That was a busy weekend
. Some of the people stuck trying to leave town have given up, returned, and started looting. The cops as well as a few National Guard
units are on the streets armed to the teath
and in full riot gear
. Luckily, this is Ann Arbor
. People here are mostly middle class white wusses
who have lead sheltered lives
, so it's relatively easy to avoid getting shot at
. I'd hate to be in Detroit
or for that matter even Ypsilanti
With some careful planning and calculated risk-taking, I've managed to procure a sizeable cache of equipment and supplies before all the good stuff was gone. List of general purpose survival equipment. A lot of the stuff I had lying around from back before the millenium scare, and the rest I had to borrow from area stores. Hey, look, I believe in Anarchy as an ideal as much as the next guy, so I'm not proud of taking private property. For what it's worth, I've kept a detailed written log of exactly what I took, from where, and what I damaged in the process of breaking and entering. In the unlikely event that I run into any of the rightful owners of any of the gear, I hereby officially promise to compensate them for it. In the course of my 'shopping' spree, my banged up old '00 Stratus proved unequal to the task, so I had to liberate a shiny black 2008 model Suburban with an integrated 2.5Ghz PC, a luggage rack, and an onboard fridge. Like I said, this gives me no joy; I'm only doing what I need to do to survive this crisis. Ok, maybe it gives me a little joy. Especially the PC. That mofo is SWEET! I can't wait to reformat the drive and replace it with AmigaLinux.
So, after several trips around town in 'my' new roadwarrior, I had the cleanrooms at work stuffed with all the goodies they could fit. My project for tomorrow is to change the locks, rewire the burglar alarms, and start the laborious process of painting and caulking up every crack in the hallways connecting the cleanrooms.
On an unrelated note, somebody is still logging into Everything2! The Other Users nodelet and the VideoChatterBox have been empty (except for EDB, of course) every time I was logged in, but someone voted on my log from Friday! I'm not alone. Whoever you are, if you're reading this, RSVP! In these dark times, it's important for the surviving Everythingians to stay in touch, compare notes, and share information.
Talk to you again tomorrow, if all goes well.