Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas in the Bullseye

I was watching the Weather Channel where they are predicting 12" to 20" of snow for parts of the Midwest. I then switched to the all weather HD channel 11-2 to see how our part of the Midwest was sitting. There were ellipses drawn on the map showing potential snow depths. Right there in the middle of the deepest snow was ME. I may very well receive 20" of snow over the next two days. It is coming over my part of the Midwest in waves. The first tsunami-like wave crash overnight. Waves two and three are headed this way. I went outside to look at the snow. As I looked in the sky I saw it. No, not Santa making his rounds, not the star of Bethlehem, but that damn bulls eye from the weather charts. It was hovering right over my house. Ground zero for up to 20" of snow for portions of the Midwest was scheduled right on top of me.

I drove the 4 wheel drive GMC pick-up to the top of the driveway. It was touch and go on whether I was going to make it. The snow is heavy and wet, in addition to being deep. Now I get into local snow removal. The first step is to get my ATV (and snowplow) operating. It is under a tarp outside of my door while I replace the battery.

The trend for customer self service has taken a rotten turn here on the tundra. I bought a new battery for my ATV at Walmart. I opened the box to find that the battery and the acid were separate. The customer is to put the acid into the battery after purchase. So my job today, ranking in desirability right near setting fire to my hair, is to play with battery acid.

I loaded the acid into the cells, only rushing to rinse spillage from my hands two or three times, using the the washing machine as an acid resistant bench. Now I get to charge the battery for 3-4 hours. And then I can install it in the ATV.

Simon and Willie like the new HDTV.
Willie is as laid back as ya'll find.
Now its my time for me to fa some la's, deck some halls and plow some snow before dark.
Mr. Flannery


ann at greenoak said...

wow,looks pretty wild up there..... hope you are stocked up on everything.
hope you have a verry merry christmas...ann

red.neck chic said...

LOL Looks to me like Willie's got the best spot in the house. HA!!!

Dang... that's a lot of snow... what if you just drizzled the battery acid on the snow you need removed? Would that work? *snicker* Oh!!! I know!!! You need some of those cool looking eskimo snow shoe/ski things! Those would be fun! LOL

;-)Gorgeous for sure! Stay warm and leave some fresh shoe prints for me!!!

Merry Christmas!