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Argabarga
02-05-2015, 04:22 AM
Because the garage on the corner about 3 or 4 doors down from us burst into flame the other day.

No, I'm not kidding

http://www.centredaily.com/welcome_page/?shf=/2015/02/03/4585340_atherton-street-closed-as-firefighters.html

I heard the sirens, which isn't unusual, since we're less than a mile from the fire house. You hear that alarm sound and see the trucks rush past once every few days...

It wasn't until the cop cars started showing up on the street in front of us, and the column of black rubber-and-plastic-scented smoke started wafting past our windows that we realized this was NOT a drill, this was an ACTUAL two-alarmer going off right next door! (The building only survived because it's brick, everything else combustible inside, including 2 SUVs went up)

Why the suck?

Because in winter conditions (In Pennsylvania this means "Surface of Hoth") all that water they were dousing on the building soon filled the street and gutter and froze like a brick. Meaning the road was closed.

This upset/confused the motoring public greatly.

It's a CITY street!

And they pay their taxes!

Therefore, it should be OPEN!!! The fact they CAN'T USE it is SACRILEGE!

So what if there's a cruiser with flashing lights pulled across both lanes? THat's THEIR street that they GO TO WORK on, and they simply CAN'T or DON'T know of ANY OTHER WAY!!!!

And of course, since the PD roadblocks went up RIGHT where our block of the street started, masses of confused sheeple began driving through our parking lot, hoping it would somehow get them around the cops...... :rolleyes: Of course, when that didn't work, they just sat there, at a cognitive dead end, a metaphysical morass, like a windup toy that's walked itself into a corner of the living room and can think of no other way to get out than to boldly go forward until the walls submit to their will....

Gold star to the guy who went around BACK of the shop and, noticing the gate was open for one of our tow trucks, DROVE INTO THE IMPOUND.

Now, a car we don't expect just flying into the impound? For all we know, that sum'bich is packin' heat and looking to do something illegal, so we quickly shut the gate on them.

They didn't even notice they were now trapped like vermin and just continued driving along until the realized that, a fenced in lot doesn't GO anywhere. They pulled a U-ie and only THEN realized that they'd foolishly moved our golden idol from it's sacred pedestal and sealed themselves in forever.

Of course, as fate would have it, they were now on the wrong side of a barb wire fence with..

Drum roll please:

JOHNNY RUCKUS :lol:

Who was "volunteered" to go over and enquire as to exactly what the H the driver was thinking, and put the fear of God into him a bit before opening the gate and shooing the pest away to end up in someone else's drive.

Oh, and the reason he pulled in?

"The road was closed! I didn't know where to turn around!!" :confused:

Can bringing a civilization to it's knees be THIS easy? It can't! It just CAN'T be!!!!

SEND HELP! Before I begin doing my live-action Cuckoo clock impression again!

Gilhelmi
02-05-2015, 09:33 AM
Even easier than you think. Stores have 3 days to a week of food. Most people have less then a week of food in their homes. If something happens (like a massive snowstorm) that cuts off the ability to deliver supplies, people will get very desperate within 2 weeks.

Ah, I have seen this song and dance many times over the centuries (reading history books). It is like watching Rome fall all over again.

eltf177
02-05-2015, 10:11 AM
And this just keeps repeating itself. First snowflake falls and everybody's running to buy a snow shovel...:confused:

Dreamstalker
02-05-2015, 01:02 PM
FEM was astounded by the fact that everyone in town seemingly had to buy a new shovel every snowstorm. I don't see any "single use only" stickers on the things...but maybe they use them to save parking spots (technically that's illegal in Boston, but the mayor suspended that law and said if you can dig it out it's yours).

We're having "surface of Hoth" weather right now too. I fully expect to see the snow piles up to my window before it starts melting (and tauntauns in the streets :lol: ).

Monterey Jack
02-05-2015, 02:24 PM
FEM was astounded by the fact that everyone in town seemingly had to buy a new shovel every snowstorm. I don't see any "single use only" stickers on the things

Kind of like people who buy an air conditioner at the beginning of summer...only to return it in the fall for a refund. I know people are cheap, but all you have to do it buy it ONCE, and it'll be good for years (maybe even well over a decade). You DO know it's going to get hot again next summer, correct?

notalwaysright
02-05-2015, 05:00 PM
"The road was closed! I didn't know where to turn around!!" :confused:

Can bringing a civilization to it's knees be THIS easy? It can't! It just CAN'T be!!!!



I often wonder how civilization can stand at all. That's why, when I see all those post-apocalyptic shows I'm like "I can believe in the zombies. I can't believe there'd be any humans left without indoor plumbing or Google."

And thanks so much, I will now have that song stuck in my head all day long.

