Day 280: Fan-Tastic, simply

This is Day 280 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve and Day 40 of Ohio’s 21-day WuFlu Curfew.

For the record, that’s forty days and forty nights of my fellow Buckeyes and me disregarding a dumbass “order” that’d have zero effect even if we complied with it.

Deb and I are ok, thanks, entering what I suppose we’d call “New Year’s Week.”

Every day I make a point to do something toward prepping the bus, checking off just one or two items on my to-do list. I’ll admit that’s an unambitious approach, and I know we’ll be forced to kick into a higher gear soon, but this is my winter level of motivation.

There are three roof vents in the coach, two of which are equipped with fans that operate manually via simple on-off switches. The other can be controlled via a dedicated thermostat. That third vent, which is in the living-room space, was missing the handle that controls its pop-up vent.

We found a replacement handle online at an RV supply house, and I installed it this morning in about 30 seconds — check, another item off my list. But that’s not why I brought it up.

The Fan-Tastic Vent has been around since 1984. It’s quite popular with RVers, both as original equipment and as an aftermarket install, because it just plain works. The ten-blade rotor does a great job of pulling air, and the units overall have a good reputation for durability.

What I find really cool, however, is that the vents’ basic design framework hasn’t changed in over 36 years. No matter how old a unit is, brand-new parts are readily available and swapping them is plug-and-play. It also means that if, say, I wanted to replace the manual vent in the rear of our coach with an automatic model, I can buy an upgrade kit for half the cost of a new unit and install it without having to break the weather seal or get up on the roof.

Fan-Tastic Vent was acquired by Atwood in 2010, which a few years ago was absorbed by behemoth Dometic. I’d be willing to bet that Dometic eventually will build obsolescence into these products, or at least require owners to replace entire units. That’d be a shame, but for now we can still take advantage of Fan-Tastic’s legacy of smart modularity.

There was a chance that I’d wrap today’s post without commenting on larger events, but then I got to reading about leftists gaining momentum in their efforts to erase history. Millions of Marching Marxists, those “peaceful protesters” who burned cities and toppled statues, have set their sights on funding anti-American culture, changing public-school curricula and renaming everything in sight.

This is not new, of course, but they’re especially emboldened now because, for the first time in four years, they’ll have allies in The White House.

This is the Idiot Class, the Biden Brigade, the Disciples of Deconstruction — energized, and with friends in high places, but I believe they’ve underestimated the opposition of true Americans.

Our biggest advantage over The Woke is that we stand on principle while they operate almost exclusively from emotion. One day, I predict, these empty heads will begin to believe that water is sentient and broccoli has a soul, and they’ll starve to death.

What say we start that rumor?

Take care of yourselves, my fellow Patriots. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

Our White Christmas morning, captured in an auto-panorama stitched together by Google Photos. Today, just three days later, that snow is all but gone.