights...sometimes those lights can be miles away.  We, however, knew where we were at and who lived a half mile down the road.  SO we walked...north into the wind...with dress clothes on and light jackets.

We knocked on the door...and no answer.  Out for the night's festivities. We went to the shed and it was warm and the tractor was plugged in.  We left a note, borrowed the tractor and went to pull out the car.  Three of us in the cab was tight (and yet comfy)!!

Just as we pulled out of the loooong drive the owners were pulling in and had seen the car and checked to see if anyone was there and then the husband said he saw footprints going north.

He was happy to let us use the tractor and said to make sure the tractor was plugged in when we brought it back and to make sure the shed was shut tight.  He said they were going to bed.  

That is how it was back in the day in farm country.   I went back later that winter and thanked him and tried to pay him...and he laughed and said he was just glad he did not find bodies in the road ditch.

So every day when they say it is cold and that the schools are closed or starting late...I think of that night...the blue Camaro hotrod...the brown Jacket I had on...the blue coat she had on...and Larry the farm kid.  And I think...this isn't cold...let me tell you about cold....

Until Next Time...stay out of the ditches...and keep a warm coat with you just in case!!

Mike McCann Mach1 Realty Nebraska Farm Broker

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Uh huh....to us "Below is below" once it hits below zero it's just ...COLD !

Feb 07, 2019 08:48 AM #1
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Will Hamm
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Wow Mike, you have some real stories for us here in the rain.  I know it gets cold and icey there.

 

Feb 07, 2019 09:41 AM #2
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Libby Cousins
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I am laughing! You are right, good thing you had another farm kid with you. Us city folk would likely not "buck up" much. I'd be whining the entire time. Too cold for me. 

Feb 07, 2019 01:40 PM #3
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I'll never complain again Mike  We're at a record 80 degrees today. Perfect weather to tool around in a hot rodder!

Feb 07, 2019 01:55 PM #4
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Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson You guys know cold more than we know cold...and yes...cold is cold...I must be used to it as I went out and scooped the walk without a coat in 1° weather and was not cold after. Thanks for stopping by!!  Stay warm!!

Feb 07, 2019 02:06 PM #5
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Hi Will Hamm Let me tell you about the story of a guy running a red light when I had the turn arrow in Aurora, CO about 18 years ago...and I got the ticket.  The cop said the intersection did not have a green arrow after the other was red. I have a photo of the  light with a green arrow buried somewhere on my computer!!! Had the ticket dismissed.  Still had to fix my truck as he did not have insurance. Going to a continuing ed class that day!!

Feb 07, 2019 02:22 PM #6
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Hi Libby Cousins Yes it is cold...and windy and yet we have great days as well...just not today...but the sun is shining!!  

Feb 07, 2019 02:23 PM #7
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Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS Glad you are having a nice day...I think this is headed towards your neck of the woods!!  Have a great one!!

Feb 07, 2019 02:24 PM #8
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I think it is too, Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - Mother Nature gives us a sense of 'ah...spring is near' and then hits us with freezing temperatures again!

One thing I will not forget though - my coat! LOL

Feb 07, 2019 09:12 PM #9
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Hi Mike= way to cold for me!  When we moved to Northern VA a very kind person told me to always have a coat, blanket, flashlights, water and food in the car just in case we were stuck in traffic or on the road in the cold. 

Feb 08, 2019 03:33 PM #10
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Sixty degrees is cold to me!! I enjoy your stories but am happy to be reading it snug in my house with fuzzy slippers and a blanket by my side.

Yes, it is great advice to always keep a blanket, a flashlight, and other supplies in the trunk, "just in case". We Realtors are prepared!

Feb 19, 2019 10:09 PM #11
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