Sunday, July 6, 2014

July 5th

We went out and got lunch, and the sky's filthy with smoke from a couple of fires near us.

I touched up the paint behind the dresser in the bedroom, then re-hung the mirror and pushed the dresser back to the wall.  Egads, the bedroom's big now.  There's still a lot of painting to be done, but now I have the space to move things to get to the unpainted bits.  Joy.

In the evening I went to Lincoln and took the Flightstar out for what turned out to be an hour and three quarters.  It was weird - we're ringed in smoke from the fires, but the air's clear over us, as it's been a bit windy.  2 landings in a 70 degree, 5 mph crosswind, and I put everything away and headed home.  I stopped to put some gas in the van, and it wouldn't start - the engine coughed over and then everything went dark.  I checked with the built in voltmeter, and it didn't even light up.  Uh oh... I thought the battery had shorted out internally or something, so I turned the passenger seat round and popped the battery cover to find the earth lead wasn't on very tight.  I tightened that up with a pair of pliers and the van started and drove home just fine.  Once home, I tightened the clamp with a proper spanner.  I wonder how long that's been going on?

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