Trouble Free Vacation?

I was looking forward to a trouble free vacation with the family at our secluded cottage on the shores of Lake Huron, in northern Michigan. It was dead of winter with blizzard conditions and temperatures approximately 0 degrees.
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For two weeks we did not have to start the eight year old truck with its eight year old battery in my Ford F150 big V8 until it was time to go home.
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That morning at 5 am — knowing that I had a three hour drive and appointment to get back to my job at 8 am — I hit the key and nothing!
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IMAGINE the feeling!
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The battery was dead as a doornail with no service garages open within 20 miles that we could call.
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But imagine my relief when I remembered I had stored behind the back seat for 3 months my Clore Automotive JNC660 1700 Peak Amp Jump Starter. I was quite anxious worrying, wondering if it would get me out of this MESS. Would I get back to work on time?
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I should have known within a few seconds of hooking it up — “BAM”. We were on our way.
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My wife knew I was not too smart for not replacing the battery sooner, but the children thought dad was a genius!
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by Steven Horvath
Michigan