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Old 05-12-2011, 12:22 PM   #7601
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I "turned the corner" on the back pain yesterday -- that is, I woke up and it was noticeably better. Piano practicing is problematic.

The bruise in the thigh is going to take much longer (now 11 days post-injury). It improves about 2% a day. Luckily it doesn't hurt when I don't move it, so I sleep well, but if I bend it after it's been still, it releases a tremendous amount of ache juice for about a minute. Whoa!
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:15 PM   #7602
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I "turned the corner" on the back pain yesterday -- that is, I woke up and it was noticeably better. Piano practicing is problematic.

The bruise in the thigh is going to take much longer (now 11 days post-injury). It improves about 2% a day. Luckily it doesn't hurt when I don't move it, so I sleep well, but if I bend it after it's been still, it releases a tremendous amount of ache juice for about a minute. Whoa!
Reading your current posts makes the small ache from my minor ham string injury disappear. Funny how that works. Once I got the hamstring injury, the pain from the arm injury went away.
TAl, just don't move (too much). Soon you will be up an at em.
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Had an 8 AM dentist appointment only to get the news that I need yet another crown. Came out to find my battery flat (parking lights left on) and paid $55 for tow service to do a 15 second jump.
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Just how long did the dentist take? If your parking lights can kill the battery that quickly then you might need a new battery too.............
It took 90 minutes - the hygienist was chatty. But even so, it was so flat it wouldn't allow my traction battery to charge my 12v battery (it is a hybrid). The voltage was down to 7.2 volts. I may end up buying a battery soon.
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It took 90 minutes - the hygienist was chatty. But even so, it was so flat it wouldn't allow my traction battery to charge my 12v battery (it is a hybrid). The voltage was down to 7.2 volts. I may end up buying a battery soon.
Prius? If so recommend an Optima yellow top battery. A hybrid is a computer on wheels and if the 12v is sub-par the car isn't happy.
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It took 90 minutes - the hygienist was chatty. But even so, it was so flat it wouldn't allow my traction battery to charge my 12v battery (it is a hybrid). The voltage was down to 7.2 volts. I may end up buying a battery soon.
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Prius? If so recommend an Optima yellow top battery. A hybrid is a computer on wheels and if the 12v is sub-par the car isn't happy.
If you can kill it with parking lights in 90 minutes (except maybe in Nodak's neighborhood in January) then you've possibly reversed one of the cells in that 12v battery, and while you've managed to beat it back into submission for now the battery is just not going to hold a charge for a meaningful length of time anymore. Even worse you're making all the computers run on startup voltage that may or may not be in their desired range.

Considering the hassle of changing a Prius battery, I'd highly recommend the Optima. The nice thing about a hybrid 12v battery swap is that you may be able to jumper the hybrid to another car's 12v battery (from its jumper terminals) while you're swapping out the hybrid's 12v battery. Then your radio (and your ECUs) don't have to be reset.

I'm hoping that I never have to change our Prius battery again, and the Optima makes that nearly a certainty. I don't know if there's an Optima (or its equivalent) for other hybrids.
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Flew to my new location and took possession of my condo. Had a daybed delivered for spare bedroom and this enables me to sleep there for this visit. (I will be coming and going a few times). Shopped for some basic items, connected with friends, met building manager. It is a beautiful evening and the view from my new home is spectacular. I think this will be a good move!
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Flew to my new location and took possession of my condo. Had a daybed delivered for spare bedroom and this enables me to sleep there for this visit. (I will be coming and going a few times). Shopped for some basic items, connected with friends, met building manager. It is a beautiful evening and the view from my new home is spectacular. I think this will be a good move!
Wonderful! I am so happy for you. Looking forward to more reports on your new home, location, and job.
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If you can kill it with parking lights in 90 minutes (except maybe in Nodak's neighborhood in January) then you've possibly reversed one of the cells in that 12v battery, and while you've managed to beat it back into submission for now the battery is just not going to hold a charge for a meaningful length of time anymore. Even worse you're making all the computers run on startup voltage that may or may not be in their desired range..........
The battery is back up to 12 volts now - it was a low of 7.2 when discharged. That said, I'll start looking for a battery. It is an Escape and the battery is a unique (read expensive) configuration.
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I ordered and received the following books:
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2. Bogleheads' Guide to Investing.
3. Tobias' The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need.

I realized I know very little about investing that I need a lot of catching up to do.
Maybe, I should have just bought book #3 above as its title implies.
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Mowed the lawn. Rain is forecast off and on for the next week so glad to have that done.

Finally put the snow thrower away for the season. Change oil, drain fuel from tank, lines, and carburetor, put some oil in the cylinder, grease job on lube points. Hopefully it'll sit, unused, in the shed for years. Well, one can dream....

Went for a 50-mile motorcycle ride.
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It is an Escape and the battery is a unique (read expensive) configuration.
The Optima is pretty pricey, too, but if you're looking at similar prices for the Escape's "dealer standard" battery then there may be less sticker shock.
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The Optima is pretty pricey, too, but if you're looking at similar prices for the Escape's "dealer standard" battery then there may be less sticker shock.
I found one today at a regular auto supply for $90. They had the Optimas for about $180, but I was too cheap passed. In true LBYM fashion I changed it in the parking lot.
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My neighbor invited us to his 50th anniversary celebration. I talked to his daughter (the organizer) and volunteered to surprise them by supplying music, so my other neighbor and her husband will be singing and playing bass, respectively, and I'll be on piano.

They are less experienced than I expected (jazz bass is different from rock and roll bass, who knew?), but they have a lot of enthusiasm and it should be a fun, no-pressure gig. Today I created some practice tracks (with and without melody) for them to work on until our next rehearsal.

This one turned out well, so I thought I'd share it here: The Nearness of You.
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3. Tobias' The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need.

I realized I know very little about investing that I need a lot of catching up to do.
Maybe, I should have just bought book #3 above as its title implies.
Larry Swedroe has borrowed that title trick too. He has some of those "Only XXX You'll Ever Need" books out. Once on the Boglehead's forum I gently complained about this silly title stuff. He said that most financial author's are just happy to get a publisher and don't have control over things like the title or even the book cover design (some of these cover designs are truly terrible). So I guess we have to cut those author's a little slack.
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