We came to Aiken, South Carolina, partly to get away from Maryland’s ice and snow and partly so wife Elizabeth could enter horse-riding competitions. But Old Man Winter must have snuck into the back seat. He arrived here in South Carolina when we did. An ice storm hit yesterday, immobilizing almost the entire South. The horses were left shivering in their stables. We were stuck too… But let us turn to the financial news… then we’ll come back to the hotel, where we are currently snowed in.