Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dead Batteries, X-ray Techs, and Other Musings

Melanie called me at work at about 5:20 last night to say she was broken down just outside the parking lot of Central Bank. There is an access road there, running parallel with New Circle Road, and she was sitting trying to turn onto New Circle from the access road, when her car died. It was about 95 degrees, with high humidity, and she had the kids in the car with her.

Fortunately, I was able to get over there in 7 or 8 minutes from work. Because of where she was sitting, we couldn’t have jumped it, so we had to get it towed about 2 miles down the road to Green’s Toyota. We think it’s just a dead battery, and the car place is supposed to call today to verify that. I had noticed this weekend that it was acting lethargic and labored when I would start it...the engine would turn slowly at first, instead of crisply starting like usual. Hopefully it won’t set us back too much.

Funny thing is, at lunch yesterday, I was putting oil in my own car, and while I was doing that, I glanced at my battery and thought to myself, “I wonder if that needs to be changed.”

The weather here has been really hot the last few weeks – temperatures in the 90’s every day, with humidity putting the heat index near or above 100. Our air conditioning was on all day yesterday, set to 72, and yet it was still 74 in the house after 10 p.m. last night. It was as high as 77 at one point in the late afternoon...and that’s despite the AC running.

Melanie has been looking up information for me on radiology tech programs and there appear to be two decent ones in Lexington. One is at Spencerian and is apparently a new, state-of-the-art oriented program that’s expensive and longer than most, but is supposedly the best program around. Lexington Community College also has one, which is cheaper and more average than the one at Spencerian. The good thing about that, though, is in addition to the lower cost, I could take classes at the Leestown Road campus, which is about a mile from my house. Not sure where Spencerian is.

Spencerian has rolling admission every quarter, but LCC only has entry in the fall, and the final day to apply for this fall is today. I’ll probably go ahead and apply to LCC, just to see if I get in, and then look more closely at the program and decide if I think it’s adequate, or if I’d rather go to Spencerian. Another thing about Spencerian is that it has a more flexible schedule in terms of nights and weekends...which I have to have, since I have to work during the day.

Om Mani Padme Hum


Exist-Dissolve said...

Boooo on work. And password verification.

Scott said...

Got tired of Spam comments. That's why I turned on password verification.

As for work...yeah, wish I didn't have to.

Anonymous said...

What kind of spam comments? I never saw any.

Hope the car is okay. Sounds like the alternator. :( Otherwise wouldn't the battery recharge itself if the car was running? I could be wrong, but I've had this happen to me twice.

And talk about HEAT. Try weathering it in a throng on the lawn at Riverbend. People were dropping like flies.

Scott said...

It was the battery.