Unfortunately it took two attempts to launch The Boat. Apparently both batteries had been drained sometime after BeezleBub and I took care of running the engine to make sure everything was working properly. I figure the master battery switch was left on as well as the ignition switch.
In any case, my first attempt to start The Boat was met with nothing but the chattering of the starter relay. So we pulled it back out on the trailer, returned to the Manse, put the batteries on charge for about 45 minutes, then headed back to the boat ramp. The second attempt was met with success. The engine fired right up. I let it run for a few minutes before finally backing off the trailer, and I was off.
It took me about 45 minutes to reach the dock where we're keeping The Boat this summer. Not bad considering I was dawdling on my way there. After all, this was a shakedown cruise and I needed to make sure everything was working as it should.
One observation: there were a lot less boats out on the lake than I remember from this time last year.
I find this difficult to believe.
Some people in Santa Fe want the city to ban WiFi systems in public places because they claim they are allergic to the wireless Internet signals. They say that the city's WiFi installations violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If they are truly sensitive to such emissions, they must be in a living hell because there are plenty of other radio services transmitting at much higher power than that ever seen from WiFi transceivers. In fact they must live in homes without electricity, without microwave ovens, TVs, radios. Their homes must be shielded to eliminate all outside RF fields.
But I have major doubts. Before Santa Fe even considers responding to their demands, it should insist these people be tested to prove their sensitivity. All I see are some people trying to use the ADA to scam money from the city. And if they are sensitive, what are they doing living in a city rife with RF emitters, both fixed and mobile?
What if there are more scientists questioning the validity of global warming claims than those 'scientists' claiming the debate is over because anthropogenic global warming is a fact? How do the AGW believers reconcile the fact that a very large percentage their 'scientists' have no background or training in science of any kind?
It appears Senator Obama still has a lot to learn when it comes to foreign policy. The problem is much of this is something he should already know.
Could it be that global warming scientists were wrong? Could it be because their computer models don't work?
(H/T Viking Pundit)
As good as the weather was today, it's supposed to be even better tomorrow. We'll be out on the lake then, maybe even making it out twice during the day.
And that's the news from Lake Winnipesaukee, where the summer tourist season has officially started, gas prices are going through the roof, and where the summerfolk have reappeared in droves.