After I bought this coat yesterday and was passed by trucks gritting the road on the way home, I knew I'd made the right decision.
Where does the coat end and the eyebrows begin?
It's been a few years, 4 actually, since I've had to spend any more than a couple of days in the UK over the winter months and seeing as this crappy part of the year was one of the reasons for my escape to the sunshine, I have not been looking forward to the cold at all.
So yesterday, with half of the remaining 'spare' funds in my bank account (the other half is spent too, see below), I decided to go and buy a big f-off coat. Complete with a clear pouch, presumably containing some of the fluff used inside the coat, this bad-boy is good for -30c, or -22f if you are that way inclined.
I used it for the first time today and even tested the hood. In the UK when I was a lad, Parker coats were all the rage and sadly a likely cause of a fair few road traffic accidents. The range of visibility is tiny with the coat fully zipped up, but as long as you give a fully 90 degree head-turn when crossing the road, warmth is the most important requirement.
After the job interview on Friday, I walked the 10 or so minutes to the bus stop in the rain and had to wait another 10. It was not a fun experience, and if I'm to be doing that for the next 6 months, then this coat will earn it's value.
And hopefully, so will my other investment today.
It has been a long time since I've been able to do that. Should I have kept this fiat buy in Litecoin or BTC or something else? Probably, but where's the fun in that. With some extra STEEM earned through the tribes this month, I've powered up a nice round 1111 STEEM this evening. What will it look like at the end of the winter I have no idea, but I do expect to have earned some interest on this vested stake over that period.
Looking at the 90 day chart, it would probably have been wiser to see what happens if/when STEEM reaches 16/17 cents or so, I think it is going to struggle to start with.
A breakout from there could look very interesting - Santa rally please.
My posting output has dropped over the past couple of months, mainly due to being at work and not being in front of this screen all day. I should really try a bit harder, especially as SteemSQL is now 40 SBD a month. If I'm only using the service for the Engagement League, and giving half the payout away, then the finance + time cost is going to make little sense.
Another project that could be utilized to provide some interesting stats is @emrebeyler's proposal to bring Hivemind to SQL. I'm going to give it a plug as it's so close to being funded and I hope another 300k SP is found over the coming days. He's already started putting the service together and is looking for only 12 SBD a day to run it.
Or directly via Steemconnect: https://beta.steemconnect.com/sign/update-proposal-votes?proposal_ids=%5B51%5D&approve=true
Or on the Steem Proposals website: https://steemproposals.com/proposal/51
Or via Steemit Wallet: https://steemitwallet.com/proposals
Alright, so temperature down, STEEM price up - I'll take that.