About a half an hour ago, I went merrily on my way to head out to the grocery store. When I opened my car door, something sounded different. The window always goes down a fraction of an inch when you open the door, then goes back up when you close it. Something to do with a tight seal. Then when I got in and close the door, CLUNK. The latch wouldn't engage. I thought, "Uh-oh," and sure enough, when I went to start it, it was deader than a doornail. Slick was DEAD!
Grrr, how irritating. This happened once before when we first got it. I forget what it's called, but there's a low level electric current that runs through the car body to stop rust. Sometimes I think it's just enough to drain the battery--maybe it has something to do with the hot weather, I don't know. So I paged Ken and sent an email, and he called pretty quickly. We have a charger for the motorcycle, and he talked me through hooking it up. (After talking me through how to get the stupid hood open, but that's another story.) As soon as I plugged it in, the lights on the anti-rust thing came on, and I was able to close the door, so I managed not to blow up my beloved car! Ken said to let it charge for about a half an hour, and I should be good to go. Kengineer to the rescue!
It's funny--I probably only go out a couple of times a week, so it's not like I drive somewhere every day. But when I DO need to go somewhere, it's a terrible feeling to not have wheels. It makes me feel stranded! Luckily, disaster was averted.