| Logbook: The Complete Entry Collection
| We've gotten to writing a journal of sorts, so in case help doesn't come, someone
will, someday, learn of our adventures. I'm only able to keep a few
entries per page, so I hope we keep finding paper. If we live through
this very long, I'm sure there will be tons of stories to tell...
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So after we built the first radio, Jerry had another brilliant idea. So we, or
should I say Jerry, built two more.
Jerry's been really intent on trying to figure out if this really is the apocalypse
or not. I do agree with him, after all I'd rather be sure no help was coming than
sit around and wait for that rescue helicopter that may never come. He's kicked
into absolute nerd mode and has elicited some of my own nerdiness as well. Hey,
I may be a goofball most of the time, but even I have some brains. He's got some
plan on using these three radios to try to figure out some details about the destruction
epicenter. As I mentioned before, we're pretty sure the nuke was big, but we have
no clue how close it was.
Well, it's been almost a week now since we've been in our new house. There are
the occasional space issues, most of which involve Brittany freaking out about
a speck of dust wandering into her "personal space." Of course, I'm
usually the one to get the brunt of it. She's been pretty reclusive, but I think
it's just part of the withdrawal due to lack of artificial UV radiation. Then
again, the current radiation should be making up for her lack of tanning locations.
Sam's been taking her out exploring for food and supplies while Jerry and I have
been working on the radios. That girl has got some serious drive when it
comes to gathering supplies and storing them safely. I wonder if she's part ant.
Today she found the remains of the library and started sifting through everything
in there for firewood and other burnables as well as some books that might actually
be useful. I still think she ought to give up her animal track and plant life
identification books though, after all we've only seen a couple of trees, mostly
dead, and some insects, nothing else. Oh well, we did dig up the old Xbox
for our house. Some things are just too hard to get rid of, I guess.
Well it seems some of our worst fears may have been realized. Jerry found an old
radio that was still in fairly good condition. Using the speakers and tuner
as well as some other odds and end items, he created a working one to check for
any radio signals. Nothing. Not on any station we listened to. As Sam pointed
out, that means the destruction is far enough out that a military grade nuke must
have gone off, if something else didn't happen. There's no way even the most advanced
backpack nukes (as the government calls them) could have caused this
much damage. Those were only estimated to destroy about a 5 mile radius max.
Brittany mentioned yesterday that the columns on the old alumni building kind
of remind her of some images of Pompeii that you see... saw in text books. Interesting to think that a nuke could cause ash like this.
Well, after the wonderful gift of couch was bestowed upon us, we took it upon
ourselves to reinstall a normality
to life. Sure, we have to search for food and live camp-out style... but at
night, we do basically what we always did. Idle conversation and mind-draining
boredom. Kinda refreshing. That boredom is very boring without an X-box, but we'll
survive. There's some exploring to do in the next couple of days. Obviously, we
know where we are. And typically we would know the surroundings, but it seems
like a great deal of terrain has changed. In order to spring lakes and valleys
that weren't there just a month ago, there must have been a terrible set of catastrophes.
We're still pretty certain that the foreseen Apocalypse did actually occur, but
we can't be sure. If a rogue terrorist set off one of those new fancy nukes...
the kind whose plans were leaked out of the US military about a year ago, and
it was set off close enough, then maybe the rest of the world still functions
and our little area was destroyed. It's worth exploring. Either way, there's nothing
better to do than look around.
Since Sam found that lake when we were fixing our new house, we've been thinking
about the possibility of trying for more than just vending machine-style food.
Our current stocks are running low, so we'll probably be trying pretty soon. Once
we get a really good store of food and supplies, I really think we'd better take
a journey out to see how far this devastation reaches. I will not live my life
not knowing if there is a normal world off in the distance. This lack of Internet
or communications of any kind is really getting to me. Ack. I gotta stop before
the twitches set in.