Unbearably hot here in the Great Northwest. We get very few days with temps over 100 degrees so for those few days its not worth the hassle and expense of air conditioning…esp. since once the sun goes down temps drop around thirtyfive or forty degrees. Fortunately the basement stays nice and cool.
As I understand it, basements actually are an exception rather than a norm in many parts of the country. People sometimes tell me, with obvious jealousy, how they wish their house had a basement and how useful it must be. Some friends of mine have crawlspaces under their house rather than a basements but they can at least store some gear down there. Unfortunately, basements have a couple drawbacks – first of all, they can be damp or humid which can be a big problem if youre storing stuff that you don’t want to rust (like guns or cans of food). Additionally, if a pipe breaks or your neighborhood floods or someone decides to just get cute and shove a garden house through the window all that water is going to pool in your basement. Emphasis on pool. This is why I try not to store anything less than four feet off the floor that is not waterproof or insensitive to water.
I was thinking about this because in my kitchen, like many kitchens, I have a couple rows of cabinets. The lower row gets used for most of the day-to-day stuff and the higher row of cabinets, which are a bit more difficult to access, get the stored foods and bulk stuff. I went into those cabinets yesterday for some things and was disappointed at how warm it was up there near the ceiling. Normally not an issue since our clime is fairly temperate here, but with the unprecedented heat lately theres quite a cushion of heated air floating up there at ceiling level. This cannot be good for stored food.
The solution, naturally, is that ‘cool dark place’ that all the labels tell us food likes to hang out in. In my case, that’s gonna be the basement. It’s a bit annoying because I cannot access my basement directly from my kitchen. Really, a pantry would be nice but I don’t have that.
My house is, as far as I know, vermin free and I very much want to keep it that way so any food that gets stored in the basement is going to have to be of the canned or well-packaged variety, and stored on wire shelves designed for this purpose. Nice thing is it’ll free up space in the kitchen for other things, like pots and pans which seem to accumulate on flat surfaces. Bad thing is my available space in the basement will be taking another hit. It’s a basement, not a tardis…its got a limited amount of space.
Next house I get, however, is going to have a nice pantry…right off the kitchen, insulated from cold/hot outside walls, floor-to-ceiling shelves and storage capacity of Roman Empire proportions.
Uber shout out to merccom who’s posts lately show he walks it as he talks it. Kudos!
If, like me, a .50 caliber rifle may just be a little too expensive but you still want something with some serious range and downrange oomph you may be interested in Remingtons new offering. They are offering a .338 Lapua on their 700 action. Best part is it is priced less than pretty much anyone elses gun. I would imagine it will take all the myriad accessories made for the 700-series guns.
Speaking of boomsticks, someone mentioned a bit of difficulty finding PTR rifles for sale. I called the other day and Lew Horton has a few in stock. $1100~ your choice of brake/suppressor and fixed/telestock. Even if youre not gonna buy one right now but figure you will be buying one later, buy the mags and spare parts now while they are cheap, cheap, cheap. Hortons also has mags for $2 each but you gotta go through an FFL. Worth noting – several newer .308 semi autos are made to use the HK91 mag because of its current cheap availability so even if you aren’t getting an Hklone you may still have a use for these things in other guns.
I try very much to keep religion, politics and that sort of thing out of here because they detract from the main issues. However, I will say that I think we can all agree that given the choice between the two major parties, one poses a greater threat to gun rights than the other party. It is my firm belief that party will win the 2008 election and that the smart money should be planning accordingly. Remember all those things you missed during 1994-2004? Déjà vu, baby. Buy ‘em now or you really will hate yourself later. Pick up a copy of Shotgun News, get out your credit card, and buy those magazines now.
Still have about 60 cans of various MH FD left over if anyone is interested.