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  • Back from Vacation – Lots to Update

    Posted on July 11th, 2009 Stu 4 comments

    I spent the Fourth of July weekend just outside of Montreal, Canada. No, I didn’t flatbed the MINI E. I visited the Montreal Live Steamers and ran my 1/8 scale train between raindrops. Of course, the weather on Long Island was beautiful and I was camping out in a tent in the rain. Oh well. 

    For those planning to drive in Canada, here’s a few things to note. They have blinking green traffic lights. They serve the same function as left turn arrows here. Some horizontal traffic lights have red signal heads on both ends to make them stand out. Also, some of the LED traffic lights have square red, diamond yellow and round green heads. As a colorblind person I can appreciate this although my problem is usually with telling red from yellow on single blinking signals. 

    Now on to the MINI E news. First of all I received my NOPETROL vanity plates. Unfortunately, they arrived after the registration sticker and were delayed because I put my mail on hold while away. I couldn’t wait to mount them and put them on in the dark last Tuesday.

    Another big even this week was the installation of the 240V charging cord yesterday. Freedom at last! After the electrician installed it I topped off MINI E 277 from about 47% to 100% in about 2.5 hours. It’s going to be great to leave the house with a 100% charge each morning. 

    My electrician also solved the mystery of MINI E 337. It belongs to Louis Boccio of New York Solar Solutions in Middle Island, NY. I’ll be getting in touch with him soon.

    Last but not least, there is another MINI E Event in New York City on July 14 hosted by Opportunity Green. Without charging facilities in Manhattan, I can’t bring MINI E 277 with me. However, for those who can, there will be reserved parking on Broadway outside the venue. I hope to see a lot of my fellow Pioneers there.

    Oh, and my wisdom teeth extraction went well. Only minor pain on one side. That must be the side that had the curved root. Maybe I can eat something at the two birthday parties I’ve been invited to today. And thanks to a full charge I’ll be showing off NOPETROL MINI E 277 at both events as well as taking it to Southaven Park tomorrow for the public run day at the Long Island Live Steamers.


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