FTP: Battery of Battery Problems

Gary Karschner
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

Who says people don’t pay attention to their world? Last week I mentioned what I thought was some questionable sinage on the highway. Well, a person saw the sign and thought enough about the message that he called the sheriff in Runnels County. The response from the dispatcher was something to the effect of ‘we will check on it but there is probably not much we can do about it’." Have you seen it? Where does freedom of speech cross the line?

The other day I was talking to my lunch bunch friends and told them about the recent car show I had played music for. We talked about cars and how they had changed over the years. We spoke of batteries and how they no longer give you a warning when they are prepared to die. These new old batteries just say ‘I’m done’ and they stop working. Michael said he had just experienced that with his wife’s car. He went to change the battery and he had an immediate problem.  

First, he had to find the battery. It was not under the hood or in the trunk. Strange indeed. He found it under the floorboard below the passenger seat behind the driver’s seat. Strange indeed. He struggled to get access to remove it from its housing. Just as he was lifting it out of the housing he realized he could not clear the front seat to remove the battery. Did you hear that? The dead battery would not clear the seat in front of the compartment. The front seat was battery operated. Did you hear that? The electric seat could not be moved forward because the battery was dead. Did you hear that? Yes, the dead battery that would move the seat forward to allow the removal of the battery was dead. What would you have done? Channel change.

The Fourth of July is coming next week. How will you be celebrating the event? I think of BBQs, watermelon, swimming, fireworks and sunburn as standards for the event. What traditions do you have for the Fourth? Please be safe and remember freedom isn’t free. Be Well, Gary K