Monday, March 15, 2010
You ever have one of those days
You plan out a day to get a bunch of things done and nothing seems to go right. There was a time many years back that I would go ballistic from a minor set back. What thick skins we develop with age. Was going to pop down to the store on Saturday for the weeks provisions. Got in my car, turned the key and nothing. Dead battery. Oookey dokey not to let a minor thing like that stop me I keep a jumper battery in the closet. Gee and I never was a boy scout either. Dusted off the battery checked it for juice and it too was dead. Ooo kay. Plugged it in and waited and then remembered that it too would take a good 16 hours to full charge. No biggy I'll just wait for tomorrow.
Next morning the green light is glowing brightly on the rescue battery. I go out hook it up and not even a complete revolution. Must have a bad connection. Move clamps. Move clamps some more. Nothing. Okay back to house to pull out the repair manual. Ball joints, balancing, battery, there it is. Safety precautions, cleaning terminals and types of batteries. Vehicle may have a sealed battery with hydrometer "eye" indicating power level. So my battery has eyes? Okay, hope it didn't see me run that red light last week. And speaking of red lights that's what the eye was - red. Knowing that it was a sealed battery I know when they give up the ghost that's it. Finished, kaput. To make a short story long had a friend run me up to the auto parts store and of course they didn't have the battery I wanted but I found one that would work and all was well. Popped it in when I got home and was off to do errands.
Keep your drums upright and your batteries charged.