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Bertha is back on the road. Beep Beep!!
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Before I called the tow company, I borrowed the ex's car, and had the battery checked. It had bad cells and a short under load. Like putting it in gear. Because of that, the sensors went nuts, the check engine light, and the check gauge light lit. The weirdest thing in this whole episode is the battery is usually the last thing to break, because battery technology has advanced to the point that bad cells and shorts are very unusual.

Topped off the fluids, took it for a test drive and am now returning to life as I know it.

Energy Efficient Housing and a Stimulus Package

On a tip from Doc Searls is this posting on a stimulus package focused on creating and remodeling commercial and residential housing.
Transition Team Weighing Blockbuster Housing and Stimulus Proposal
(A pdf of the plan is here.)

According to the posting the Obama transition team is looking at it.

This has some interesting features, makes sense on a number of levels, and will probably not get anymore traction, as it makes sense, will stimulate the economy, lower mortgage rates, and reduce dependence on energy.