Monday, 23 April 2018

The Battery Bleeder

Okay, so this is a story about how your biases can affect a situation. In particular, if you are not careful, you will see what you want to see, rather than what actually is.

I did go to the battery specialty place to buy two new batteries for Wanda. The aggravating thing is that they had them in stock yet since the worker was alone, I couldn’t get them. 

They were up high and the lone staff member was not qualified to operate the forklift. (Those batteries are a little too heavy to just get a ladder and go up and get two.)

This was frustrating due to the fact that this store was open pretty much the same hours that where I work was. (With the exception of Friday afternoons.)

So, I would have to wait another week to get the new batteries for Wanda. This is a problem, as the fridge will not stay cool on its own for too long.

So, I grumbled and left, making arrangements to come back in a week to buy the batteries. 

I started contemplating taking time off of work to rush here to get the new batteries, earlier in the week, as in Monday or most probably Tuesday. 

I knew that I would have to hook up the existing batteries and run the generator this weekend, as in that very day (Friday afternoon).

So, after getting to my Western Home, that was what I did. I knew that Wanda’s Batteries were so dead that I would have to run the generator before getting setup. 

After the generator was running and hooked up to Wanda, and as I was about to get started my setup routine, I noticed this . . . 
   

That was when I saw this lone light on. This is my pass-through storage compartment that is under my bed. This light is on the passenger side of the storage compartment.

That dual pole thing is a contraption that I made to help organize my thoughts while writing by attaching index cards to it. 

That thing is eight feet long and stretches diagonally across the whole of the pass-through storage compartment. 

It was at that moment, that I knew what had happened and who the real culprit was in the case of the batteries that couldn’t hold a charge . . . it was this light.

This light is one that I never use and always ignore, but it has happened in the past where this light is accidentally clicked on by way of that wavering pole contraption.

That is what happened here, as with that light on all the time, that would surely drain the battery and fast. 

I did a test and ran the generator for three hours and it lasted me all weekend and should last the day today, but I know that I will need to run the generator tonight.

I removed the bulb from that light, so this will not happen again. 

This just goes to show that you need to be careful about your own biases and what you want to happen in certain situations. 

I wanted to replace those batteries and I will most likely do so before this next winter. 

Yet, since I don’t have to do so right away, I won’t, as I don’t want to incur an expense if I don’t absolutely have to. I am still focussed on building up my Mid-Term Savings.

When something happens try to be as objective and neutral about what is going on. Try to determine what is actually happening and resist the urge to jump to conclusions. 

As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!

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