I offered Tommy some water or a coffee. He declined and got started testing the battery. He was dressed in a blue, polyester outfit and yellow safety vest.
“How bad has it been this summer, with the heat?” I asked.
“Oh man,” he said, “sometimes when I get home at night, I’ve baked for so long, I can’t even talk to my kids until I cool down.”
“Jeez,” I said, “what’s it like in winter?”
“I don’t know, I haven’t been doing this that long.”
It turned out I needed a new battery, so he swapped out the old for a new.
“What’s the trickiest battery situation you’ve seen?” I asked during the installation.
“The battery in a Dodge Stratus is in the wheel well. You’ve got to take the tire off to get at it. In a Ferrari, the battery is under the seat.”
I had no idea. We talked a bit more about batteries and then I went back into the house.
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