Day 6 (Sunday, June 20)
Wake up to the sound of the phone's alarm. Normally I sleep in on the weekend, but given everything else, I decide I need to use as much time as I can. I may have plenty of time to rest soon enough. Plus, I'm making a BIG dent in my To-Do list. Reach for the remote but I see that the power is out from the lack of an LED on the TV. Joy.
Swallow some Advil and go downstairs. Water is still working and there's still hot water. Power comes back on before the hot water runs out.
Weather looks like it's going to get warmer (hot) later in the day, so I decide to do a little more work outside. Check carefully outside before letting the dog out and feeding the cats. They're now on half rations. Hopefully it'll get them hunting even more.
Zero in the new rifle and scope. Doesn't take too many shots. The recoil isn't as bad as the 12 gauge, but it's noticeable. The dog runs down to the basement. I make a note to not make her stay near me when I'm shooting. Hurts her ears I think.
Wife makes a nice hearty breakfast. I'm starving. Using a LOT of energy the last few days. Feeling achy, which means I've been pushing it really hard. Oh well, that's how we've been getting stuff done on the house anyway. Turn on the TV while we eat. Something is definitely rotten in the state of Denmark. Sounds like downtown Cincinnati, going up 75, has just gone insane. Wonder how the old house is. Guess I'm not heading up there today. The roads are now closed in Butler county as well. Call up one of my buddies, confirm him and his relocated to their BOL. He told me that it was a bit of a pain to get to, since the bridges were closed. He remembered the private bridge I'd found on google maps that was part of quarry and made it across there. We settled on a common frequency to use on the handheld radios in case he had to head my way.
I debate on trying to get the solar panels up on the roof, but I figure it can wait till tomorrow. I get the saws out and install the three extra windows on the second floor, two to allow access to the roof via the dormer wall, and the bay window in the as of yet unfinished bathroom. All will allow more light in. Make sure to caulk them really well. Hang a white pillowcase over the deck railing, just in case anybody official comes looking.
I get two of them done before the afternoon storm hits. The last one takes me until the evening.
Am completely worn out by the time the sky goes dark and am asleep almost immediately (I took Advil before I went to bed)
Day 7 (Monday, June 21)
Wake up, turn the alarm off, fall back asleep for another hour. Am REALLY sore.
Get up, turn the news on. One of the local stations is no longer broadcasting, even on the satellite. All the other channels are working. I check their website via the phone and it hasn't been updated in hours. Last news article mentions really bad fires downtown Cincinnati and ongoing mob attacks.
The other channels actually mention that the channel 5 building and transmission tower are gone. The tower, when it fell, went down across I-71, blocking the entire interstate. It's been like that for three hours now and no government officials have even gotten on-site yet.
My first thought is, well, that'll make a nice bridge across the highway for a little while. And since the bridges are closed, there's no real hurry to get it cleared.
Power cuts out midway through breakfast. Fortunately, we've got the cooking done already and showered. Comes back on a few minutes later. One advantage of being close(ish) to a power plant with buried lines.
Finished up the remaining trim on the windows inside. Wife can now finish making and putting up curtains. We have to use PVC pipe for a couple of the curtain rods on the smaller windows. I think there may be a couple more curtain rods somewhere, but I need to reorganize the basement and find them.
Put spray foam in the small gaps around the back door and get the door trim up as well.
In the afternoon, we get a major storm front moving through. Just sit on the porch and enjoy watching the rain. Lightning strike within a quarter mile of the house, but no issues with the electronics a reboot doesn't take care of.
Am debating on trying to make a trip out of the house, maybe heading away from town, but right now, I'm thinking I can't justify it on a risk\benefit analysis. We're well set for food and water. Ammo, well, you can never have enough... She's doing the laundry every couple of days, just to keep it down. I'm starting to seriously wonder if this is a 'wheels are coming off' scenario. I also think I may be going crazy, since the more I watch this stuff on the news and the net, the more I'm starting to think reality has managed to do a crossover with a zombie movie.
The problem with it being just me and the wife is, once we finish up the to-do list, it's going to be a bit boring. We've got some board games, but two person monopoly gets boring. Hell, with two more people, we could play some better games or even do some table top RPGing. Oh well, doesn't matter, we've still got work to do.
Day 8 (Tuesday, June 22)
Well, I'm supposed to be back at work today, but there's still a closure of the roads in Hamilton county. And, oh yeah, downtown is on fire. Minor issue. No call from the phone tree though. I go ahead and try to call in, but get that the call cannot be completed as dialed. Send email to my boss and team lead. Hopefully this thing will blow over and I'll still have a job. Mind you, given what I'm seeing on the TV, I may very well be able to get a gig as a project manager on one of the construction\rebuilding projects that's going to HAVE to happen when all this settles out. Or maybe IT at one of the infrastructure companies.