Jay 2K Winger
02-05-2015, 05:59 PM
Even easier than you think. Stores have 3 days to a week of food. Most people have less then a week of food in their homes. If something happens (like a massive snowstorm) that cuts off the ability to deliver supplies, people will get very desperate within 2 weeks.

Ah, I have seen this song and dance many times over the centuries (reading history books). It is like watching Rome fall all over again.

2 weeks is overly generous.

People will get very desperate a lot sooner than that.

Civilization is only two missed meals away from complete anarchy.

seigus
02-05-2015, 07:18 PM
<Goes into basement. Sees weeks of food and water stored. Smiles.> "Excellent," he says quietly to himself.

Ironclad Alibi
02-05-2015, 07:58 PM
<Goes into basement. Sees weeks of food and water stored. Smiles.> "Excellent," he says quietly to himself.

Note to self: Get map to seigus' place in Idaho.

seigus
02-05-2015, 09:58 PM
Note to self: Get map to seigus' place in Idaho.

Guess I forgot to mention the dogs and firearms...

Jay 2K Winger
02-05-2015, 11:05 PM
Guess I forgot to mention the dogs and firearms...

Those tend to go without saying for that part of the country.

MoonCat
02-05-2015, 11:21 PM
There's probably some people who still have supplies left over from the big Y2K scare.

Meanwhile, anybody who lives in an area that gets a lot of snow knows they should have more than a few days' worth of food on hand at all times in the winter. Of course, to some people that means beer and Cheetos, but hey, whatever... :D

Seshat
02-06-2015, 03:26 AM
Neither Bast nor I can continue without modern pharmaceuticals; and we both require controlled substances.

Two weeks. That's how long we can last - at maximum - once the pharmaceutical supply is disrupted. Perhaps a little longer, if our pharmacist empties his stocks for his regular customers.

Our 'end of civilisation' plan is perhaps a little morbid for discussion. :rolleyes:

registerrodeo
02-06-2015, 03:55 AM
Hey, I rode my tauntaun to work today!

It was mayhem here the last few days because some moronic trucker decided he needed some sleep and decided to pull over on one of the main thoroughfares thru Pittsburgh (a section by my house). Trucker twit must have been real tired and not seen the fire hydrant when he pulled over a curb (as opposed to the parking lot entrance) and took that mother fucker right on out, causing a geyser and flood all over main road (route 51 south for the yinzers). The water took awhile to get shut off, and by then the road for quite a ways rivaled Rockefeller Ice Rink as it is Hoth like here in the burgh and the cops had to close the out bound side off and people were pissed!!! The comments on the FB site of the local news channel were of the "how will I get arooooooooooooooooooooound!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" whines. Listen you whiny twats, people have no water for over 18 hrs and you are pissing about getting thru?? Side roads are a wonder!

Oh, and as far as food..let them call for more than an inch of snow and it is dangerous to walk into a store as everyone is stocking up on bread, milk and toilet paper (does everyone get the shits when it snows????) And they are always interviewing store owners who say they are out of shovels and snow blowers...do they throw them away in fits of joy each spring???

AccountingDrone
02-06-2015, 05:13 AM
Oh, and as far as food..let them call for more than an inch of snow and it is dangerous to walk into a store as everyone is stocking up on bread, milk and toilet paper (does everyone get the shits when it snows????)Don't forget the french toast - how else do you explain the bread, milk and eggs :roll:

Though a friend of mine came up with an answer for the toilet paper - keeping the kiddies amused with making papier mache stuff - it is after all flour and wter based paste and paper :lol:

ParkingWitch
02-06-2015, 08:24 AM
Our 'end of civilisation' plan is perhaps a little morbid for discussion. :rolleyes:

I'm right there with you.

I've been saying for years, "When the Revolution comes, can I be first against the wall?"

prjkt
02-06-2015, 08:40 AM
threads like this make me glad I live in a pretty temperate zone. Sure the weather is bipolar (from bright and sunny to torrential rain in literally minutes) but snow is never an issue.... Would like to see some one day though

seigus
02-06-2015, 02:16 PM
Those tend to go without saying for that part of the country.

Not to mention you'd have to get past all my neighbors too. It's a mixed blessing.

BlaqueKatt
02-06-2015, 03:19 PM
Don't forget the french toast - how else do you explain the bread, milk and eggs :roll:


thankfully we in south jersey are at "low" on the french toast alert system (http://www.universalhub.com/french-toast)

I really need to restock my MREs though. (I normally have a case or two lying around)

ComputerNecromancer
02-06-2015, 06:16 PM
Kind of like people who buy an air conditioner at the beginning of summer...only to return it in the fall for a refund. I know people are cheap, but all you have to do it buy it ONCE, and it'll be good for years (maybe even well over a decade). You DO know it's going to get hot again next summer, correct?

I blame the anti-clutter idiots.

