Musing: Car technology and COVID

Brenda Donegan, Musing
Printed 12:43 p.m. ET Oct. 18, 2020

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“Keyless distant battery low” was the message that popped up on my sprint this morning. That is my third car since 2015 that makes use of a fob to each lock and unlock the car and likewise to begin it. No keys wanted for the ignition. What ought to I do, I contemplated. Flip round and return 10 miles for my further fob at house or proceed 15 miles to my vacation spot for an appointment, then pray there may be sufficient battery to begin the car to get to the sellers to get the battery changed?

Yep, I’m that blonde that will go to the seller for a $5 battery and keen to pay to have them put it in. They didn’t cost me to put in the battery, however all of them received a giant chortle once I mentioned I suppose I’ve by no means had a automotive lengthy sufficient for the battery to get low. Anyway, we’re all set with a brand new battery within the fob and no extra messages on the dashboard. That’s one factor I do like about newer automobiles — particularly for single girls who aren’t too automotive savvy — you get a message that tells you in case you are drifting into one other lane, you want an oil change, low tire stress, time for a espresso break or low windshield fluid and possibly many extra that I haven’t seen.

Yesterday, I listened to jackhammers as metropolis employees tore out the sidewalk on the aspect and entrance of the home in preparation to pour new concrete. I stay on a nook lot. Once I got here house from my appointment at present (Tuesday), I had one other scenario to determine — the way to get from my automotive to the home because the apron in to the carport was additionally newly poured. I parked on the road, walked all the way down to the neighbors, went over into their yard, then walked within the grass to the entrance door. I could also be blonde, however I’m not silly. In a dialog with one of many employees, that might be my scenario for a minimum of 5 days. On one other notice, it appears lovely.

I didn’t like seeing Marion transfer to crimson on the COVID-19 advisory map. Its time to return to sq. one, people. We — and I embrace myself —have change into too lax. This grew to become very actual to me this previous weekend. I had agreed to satisfy pals from Kettering at a favourite restaurant at Indian Lake to have fun one other buddy’s birthday. We arrived at four p.m. pondering we’d be out and in earlier than the meal time crowd arrived. About 5 p.m., people began arriving and the waitress walked them proper previous our desk. All of them had masks on, however I started eager about the door deal with all of us had touched and would contact once more on our approach out. No drawback. I all the time maintain hand sanitizer in my purse. However as people stored coming in and tables have been filling up round us, I used to be about to panic. I requested in the event that they have been able to go and instantly received a refrain of “sure” from all my desk mates. We moved outdoor with our masks nonetheless in place and continued to go to for awhile. Our dialog centered totally on how uncomfortable we started to really feel because the restaurant started filling up. I’ll admit, I’ve each concern and respect for the coronavirus.

It’s time to get again to the fundamentals. Wash your palms, put on a masks, maintain your distance, sanitize and disinfect usually. With cooler climate on the horizon, it gained’t harm to

open a door or window for a short while to get recent air into your own home. It’s not good to breathe the identical air again and again. When you have youngsters who’re out and in usually, you in all probability get sufficient recent air with the fanning of the door.

Let me go away you with this citation by Hippocrates: “Wherever the artwork of drugs is liked, there may be additionally a love of humanity.”

Till subsequent week. Be protected!

Brenda Donegan is a former Marion Star staffer. She could also be reached at [email protected]

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