That colorful gadget

It’s Day 358 of 15 Days to Flatten the Curve. Deb and I are ok.

If you’re in the bar-and-restaurant business in The Great State of Ohio, this is the second day of the second year of fighting the State for your livelihood — it was a year ago yesterday that Richard Michael DeWine served notice that he intended to kill an entire industry.

For nothing. He did it for nothing.

No doubt you’ve heard the term “arbitrary and capricious.” It’s used so often by the punditocracy that you might think it’s simply a figure of speech, but it’s actually a legal standard. Courts are instructed to invalidate rulings and decisions found to be “arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, or otherwise not in accordance with law.”

That describes perfectly our governor’s conduct over the last year. His relentless assaults on individual Liberty, commerce and culture are unforgiveable. And every Buckeye who owns (owned) or is (was) employed by a bar or a restaurant knows that better than anyone else.

That Acu-Rite* temperature monitor — or “weather station,” if you will — that we set up in Ernie is working out better than I expected it would. It’s been especially useful on these cold mornings, allowing me to confirm conditions throughout the bus.

We have the central station sitting on a countertop next to the dinette. It displays, by way of a colorful four-pane grid, temperature and humidity at three remote sensors as well as at the central station itself. The name of each zone can be assigned from a list of pre-programmed labels — we’ve chosen Living Room, Bedroom, Fridge and Basement.

The last two have proven the most valuable this week. I placed one of the sensors (about the size of a candy bar) on a shelf in the refrigerator when we started it yesterday, and I used Velcro to attach another sensor to a wall of the wet bay in the basement. It’s been great to be able to verify that the former is cooling properly and that the latter hasn’t dropped below 40°F or so.

In warmer weather, I think we’ll move the basement monitor outside and label it Outdoors. Maybe we’ll hang it from one of the awning arms.

Each sensor takes two AA batteries. The central station runs off 120VAC with three AAA batteries as backup. Since it’ll revert to backup power as soon as we unhook from the shore or shut down the generator, I’ll be curious to see how long the AAA batteries last.

Now if this gadget came with Bluetooth and a smartphone app, it’d be perfect. But at fifty bucks, and for our purposes, it works just fine.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

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