How to survive a long distance relationship

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Ugh. Reminds me of the days when I used to read Thought Catalog. *rant alert* This article has some interesting points but in my interpretation, I think it makes a lot of generalisations.

First of all, assuming that everyone thinks long distance relationships are the worst and that they suck. Yes, it’s challenging at times but this attitude adds to the discourse that short distance relationships are more normal and legitimate relationships. This is why whenever I tell some people that I am in a long distance relationship, I am met with a look of pity. Newsflash: my current situation is not a sad one and my relationship is as legitimate as yours.

Moreover, according to this article, apparently I don’t know my boyfriend that well because we have distance between us. I disagree. Did it ever occur to the writer that some couples have spent some/a lot of time together before they became a long distance couple? Just because we now have to communicate over Skype, doesn’t mean we put on this curated “front stage self” and only know each other on a superficial level. What about communication? My bf and I spend a lot of time on Skype talking about what we did today, what we will do tomorrow, and an array of topics such as ourselves, our plans, social issues, funny stuff, life stories, movies that we’ve watched, current skincare routines (:P), etc. As if we don’t know each other well after talking about all of that!

Okay, I’ll cut the writer some slack for putting forward points like be slow to judge and always have a future plan in mind. But I had to point out what was problematic in this article because I think we need to change the discourse towards long distance relationships. Quite frankly, I am tired of certain people assuming things about my relationship and some parts of this article reinforced that discourse.

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TECH TIP: Off Season Battery Storage

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Whether you’re running a 12v or 16v battery, off season maintenance is critical for proper performance and life expectancy. AGM or absorbed glass mat batteries are sealed, high performance lead acid batteries. This style of construction provides many advantages over traditional flooded lead acid batteries. Faster recharge times, higher discharge rates, higher resting voltages, more vibration resistant, sealed case design (multiple mounting options) and a low self-discharge rate are just a few. For these reasons, AGM batteries are an obvious choice in any racing environment. However, for a long life, they must be maintained correctly. This means using the correct charger for your specific battery model, keeping the battery charged when not in use to prevent sulfation and running the correct alternator for your application (if equipped).

All battery chargers are not created equal. Conventional lead acid battery chargers use a different profile as well as a higher overall voltage when compared to AGM approved models. AGM batteries are sealed, which tends to make them more sensitive to charge voltage and proper charge current. If they are overcharged (over 2.4v per cell), electrolytes will be released from the safety valves, which cannot be replaced. After several improper charge cycles the battery will dry up and poor performance will be experienced. Under extreme conditions the battery itself can swell from the increased internal pressure, often times combined with high battery and/or ambient temperatures.

XS Power 12v AGM batteries have to be kept over 12.6v when not in use, or 16.6v for 16v models. This generally means charging your battery with an AGM charger every 4-6 weeks when not in use. Another option is to leave the battery on an AGM battery maintainer (see XS Power part # HF1615, 1005). If left at a low state of charge, a chemical reaction can occur inside the battery. This reaction is called sulfation. Sulfate crystals will begin to form on the negative plates within the battery, leading to higher internal resistance, loss of cranking power and capacity. Once significant sulfation has occurred there is little that can be done to reverse the effect. If the sulfation is not yet severe, de-sulfation charging modes can restore battery function.

Most OEM and aftermarket alternators will correctly charge AGM batteries as long as they are large enough for the application and charging at the correct voltage. All previously discussed maximum charge voltage’s will still need to be met; maximum of 14.4v on a 12v, 16.8v on a 14v, or 19.2v on a 16v. We generally recommend running an alternator that will safely maintain charging voltage even at engine idle speed with all electrical devices running. Many manufacturers’ rate in maximum amperage, which often times do not provide the customer with realistic output or correct charge at idle. Making sure you have enough alternator power at all times will prevent the racer from relying on battery capacity to continue the vehicles operation. If your vehicle is total loss (runs no alternator) it is important to select a properly sized battery. It’s always a tradeoff; more weight means more capacity, less weight means less capacity. The most important rating for customers’ running total loss is the “RC” rating. This is the number of minutes a battery can maintain a 25 amp constant discharge until it is 100% discharged (10.5v on a 12v). Generally speaking, 25 amps should roughly reflect most circle track/asphalt vehicles running ignition, lights and helmet fan. With most racing applications we size 12v batteries to maintain over 11.5 volts (15.3v for 16v) even in a total loss situation.

Following these guidelines are key to a long and powerful .

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UPDATE SAFE AT HOME WITH HIS FAMILY!!!!

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Ok so I’m a lot upset. This baby wandered in my yard today and wouldn’t come to me. But whatever Mello said to him he went right in the yard with him. Not even scared even though Mello is every bit of 85 lbs. at first I tried to follow him but he seemed lost and went back to Mello. Normally I would put Mello in the house but I didn’t want this little one hit so I left him outside while I ran out. I returned with the family and he came out of the fence and right up to us. No note in my door nothing. What the heck? Now it’s getting late and the temp is dropping. I’m walking around looking in every passing car to see if anyone misses him. So I went around to my neighbor to see if he lived on the next block. Nothing.

My neighbor said she was going to the bus stop for her son and put him in the car. She drove all over asking people on the street and all the kids getting off the bus and no one. He has a Halloween sweater on. How could you let him roam around with these maniacs on the road. So I am posting him here he is getting a bath and a nice meal and I hope someone in Bay Shore recognizes him. They better know if he has a collar and he better act like he knows them because everyone wants him. I don’t understand why the owner isn’t driving up and down every block I would be. Brook Ave and James are my cross streets in Bay Shore.

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