The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

Breaking It Down

2 years ago:

A pupil-cum-friend-cum-car expert I knew told me after I purchased my car, a '97 Grand Prix, that I needed to be careful when I jump started others' cars because I could do major electrical damage to it. In his words, 'You better really like whoever you help out.' I learned that he tended to exaggerate, or at least be exceptionally aware of possible problems, when it comes to car issues.

2 months ago:

My brother-in-law and sister kindly allowed me to live with them for 6 weeks while I interned at a publishing company in May-June. When his truck didn't start, I felt it only fair that I jump start it. I mean, I would have in any case but especially in the case that he's providing me room and board.

1 month, 3 weeks ago:
My battery dies. Replacement: $70.00.

2 days ago:
I hear a strange lower-than-normal hum in the engine. Irritated, I note a 'new noise' to my fiancee.

I notice my battery light is illuminated on my dash. Annoyed, I ignore it and hope it will go away.

Battery light is still on as I drive to work. As I drive to our jobsite, the radio goes dead, followed by a loss in acceleration, followed by a loss in power steering and braking, then the engine dies, just as I pull, crookedly, into a parking space.

Cause: My alternator dies. Replacement: $112.00.

Verdict: Okay, so maybe he was right. I didn't think so, but after reviewing this timeline I recognize it's possible. Although, it's also possible that it is a normal sequence of events. The last battery was old. And alternators never last.

I'm going with the laws of thermodynamics: everything is deteriorating.