Into the Black

The plumber installed our new water heater today. Everything seems to have worked out fine, and it seems we have more hot water pressure now, so that may have been an indication of the problems in the old one. My buddy Devicer tried to make me feel bad about not doing this myself, saying "the stupidest guy" on an unrelated mailing list he participates in performed such an installation himself. I said that was all well-and-good, but what did the smartest guy on this list do? We decided he probably called the plumber too.

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Man trades paperclip for house
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Man trades paperclip for house Apr 19, 2006, 01:25
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4918184.stm

Pretty cool story. A guy started with a paperclip and has been trading it for other things, upgrading as he goes. He's worked his way up to having a house in Phoenix for a year rent-free. He wants to keep going until he gets a house. No downpayments, no mortgages. Just a house.

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