Keeping The Powder Dry


Monsoon season is upon us and that brings higher levels of humidity to our normally arid desert. The refrigeration cooling lowers the indoor temperatures, but it is only marginally effective in removing moisture from the air. With an indoor air temperature setting of 80° it can still feel a bit sticky.

Clickable image: humidity monitor and dehumidifier

We bought some desiccant packs to put in the safe and ammo boxes to absorb some of the moisture. During checkout on Amazon, I noticed a couple of gadgets listed in the “things other people buy” feature. There was an indoor digital humidity monitor and a rechargeable dehumidifier available. Being a gadget enthusiast, I placed an order for the two items.

Both the monitor and dehumidifier are in the safe now. We had a pretty good amount of rainfall overnight and the conditions are still a bit humid. The monitor indicates 32% humidity at 79° inside the safe. When I place the monitor outside of the safe, it reads over 35%, so it is definitely a bit drier inside of the safe.

I’ll keep an eye on the dehumidifier; there is a color scale above the window where you can see the crystals inside. At present, they’re blue and when they turn pink, it will be time to recharge the unit by plugging the flip-out AC plug into the wall outlet overnight.



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Monsoons Testing the RV Drive and Retention Walls

RV Drive Washout RV Drive

The past two nights have seen some pretty heavy rain and a lot of lightning and thunder. The forecast is for possibly more of the same this evening. While they are not of the most severe magnitude that we have seen in the past, the current storms tend to prove that our efforts are working as planned.

Thus far, the retention walls and concrete paving on the drive seem to be doing their job. The (clickable) images above show the washed out RV drive (from last August) on the left and the new concrete drive (taken today) on the right.

We may get another gully washer this summer which will really prove if we succeeded in our quest to keep the drive intact under such conditions. We will see how well the front walls repel the water flowing down the road from the higher terrain to the west, we will see how well the back retention wall diverts the flow from higher terrain to the north northwest and we will see how well the wall behind the drive keeps the rocks, sand and stuff off of the RV drive.

Gadsden Flag Widget

Confederate Don't Tread On MeOver the past several days, you may have noticed that we’ve been flying the Confederate Gadsden Flag in the left sidebar. That is in direct response to the mindless media and mass market merchandisers having a hysterical frenzy over the insane shooter in Charleston posing with the flag.

It is total insanity to think that a fucking flag caused the murders. The alliterative mindless media and mass market merchandisers (5M) cranked up the hysteria and the historical battle flag was toast.

Well, all of the above is a done deal. We’re not particularly in support of the Confederate position in the Civil War, but there are a couple of things we ponder.

First, Arizona, our adopted state (and The Better Half’s birth state), for historical purposes, fought on the side of the south. Secondly, my Great Grandfather George Washington (*surname redacted*) fought for the South in 1863, was captured, imprisoned and eventually expatriated to the Colorado prairie after the war was over. But enough historical dribble.

This post is to inaugurate the rotating Gadsden widget at the top of the sidebar. Randomly, the flag will select between the original Gadsden Flag and Gadsden modified versions of the Arizona State Banner and the Confederate Battle Flag. I wrote the code for the sidebar this afternoon and evening.

All the flags have historical significance and until such time as the First Amendment is completely gutted (fuck political correctness) the flags will fly here.

Carry Gun Cleaning Friday

The Better Half and I haven’t been to the range for a while, but since we carry our concealed guns every day, they need a little dusting off from time to time. We remove the “fur” as TBH puts it. We’re in a pretty dusty environment here and the carry guns in their holsters can and do accumulate quite a bit of crud.

The image at the above right is a two-panel slideshow which captures TBH’s Lady Smith after the cleaning in one frame and of me putting the barrel back in the slide for my Glock 30 in the other frame. Both images courtesy of The Better Half. You can see the full-sized images for the Lady Smith here and for the reassembly of the Glock 30 here.

After removing the fuzz from the guns, we apply either a little light CLP or oil to the moving parts. About every second cleaning, I will field-strip the semi-auto pistol and clean/lube the inside. We hope that we will never have to use our guns for self defense, but we want them to be ready just in case.

Throwback Thursday - Five Years Ago Today

Jim and Bob

It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but on this date five years ago, we finally met with DrJim of Every Blade of Grass for an eyeball QSO in San Pedro at the K6AA Field Day site at Fort MacArthur topside. Jim was setting up the satellite station to be able to communicate through the several Amateur Radio Satellites available. We posted about our meeting at the time.

When we think about it, there have been a lot of changes for both of our families in the interim to include marriage, retirement, relocation, health events and a host of things that you would expect of active people. Those changes in our lives have been chronicled in postings on our blogs.

DrJim will again be setting up his satellite station, but this year it will be aboard the Iowa, currently moored in Los Angeles Harbor. It sounds from his postings about the setup and plans that he will be in a position to hand out a lot of Field Day points to other amateur satellite stations from the historic decks of Battleship Iowa.

Nevada Now Accepting Arizona CCW Permits

Permits Recognized (Green and Blue)

The State of Nevada recently updated their Reciprocity List (PDF) to include several new states whose concealed carry permits will now be honored. The ten states added are:

  • Arizona
  • Delaware
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Apparently, the Nevada Sheriffs and Chief’s Association no longer have a say in the selection of states honored. Truth About Guns posted an article on this change of Nevada policy and a commenter, Jared, clarified what was happening with respect to Arizona reciprocity.

This is a big change that changes everything, because the only reason Arizona was removed in the past was because some Nevada instructors were complaining about Arizona permits being easier and cheaper to obtain, so they dropped them. Since the NSCA no longer has discretion, Arizona is back on the list and will remain on the list.

Unfortunately, and for no apparent reason, Utah permits are still not recognized in Nevada. See the links for a complete list of states honored by Nevada, effective as of June 18, 2015.

(Some content in this post ©2015 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.)

Map image is a screenshot from the interactive reciprocity map at USA Carry.

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