Saturday, December 25, 2010

Let's go
Get our battery's fill replete
So the power has to go
Ain't no power but we still got good heat
It's not a good status quo
Sound is steady, hey
Outlets are quite remiss
Yes the breaker box is turned off no tweets
The generator won't let me kip
That last line was deceit, yeah
Our power just bit the dust
Our power just bit the dust
Parents don't live in town
Parents don't live in town
Our power just bit the dust
Hey, it's my dad's honey-do
Our power just bit the dust

My parents' house isn't connected to the electrical grid.  They live on solar and wind power, with a backup generator.  Heat comes from passive solar, wood, or propane.  Every few months, my parents have to equalize the batteries.  My dad prefers to do this when I'm home.  We also do it on a very sunny day to help get the charge up.

One of the things that happens when you equalize batteries is the voltage goes way up.  In order to not overload any circuits, we flip all the breakers for the house.  Equalizing takes six hours.  So today from roughly 8am to 2pm, there was no power.  Merry Christmas, eh?

It wasn't that bad though.  I went for a run.  I took a nap as the droning of the generator lulled me to sleep.  And after it was all over, I did intervals.  Merry Christmas, eh?

Oh, and one of the dogs, Bozeman, got a gash by his ear.  He'll probably need to go to the vet when they reopen.  I'm guessing the cut is infected, because he sure smells funny.  And not in a regular smelly dog way.  Merry Christmas, eh?

Good news was the intervals were good, the running was good, and we ate leftover Christmas Eve dinner.  And the batteries probably won't need equalizing until I visit my parents again, whenever that happens.

Leaving for Rumford in 5 days.  Yesterday's post was based on We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

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