I'm sorry but being told "if you haven't used it in six months, you should get rid of it" by people who are *not* on a limited income and haven't ever had to fall back on a several year old compouter (or other item) because the newer one needs a repair that you can't afford *really pisses me off.

*I* am not "hoarding" useless stuff. I'm keeping my books, and I've got a lot of spares for my computers and A/V stuff (as well as some stuff for projects I haven't gotten around to).

The "consumer" culture and the "minimize your stuff" cultures are *insane*.

Thana
02-07-2015, 01:47 AM
I live in MI....I grew up in FL. I've been here for 7 years and it still amazes me that if I ask 10 different people for directions on how to get to one place, I'll have 10 very different routes. In FL...there was maybe 3...possibly 4 different ways to any one place. Knowing different routes is a very good thing.

eltf177
02-07-2015, 09:09 AM
I live in MI....I grew up in FL. I've been here for 7 years and it still amazes me that if I ask 10 different people for directions on how to get to one place, I'll have 10 very different routes. In FL...there was maybe 3...possibly 4 different ways to any one place. Knowing different routes is a very good thing.

That it is. One of my quirks is finding back roads so I spend time with ADC mapbooks and on Mapblast. My uncle thinks I'm nuts, but knowing back roads can be a lifesaver at times. Like the time some moron decided to commit suicide by jumping off the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Police standoff for hours. Two of three lanes from MD into VA were shut down resulting in a 6 mile (11 km) backup while all three lanes from VA into MD were shut down resulting in backups up to 16 miles (25 km). It was a complete disaster and knowing back roads could save you a lot of hassle...

notalwaysright
02-07-2015, 05:46 PM
This morning at 6 AM I come around a corner and... the overpass is blocked off by police. My slept deprived mind took a second to realize that the cop directing traffic was not going to wave me through. Ha. Then it took me another second to realize there was a way around that only took about 5 minutes. But I didn't drive through random parking lots hoping another overpass had sprung up overnight.

protege
02-07-2015, 06:02 PM
It was mayhem here the last few days because some moronic trucker decided he needed some sleep and decided to pull over on one of the main thoroughfares thru Pittsburgh (a section by my house). Trucker twit must have been real tired and not seen the fire hydrant when he pulled over a curb (as opposed to the parking lot entrance) and took that mother fucker right on out, causing a geyser and flood all over main road (route 51 south for the yinzers).

LOL I know *exactly* where that happened--right past the Dunkin' Donuts. Been through there many times, and I only take 51 if I have to. Route 51 sucks balls in the best of times. Too many idiots in the passing lane, too many red lights, plus that huge mess just inside the city limits at Maytide/Route 88. You'd think people would be able to deal with water. But nooooo! Some of the comments on the news, people were losing the freaking minds! There are probably a million ways around that mess. It's not like everyone doesn't have a GPS/smart phone :rolleyes:

Android Kaeli
02-07-2015, 10:48 PM
I live in MI....I grew up in FL. I've been here for 7 years and it still amazes me that if I ask 10 different people for directions on how to get to one place, I'll have 10 very different routes. In FL...there was maybe 3...possibly 4 different ways to any one place. Knowing different routes is a very good thing.

One of the first things I learned when I moved to my area was the back roads, because knowing those will help more then just during the bike weeks.

Ironclad Alibi
02-09-2015, 08:55 PM
Guess I forgot to mention the dogs and firearms...

Not to worry. I'll bring mine so you won't have to share.

wolfie
02-10-2015, 02:09 AM
IroncladAlibi, I believe you've overlooked another obstacle that would be involved in getting to seigus' place in the event of a breakdown in public services. He's mentioned being in Idaho, your locator tag says "inside the beltway" (presumably the DC area). Does your vehicle have enough fuel capacity to get there? Does it have enough cargo capacity that it can hold enough spare fuel in addition to other supplies for the trip? Remember that gas stations would also be affected by a crisis, so you wouldn't be able to refuel en-route.

Ironclad Alibi
02-10-2015, 03:03 AM
Now wolfie, surely you've seen all those end-of-the-world movies that have shown up over the past several years. There is always a way to get from here to there, and reality never gets in the way.

wolfie
02-10-2015, 05:42 AM
I've also seen a few Westerns where the hero fires a dozen rounds from a Peacemaker without reloading, and a few episodes of the animated "Redbeard" series where they do the same with single-shot muzzleloaders. Doesn't mean it can be done in real life.

Ironclad Alibi
02-10-2015, 10:21 PM
I've also seen a few Westerns where the hero fires a dozen rounds from a Peacemaker without reloading, and a few episodes of the animated "Redbeard" series where they do the same with single-shot muzzleloaders. Doesn't mean it can be done in real life.

None of those match the flintlock pistol in this movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hacbe7XmrO0#t=3m45s).