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Sunday, October 14, 2012
A Dry As Toast Posty
As I write this, Lovely Ouray sleeps, a cover of darkness pulled over her head... wild and crazy REM dreams bouncing off Box Canyon walls. What in the hell am I doing... up with the bread bakers? I should be REMing out with Marylyn, or Cher, or, God forbid a nightmare on Oak street, Madeleine Albright. Maybe I'm sleepless in Ouray because of a Lazy Daze list that seems to grow by two items for every one I cross off. The countdown is on and we are down to days, hours and minutes.
While soaking in 104 degrees of Hot Springs mineral water day before yesterday, I noticed the first snowplow of the season drive by. Red and blue lights flashed ambulance-like as it headed up the switchbacks, bound for Red Mountain Pass. Probably some serious snow going on up at 11,000 feet... or rockfall... or both. The first few freeze and thaws after a snow seems to dislodge a new batch of rocks every season. Then come December, avalanche season begins. I don't know which would be worse, being crushed by a multi-ton boulder, or being broadsided by a hundred mile per hour snow-slide. It takes Major Cojones to plow Red Mountain all winter long. More than a few drivers never made it home.
Weather guessers predict the sun will come out of hiding today, which always jinxes our forecast. I tried working on Goldilocks during this cold snap and it kinda took the fun out of it (shiver). I guess I should consider long pants.
And now, I have a question for the Electric Techs in the audience. Flipping through the Lazy Daze Manuel, I noticed a capitalized bold printed sentence that, more or less, said, "When adding batteries, DO NOT use one or more 12 volt batteries with the existing two six volt factory installed batteries."
Well, I already did. Nothing has happened (yet), and everything seems to be working just fine. But now I'm worried, trying to figure out why one shouldn't do that. I bought another battery yesterday, just in case, to replace the perfectly good two six volt batteries, but I hate to waste them as they are new. Any Ideas why you shouldn't be able to ad in parallel three 12 volt batteries to a pair of six volters wired in series to make it 12 volts? Any help would be appreciated. Happy Sunday, Mark.