Cheap Fun With a Long Wait (Part 2)

Here are my pomegranate and apple “future trees”. I’m not sure what happened to the apple trees that were occupying the now vacant spots. I have planted some more seeds from the same batch of apples and I’m hoping they will sprout so that I will have six “future apple trees”.


3 thoughts on “Cheap Fun With a Long Wait (Part 2)

  1. Well, if you’re going to compete with Johnny Appleseed and Bobby Pomegranate, you’re going to have to stop calling yourself an electrical engineer, it’s a federal rule, I think.

    • I probably am violating some state law when I call myself an electrical engineer. While I do have a MSEE degree, I’m not a registered professional engineer. 🙂

    • Well, since you’re one of those MSEEs, here’s something you can help me figure out.

      I live in Florida. My neighbor has an emergency electric generator. He paid somewhere around $10,000 for it. It runs on propane. IMO, the generator is not well grounded, so my wife and I go to bed at night wondering when the light show will start.

      Anyway, as one may recall from sixth-grade science, propane is a gas. Circulating recently is a meme (billed as fake news) about EV charging stations. Some claim that EV charging stations are run from diesel-powered engines. Here, where I live, diesel fuel is running at about $4.50/gallon. So, if it takes three hours to fully charge an EV, and within that three-hour period the EV charging station uses 12 gallons of diesel, then I fail to see any benefit to purchasing an EV — whose replacement batteries in 3 years will cost more than the value of the EV. Well, not all charging stations run on diesel, of course. Some are propane, which where I live cost $4.09/gallon.

      The people who are responsible for setting up EV charging stations shout “Poppycock” to anyone repeating the story about diesel generators. One of these people is a spokesman for Oncor Electric Delivery Company. He admits that Oncor doesn’t actually generate its own electricity; it merely buys amps from someone else and transfers them to the EV charging station. Oncor’s spokesman doesn’t know where their electricity comes from. He said there’s simply no way to tell where the amps originate. They could come from nuclear power, windmills (which I think is highly unlikely), solar energy (equally unlikely) — or, (GASP), coal-burning electrical generation plants. My eyes are burning.

      I’ve concluded that EVs are part of an elaborate scam to screw the American people (again or still, as you wish). So, yeah, I live in Florida where we do have EV charging stations every 600 miles along major highways (heh). Personally, when the approaching hurricane has done its worst, I hope it takes all EV charging stations with it — and, as long as the storm leaves us with our outstanding governor … then we be good.

      So MSEE, while the apples are growing, where am I wrong about EV technology?

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