Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Betwixt and Between

I wrote previously that I was 99% sure the culprit causing our Thunderbird Blues was the alternator.  Then I got a call from Brandon at Bob Swope Ford saying they were leaning toward an electrical issue, because the alternator appeared to be working properly when they tested it.  They spent Tuesday trouble shooting the electrical system, but came up with nothing, and driving the car around town they were not able to duplicate what happened to us.  Around 12:30pm we drove back into Elizabethtown to return the temporary loaner and get a rental, but hoping that by the time we got there they would have the problem diagnosed, and fixed, but, alas, it was not to be.  They were still troubleshooting the electrical system when we got there, so we called Enterprise and found they did have a rental available for us, so they came over and picked us up and took us back to their office to take care of the paperwork and give us our 2012 Ford Focus.

We arrived back home around 3pm, and around 4pm I got a call from Brandon saying the mechanic had taken the car out driving again, and the problem resurfaced, and the car shut down.  It had to be towed back to the dealership again.  That's a good thing, because now they have ruled out the electrical issue, and have decided it is the alternator, or some module on it that is malfunctioning.  So, they will pull the old one out Wednesday, replace it and then take it driving again to be sure.  It should cost us around $475 including labor.  We expect to hear sometime Wednesday, but I think we will wait to drive back into Elizabethtown again until Thursday.

Meanwhile, "back at the ranch" we were girding ourselves up mentally to do our first 10 hour shift starting at 5:30pm.  TLE made tacos for dinner (we ate around 4pm), which is always a bonus, and then at 5 we headed over to Amazon.  The first half of the shift went well, and we ate "lunch' at 10:15 instead of going home like we did the last two weeks.  Our next break was at 1:45am, and we were out the door by 4am.  To me, and TLE confirmed this, it was easier than I thought it would be, but by the time 3:30am rolled around my eyes were starting to cross, and my mind was not nearly as sharp as it had been an hour earlier. It is clear that it will take a few shifts for our minds to adjust.  On a side note I was at, or above 85% the entire evening, and for one 3 hour stretch I was at 122% of expectations.  I was certainly on a roll for that stretch, and I thought my numbers would be good.  I "picked" almost 400 items in that 3 hour stretch!

Now the next adjustment is to get used to sleeping til Noon every 4 days a!

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