Joew: Thanks for the info and advice! I did remember to make sure the kill switch was on. I've been through that route before.
I did wire brush the plug but I'll go and get a new one. Do you know the correct plug; I want to be sure.
I'm going to drain the carb as you suggested just in case. thanks for the advice. I remember doing it a long time ago. Thanks for the reminder. chrisd