Down But Not Out

Today a band of believers from our church left for Arizona to help jump-start a “Power Plant.”  Please keep them in your prayers.  Even if the going gets tough, pray that they won’t get going, but instead trust in our sovereign God to do as He pleases so He may be glorified the most.

2 Corinthians 4 (New American Standard Bible)

2 Corinthians 4

Paul’s Apostolic Ministry

 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not reach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

 For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you. But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

From one jump-start to another

(Actual car and battery in photo are not mine)

The original battery on “Devoted Dan” died on Thursday.  I should’ve thought it was on its last legs when I started the car for my morning commute.  I had to crank longer than usual for the car to come to life.  Instead, I thought nothing of it.  Thank God my friend and brother in Christ, Rex, who is a Senior New Vehicle Data Editor at, was working late.  He carpooled in the morning and his wife Emily came to take him home after she dropped her sister off at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX for those who aren’t Los Angelenos).  Her vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, had a brand spankin’ new set of jumper cables in it they had for “just in case” situations.  I usually carry a set of cables in the trunk, but never put them back in since I went to the track (I emptied the trunk because it was something I thought I didn’t need = weight.).

Having never jump-started a vehicle myself before, but seeing others do it a few times (two handfuls or so), it was a good time to use some knowledge I got from…the Internet.  After all, if it’s on the Internet, it must be true (not!).  A few years ago, I thought it would be good for me to know how to jump-start an automobile with a dead battery.  So I searched and found an article with steps on how to jump-start a vehicle.  I made my own mnemonic “device.”  The first step in jump-starting a vehicle is to connect the cables to the red (positive, +) terminal of the dead battery.  So I thought, “Red…DEAD.  Red…DEAD.  Red…DEAD.”  “Red” rhymes with “dead.”

Here’s an article on how to jump-start a vehicle by Editor-in-Chief, Karl Brauer.  There’s also a video on how to do it on that page as well.

Article –
Video –

Quick Steps (Caution: don’t let the vehicles touch each other (duh) and don’t let the cable clamps touch each other):

  1. Red – Dead
  2. Red – Good
  3. Black – Good
  4. Black – Unpainted metal surface on the engine of the Dead vehicle (an unpainted bolt or bracket that is as far as from the dead battery as possible is ideal) – this serves as the ground

Since the OEM battery bit the dust, I figured it’s “Upgrade Time.”  The first thing I did was to search (North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club).  It is believed to be the third largest Internet car forum (I don’t know what the top two are.  I’m guessing a Honda one and maybe  The result of my search was that an OPTIMA® RedTop battery, Model 35, would be the best battery I could put into the car.  It’s quite a bit more expensive because it isn’t like a conventional lead acid battery.

The OPTIMA RedTop – Info – Cool technology stuff after the jump

(Click to enlarge image)

Now that I knew which battery to get, the next thing to do was to get the battery.  As ESPN’s College Football Analyst, “The Coach” Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast, my friend!”  I couldn’t locate one (the Model 35 with top posts only) yesterday and this morning at SEARS Auto Center, Auto Zone, or anywhere else.  At KRAGEN Auto Parts yesterday, I was introduced to the EXIDE Select Orbital battery which supposedly uses the same or similar technology.  Because it wasn’t a Group 35 top posts-only battery, I thought it wouldn’t be compatible with my vehicle.  I did a little more research last night and the KRAGEN web site said the 75 model with top and side posts would work with a 2004 Subaru Impreza.

I went back to the KRAGEN in Alhambra this afternoon only to find the one I had seen last night was a 78 model.  Next, I drove to the KRAGEN in El Sereno because the guy (manager?) at the Alhambra store called them when I was there last night and asked if they had those.  He said they did last night, but when I went there this afternoon they didn’t.  They hadn’t had any for a while.  The parts consultant there was kind enough to check what stores might have the 75 model in stock.  The computer said the Montebello store had them in stock.  She gave them a call to confirm for me and I headed on my way.

I took the Eastern to the 710 South to the 60 West only to find our friend “traffic.”  I exited on Findlay and went East on Via Campo until I hit Vail, which I then went South on.  I find it interesting that I know the streets of Montebello a little bit better because of the convalescent home my maternal grandmother was until she passed away.  It also helped me find the batting cages two weekends ago.  I finally arrived at the KRAGEN in Montebello and they indeed had the EXIDE Orbital Select 75.  Great!

As I headed back to my uncle’s truck to retrieve the old battery I would turn in (if you don’t bring your old battery, you have to pay an $8.00 core charge – it’s not a bad charge because it helps ensure batteries are properly disposed of), an old friend from Pilgrim School, Ken Takahashi, spotted me and said, “Hey, Loren!”  He bought whatever it is he came for pretty quickly because he was leaving as I was bringing the old battery into the store.  He was kind enough to hold the door for me to since I was using both hands to carry the battery.

Exide Select Orbital – Info
Specs and Features (Pretty cool technology stuff)
KRAGEN part page

At $159.99 plus sales tax and a core charge (a charge you have to pay if you don’t bring your old battery in), it isn’t cheap.  Yes, I could’ve dropped a conventional battery into the car.  But I wanted what I thought was best for it and was gladly willing to pay for it.  What makes the RedTop and Select Orbital batteries so much better than conventional lead acid batteries?  Click on some of the links above and you’ll soon find out why!

I was a little concerned with how the battery would fit into the car because I already knew (thanks to NASIOC) that the battery cables in the Subaru Impreza aren’t very long.  As a result, I had to install the battery so it sat crooked.  No worries, friends.  That sucker isn’t going to go anywhere as I made sure I was securely in place by tightening the battery tie-down.

Devoted Dan’s New Power Plant

Tip of the Day: Always use gloves when working with automobile batteries.  Even though you can’t see it, there could be lead acid on the battery’s casing.

Down but not out – The San Diego Padres

Padre pitcher Jake Peavy hits an RBI double to support his own cause on Thursday night

The National League West first place San Diego Padres rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Los Angeles Dodger$ on Thursday night.  The Padres now lead this year’s season series 5-4.  Perhaps we may see Padre dominance of the Dodger$ for the second straight year as the Dodger$ started out with the lead in last year’s season series only to became the property of the San Diego Padres – they got OWNED.

The Padres also rallied from a five-run deficit against the Seattle Mariners last night to tie the game before losing the game in the 11th inning.

Thanks to and praise God we have a new physical place to worship Him at church!  Of couse that doesn’t mean our worship to Him is limited to that room in any way.

Warning: Short rant ahead

Am I the only one who thinks the stage is way too high in the new “Praise Center?”  It’s distracting to see the worship team so high up there.  They’re at the same visual level as the screens displaying the lyrics to the songs we’re singing as our worship to God.  Whoever’s preaching that’s normal to tall in stature (fyi: 5’9″ is considered average for an adult male) is almost at the same height of the cross.  That’s not cool in my opinion.

I saw the 2008 Mercury Mariner commercial featuring the “OK Go” song again.  I’m pretty sure it was filmed at VKC on campus at USC.  I’m surprised that commercial isn’t on YouTube, but the 2008 Mercury Mariner Hybrid “Tree” commercial with Jill Wagner is. :shrug:

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About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

2 responses to “Down But Not Out”

  1. DEAD_ED_WALKING says :

    the first time I ever jumpstarted a car, I placed the (-) cable on the (+) and vice versa. there was a lot of smoke and other special effects.

  2. heyjuke says :

    hmm… I didn’t ground like step 4 but connected to the post on the dead battery, and I never used gloves when handling the battery…

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