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Today -- yesterday by the time you read this -- we had an ice storm in New York. I figure that much of the country had this, because when I went to take a look at my favorite journalism site, it had a headline that read, "Tips for Covering the Ice Storm." So anyway, not unexpected. I knew I was going to have to be out in it, so I brought an umbrella and my waterproof bag. But I also knew I was going to an open house to preview an apartment for clients. So I wore decent-ish clothes (for me, that means a Banana Republic blouse and slacks) and sensible dress shoes instead of my usual sneakers. Since I was going to a "fancy" building, I figured I had better dress up a little -- even though this is theoretically a public open house to which everyone's invited. So I left my ski parka in the closet and threw on a nothing-but-cashmere coat instead. And then I put on my Serious Jewelry, which includes a watch that, frankly, cost more than a car. Well, it didn't help. By the time I...