Personal Log - Tunnel 3 - Day 4 - Outside Temp 84F
My buddy Bill and I helped the Captain close up today. One of the last minute additions he asked for were gates at each entrance, and they made em for us in a few hours out of heavy ornate iron fence from the factory managers parking area. All the guards were sent off even before they finished bolting them to the concrete walls. No one said it, but they arent to keep anyone out. Theres no one out there now. They are to keep us in.
The Psych folks told us not to talk today about anything outside. We're supposed to dwell on the tunnel and whats inside. Tomorrow or the next day, depending on the temperature, we can discuss outside, after everyone is positively gone.
So I will talk about the tunnel a little. Its very quiet today. A little too quiet, and I dont mean for that to sound funny. Creepy quiet.
All morning they were still bringing in crates and boxes of food, today mostly fresh fruit and veggies. Those wont last long, and from then on, its canned fruit.
The last item to arrive was 1 last kid, and I already feel sorry for him. The Captain checked that the 666 girls were all settled into their area, and the 333 boys were getting sorted out, and noticed 1 empty bunk assignment. Everything was planned for 1000 kids and right up til today nobody realized that having 2 girls for every boy didnt add up evenly. So they rushed 1 more boy in, and he got bunk # 667. The first batch of boys were assigned their numbers from 1000 and counted down. Naturally 667 is getting more than his share of teasing. I'd forgotten how mean kids are when they are determining the pecking order.
I'll assume anyone reading this was in a tunnel of their own, but doesnt know anything about Tunnel 3 in Kansas.
There are 2 other tunnels in Kansas besides ours, #2 is in a large limestone cave in Kansas City. The State of Missouri has their Primary close to that one. #1 in Kansas is the huge salt mine near Hutchinson, thats the Primary Shelter for the State.
Every State has at least 2 shelters, most 3 or 4, and there are supposedly several small private shelters and Lord knows how many people hiding in caves and basements. But the States all selected 2 or 3 sites and the Feds assisted in modifying them and stocking them for long-term occupation. The best shelter in every state is the Primary. Thats where they put the indispensible people. Everyone the world will need to start the country back up once the planet cools off.
Tunnel #1 is one of the biggest in the country, and the Feds gave them a lot of attention. Besides having around 2000 experts in every field, and engineers and craftsmen and scientists, they have a large herd of farm animals down there, so we'll eventually have real food without having to figure out how to make animals out of DNA. Its a regular Noahs Ark. Tunnel #2 has about 1000 experts and just a few small animals.
Someone in Washington figured out that there was enough food left to stock a Tunnel 3 in every state, which could hold around 1000 people. So besides the staff of 100 ( and we are all experts in something, by the way) all the Tunnel 3s are stocked with 1000 "young adults approaching optimum breeding age" which means seventeen year olds. Breeding stock. Just like the farm animals. So once the planet cools off, we'll be here ready to repopulate the world.
Our Tunnel (home sweet home) is under an old bomber factory built in World War 2. To free up space and make it easier to get around they put these tunnels under the factory floor. There are rest rooms and classrooms and offices and storage rooms. Mostly though, its just square concrete corridor. Concrete floor, walls and ceiling.
There are 4 main corridors. They form a number 9 with square corners, or a square with one side extending past the corner. You know what I mean. The long leg runs east-west, and its the biggest corridor, almost 15 feet wide. Most of the classrooms are on the south side of that corridor. The other corridors are only 8 or 10 feet wide, and the whole place is so full of boxes and crates and bunks that it looks like an old submarine movie. They took out a lot of pipes and wires to make room for us. Up top in the factory they covered the floor above us with insulation of every kind, and covered that all with dirt so the heat wouldnt bleed thru the concrete and cook us in the corridors.
Allisons Food people converted one of the classrooms into a kitchen and another into a cafeteria. Its not big enough to hold even a fourth of us at one time, so everyone will be eating in shifts, like on a Navy ship. One room was turned into a huge freezer, and its packed to the ceiling with frozen sides of beef and every kind of meat by the crate. I hope it has enough in it to last til the weather improves.
Im gonna quit writing now. They warned us that tommorow will be very tense.
My buddy Bill just came by and told me that a cold front went thru this morning. It should be snowing like crazy outside now. It was 80 degrees tho when we closed the gates. Bill said in South America and Australia its already over 130 degr F and folks are dropping like flies.
Last edited by Saxon Dog
on Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
WHAT ELSE COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG