(1999/03/31) - Last night, to take care of the dual need to run the engine in my car (a Honda Prelude) which hadn't been started in over two weeks, and also to get a look at some of the cherry blossoms, I fired up the engine, put it in gear, and drove over to the nearby public apartments where there are a lot of cherry blossom trees.
Two and a half weeks since I'd been in the car... almost too long, as the battery isn't in really good shape, and after sitting for so long, it seemed as though I might not be able to get the engine running before the voltage fell too low to turn the starter motor anymore. Fortunately however, the engine finally did get started... and after making the short drive, I sat in the car for a bit looking at the overheard cherry blossoms through the open sun roof as the 125 horsepower engine did nothing more than warm itself, the interior of the car, and spin the alternator to charge the battery. A waste of technology to be sure, but an enjoyable time under the trees that I wouldn't have experienced without the car, so....
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon