An incubator of genius is a lonely place until it hatches a great idea

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119
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I realize it's Summer, and I know it's supposed to be hot, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.  I'm more of a Fall season person.  The only really exciting thing for me with summer is I get to swim.  I've always been like a fish to water.  So, summer heat gives me plenty of reasons to jump in the pool.

Recently, I was swimming around my pool and it dawned on me that the water was as Swimmingwarm as my shower water.  It wasn't nearly as refreshing as I was expecting, and then I had an "aha" moment.  My boys are starting to worry about me because they think I'm becoming the nutty professor, but it was a rational idea.

I don't have a sophisticated water cooling system with my pool, but I'm sure some brainiac has created one somewhere.  In the absence of such a wonderful invention I decided to see if I could drop the temperature of the pool with, yep, you guessed it, ICE.  I did a small experiment the first time, and it was nice.  

ProfessorToday, dropped in two large buckets of ice, which I had frozen in chest freezer, and bingo!  The water dropped about 5 degrees.  It's hard to reduce the temperature of 32,000 gallons of water.  (Disclaimer: I only measured the temp in one end.  Of course it was the one the ice and I were in.)  But, if 3 gallons of frozen water will drop it that much, how much will 10 gallons drop it.  OK, math wizards, give it your best shot.

As they say, "Necessity is the mother of invention," and if your business is struggling, what can you do to make it thrive?  It might take an "out of the box" idea to put you over the top.  Don't assume your idea is crazy or won't work just because others haven't done it yet.  The incubator of genius is often a lonely place until it hatches the next great idea.  Dream.  Dream big, and if your dreams don't scare you, you're not dreaming big enough.  

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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Merrick, NY
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Reminds me of years ago when I tried to do the opposite. I thought the pool water was freezing and boiling water might help raise the temperature. The results were similar to yours.

Jul 17, 2012 06:05 PM #12
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Mike Cooper
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There you go, Jill.  Great minds think alike!  Good job.

Jul 17, 2012 06:09 PM #13
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Kathy Sheehan
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Don't worry Mike, I am pretty sure someone told Einstein was a little crazy too!

Jul 17, 2012 06:24 PM #14
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Mike Cooper
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Thank you, Kathy.  I feel better already.  8-)

Jul 17, 2012 06:33 PM #15
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Gretchen & Mel Ahrens
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Love it! I like my pools cold, too, especially if I'm swimming laps. Love the whole message of trying out great ideas!

Gretchen

Jul 17, 2012 06:34 PM #16
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Gretchen.  It is so much more refreshing on these hot summer days.  Enjoy those laps.  Great exercise.

Jul 17, 2012 06:35 PM #17
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Andrea Bedard
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Ok Mike, if the water in the pool had a temp like my showers, it would feel like a hot tub for sure :-) I like your out-of-the (ice)-box thinking! You gotta do what you gotta do to get some relief from the heat .. I believe my car showed 111 degrees mid-afternoon today. I thought the heat-wave was behind us?

Jul 17, 2012 06:36 PM #18
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Mike Cooper
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There you go, Andrea.  Whew!  111 is really hot.  I did feel a bit like that today though.  

Jul 17, 2012 07:06 PM #19
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Laura Cerrano
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Everybody in this boat, hang in there. :)

Jul 17, 2012 07:40 PM #20
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Doug Bullwinkel
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Ice out of the box is an out of the box idea.  You're right about some of the simplest ideas paying off in the long run.  Maybe this will catch on.

Jul 17, 2012 11:17 PM #21
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Mike - I can honestly say that you are the first person that I know to attempt to reduce the water temporature of a pool with ice. Genius!

Jul 18, 2012 12:20 AM #22
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Roger D. Mucci
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Only you Mike, only you!  You gave me a laugh this morning though, thanks.

Jul 18, 2012 02:41 AM #23
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Mike Cooper
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You bet, Laura. 

It sounded nutty to my sons, but they like it now.  8=)

It worked pretty well, Tom.  I'm thinking five 5 gallon buckets would do the trick for the entire pool.  Now, I need a bigger freezer.  8-)

Glad to add a smile to your day, Roger.  Enjoy!

Jul 18, 2012 03:28 AM #24
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James Dray
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Morning Mike I know a thing or two about math but not enough to figure that one out.  I do however know a guy who might and will consult with him and see if he can figure it out.

Jul 18, 2012 03:51 AM #25
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Mike Cooper
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That would be interesting,  James.  Thanks.  

Jul 18, 2012 03:53 AM #26
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Mike.  32,000 gallons of water vs 3 gallons of ice.  I believe you but the math doesn't work:)

Jul 18, 2012 04:25 AM #27
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Mike Cooper
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I only measured the end the ice was in, and I stayed there.   I wish I had a firm number of gallons on that end.  That would sure help the calculations.  The ice was in large blocks too, so they lasted a long time before finally disappearing in the water.  It was pretty nice.  

Jul 18, 2012 04:29 AM #28
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Mike. I knew where this was going but enjoyed it anyway. I'm no math whiz but wonder what kind of energy it would take to freeze enough ice to cool the entire pool by 5 degrees.

Jul 18, 2012 06:01 AM #29
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Kind of makes me want to take a dip.  You are smarter than the average bear, Mike.

Jul 18, 2012 09:09 AM #30
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Mike Cooper
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That's a good question, Sheila.  Another math question.  8-)

It was nice, Jason.  Come on up and take a dip.  8-)

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