The following set of Real Revo posts are fictional. None of this happened.
May 15th, 1213: We just got word that Kent is up and walking. He is weak but feeling much better. He made it. We thank God but we still can’t see him. He is contagious and can’t come home. Thank God for the FRS radios. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to keep in touch. They are a godsend. Keeping it charged on the cigarette lighter socket in the car is a snap.
May 15th, 1423: It occurs to me that my mortgage payment is due today. How in the hell am I supposed to pay it? No computer access, no telephone access and no mail access. Most of the country must be in a similar situation. In fact, people won’t be getting paychecks either. Nothing is happening.
What will happen? Will everyone in America be foreclosed on? Will every business go belly up? What is the status of cash? I still have heard nothing from my parents in Fort Lauderdale and fear the worst. Will I have access to their assets? Do they have any assets? Will any of us have any assets? I really don’t know what to expect except the deepest, darkest depression in American history.
May 16th, 1743: There are a lot more cars on the highway. In fact, there seems to be a lot more movement in general. The radio says that power has been restored in some areas. It also says that civil unrest is still basically out of control. Military units have been so decimated with sickness and desertion that they are largely non-operational. In the cities, there is real hunger and as survivors regain their strength, they demand food and burn and loot to get it. This thing is far from over.
May 16th, 1832: I have to tell you, we are all getting stir crazy. We are up at first light and to sleep at dark. We trade off for night watch. It has only been ten days but I am not used to being shut in day after day. The kids seem to be taking it better than the rest of us.
May 19th, 1447: Kent isn’t 100 percent, but he is getting close. He is up and around and is making a full recovery. He still can’t come home but he is our window into the world. Since he is immune, he intends to go into town in a day or two and have a look around. It should be interesting.
The only radio news we had been getting is from a local station repeating news as it gets it. We got ABC Radio national news for the first time today. It was very strange. It was – I don’t know how to say this – patriotic. It was very pro-America and very pro-collectivism. There was encouragement and talk of collective effort in just about every story. In fact, it pretty much reeked of propaganda. I think it is evident that it has been nationalized and is under political control.
The smoked beef is a success. We have several pounds of it and it is holding up well. It is tough but tasty.
We have been running the generator twice a day for about an hour. The freezer is staying cold and we haven’t run out of fuel yet. In fact, I haven’t even siphoned from the cars in the garage yet. We are running generators no more than is necessary to keep the freezer cold and the well pressure tank pressurized. We don’t run the furnace at all and have turned the water heater way down. With what we have in the LP tank, hot water and gas for the stove shouldn’t be a problem until winter.
We eat less than we did before, but it doesn’t seem to matter than much. I think we were eating too much.
Kent is going to go for a drive tomorrow.
May 20th, 1642: Kent got back and passed on what he saw. Things are a mess in town. It is burned out and there is no power or water since the pump generator is down. It is a ghost town with only a few people to be found. He spoke to some and heard horror stories that are the stuff of nightmares. I can’t believe we were spared only a mile away. He told me that there was activity on Bob Miller’s land south of town. A bulldozer was covering a mass grave.
After visiting our town, Kent tried to go to Dubuque. That is when things got interesting.