There isn't much I can do about it. The EMC here does sell a "surge suppression system" for a house, but it's expensive and it isn't surges that are destroying my equipment. It's low amps on the line and there is nothing I know of, other than buying a $10,000 Genrac system, that can help with that.
To replace the air conditioning unit and the dehumidifier will run me about $500.00. If I do it before the buffoons at the Electric Membership Cooperative finally get their act together, those could get burned out as well.
It's not like a I have a choice , though. The environment in the apartment over the shop, where both of these pieces of gear went down, is 80 degrees and 65 %. In the other buildings, it's 72 degrees and 54 percent. Makes a big difference. At any humidity level above 60% here, you are going to get mold and mildew.
Power still hasn't been restored to the whole county. If your home suffered significant damage, the EMC won't turn the power back on until the damage is repaired. But most people don't have insurance that pays for them to live in a hotel while the repairs take place ( I do, no tents for me), so they have to live in the damaged house. Most of them rent generators, seal off a livable section of the house with plastic sheeting, and go back to the dark ages life style.
I don't usually read Rifle. I'm not that interested in modern firearms. But this special edition was really good. I have a good many world war I weapons, and I still shoot them. Not as much as I used to, perhaps, but I still get out behind the barn and blast away sometimes. Usually in the fall when the weather is clear, cool and the air is dry. Since I use a lot of surplus ammo, some of it quite old, I always clean the guns three days in a row with bore cleaner designed for corrosive primers. I think soap and water works just as well, but I still use commercial bore cleaner designed for the old primers. I wish I could find World War II bore cleaner, I used it for years and it was perfect. But I don't have a source anymore.
Just a short post to let people know we are still alive up here on the mountain. Things have been very slow since the storm. We've made a couple of shopping expeditions, and that's about it.
Hillary takes a page out of the Soro's play book:
Speaking of books, Amazon is helping Hillary out by deleting negative reviews of her book.
Nothing much else to tell. No big plans for the immediate future up here. We're in a rest and relaxation mode right now. Between launching out on our series of little overnight trips, and then the storm, we overdid things a bit. It's good to just stay up here. Fall is starting at our elevation, the leaves are just beginning to turn. Wont' be long til October, and it will be flannel shirt weather, and fire in the hearth time.
I've been doing some reading while our batteries recharge. One of the books was written a long time ago, about another forgotten incident in U.S. history. Operation El Dorado Canyon took place the month before I left the service, so I remember it well.
link to synopsis of El Dorado Canyon above.
It was a joint Air Force/ Navy operation to pay the Libyans back for two terror attacks, one on a nightclub in Germany frequented by U.S. service personnel, and one on an airliner that killed four Americans. They were sucked out of the side of the aircraft when a bomb exploded, and at least two of them, a young mother and her small child, were determined to have been alive during the fall according to the book.
It goes into great detail about the planning of the attack, and the huge difficulties involved in trying to put together a plan when all the higher headquarters in Europe and back in the states felt compelled to put their oar in. I know something of how that feels from having been on Admiral Martin's NATO staff during the Lebanon fiasco. So I can sympathize with the author. He was a U.S. Air Force Colonel who was instrumental in planning the attack, so he knows where of he speaks.
One of the things I remember about that operation is that of all our NATO "allies" only England would give us overflight rights. That meant our aircraft had to be in the air for 14 hours, instead of 6, and had to conduct multiple refueling evolutions as a result.
After the attack , the Europeans squealed and whined, saying our action put them in jeopardy. They were a bunch of wimps then, especially the French. I'm talking about their governments here, not the guy on the street who had a different opinion. There's a lot in the book about after the attack and the fall out that I didn't know, but found interesting.
The other book I've been plugging away on is a collection of reminiscences by Marines who fought in the Pacific theater in World War II. My dad, my Uncle and my father in law all fought in that theater so it's of particular interest to me.