Of course, that's making some pretty big assumptions. But, I'm still optimistic.
Heard a flurry of gunshots in the distance earlier, couple more a few minutes later. Sounded like one weapon, based off the reports.
The pile of trim is actually almost gone down in the basement. Started putting the floor trim in as well. That stuff goes in quick, between the nailer and the miter saw. Think we do have enough for the whole house.
I'm glad we're knocking this stuff out... I'm once again sick of working on the house. But, it looks better, and, frankly, we've got some more space now that the trim is up and out of the basement. I knew it wouldn't take more than a few days to get this stuff done. Wish that civilization burning wouldn't have been what gave me the time to do it.
Got the RO system out of the box and hooked up as well. It's a good thing I screwed up early on and bought EVERYTHING we'd need for the house projects. Although they do (did) take up lots of space, at least this way I have them on hand.
Pasta and advil for dinner. Sleep right after that.
I managed to get onto UPS's site and put in the tracking numbers for my orders... What sucks is, they're up at the Sharonville distribution center, both the ammo and the greenhouse. No idea if or when they'll be delivered.
Day 9 (Wednesday, June 23)
Wake up. Not quite as sore today. Still take some Advil.
Turn on the news and am somewhere between stunned, furious and hilariously amused.
An Executive Order to hand over guns and ammo to the national guard to help contain the situation. Really? As far as I know, that's an illegal order, as Executive Orders cannot supersede the constitution. I have to wonder how many troops are actually trying to enforce this one. Not to mention, where the hell would they PUT all of them? There's like 200 million of them, not to mention the ammo...
Kitchens are being set up to help? And 'representatives' will be sent around to collect 'extra' food, as well as guns and ammo? Let's think on this one... Given how screwed up the CENSUS was, how do they think this is going to work... I have a suspision that between graft, outright theft, poor logistics, and, oh yeah, what seem to be, for all intents and purposes ZOMBIES, that people aren't going to go along with this. And, frankly, the ones who would, aren't going to be in my neighborhood.
And number three? Travels passes are revoked and people asked to return home? How's that going to work? If you're already AWAY from home, and you cannot travel, how would you get home?
Hell, there hasn't been a car on our road in the past two days.
What idiot came up with this crap? Oh yeah. It came from the Feds... The same people who brought you the Katrina aftermath.
Regardless, I think I need to move some things around. Just in case somebody comes to visit. Needed to move shelving around anyway.
I'll do that this afternoon. While it's cool, I spend the morning caulking outside. The afternoon is rearranging storage and helping the wife tend the garden.
I'm seriously contemplating pulling the mailbox and street number. You can't see the house from the street and the driveway looks a bit washed out, so with light discipline, we're invisible at night.
Day 10 ( Thursday, June 24)
Power is out again when we wake up.
Although annoying, we're okay. Means I may want to get those panels up on the roof soon.
Water is still running though.
Get the panels up on the roof and mounted, running the wiring down the conduit I'd installed. Everything seems to be working well. Wonder if I could pass an electrician's test with all the work I've done in the past 18 months now. Might be good certification to have, although, given the way things are going, I've got the feeling that practical application and proof is going to trump paperwork for a while.
I run the other side of the 80 ft aerial out and rerun the wiring through the second conduit, on the other side of the house, away from the power line.
Spend the afternoon cleaning up the basement work area and reorganizing my tools.
Power comes back on around dinner time, then cuts out just before dark.
As long as the power is coming back on, even intermittently, things aren't that bad.
It's when the lights STAY off I'm going to worry.
Day 11 ( Friday, June 25)
Woke up to two gunshots this morning, not all that far away. I do a GOOD look around before letting the animals out. The cows are on the other side of the fence this morning, with all three calves. They wander off soon after I come outside. Wonder if I should get the salt lick out for them. Or for the deer.
The blueberries are a lot sweeter today reports the wife. Not mealy at all.
Check the perimeter of the property. Looks clear. I'm still careful.
Take the morning off, relax with the wife. We note the air smells a bit odd. We suspect it's Cincinnati burning. No worse than being on the freeway during rush hour though.
Power comes back on around lunch.
Spend the afternoon finishing up the network jacks and the getting the comms antennae connections done... Am debating on where to set up the radios up permanently now that I have options. Leaning towards upstairs, which tells me which wires need to be redirected to the battery bank.
By my calculations, today is the day a LOT Of people are going to start running out of food and food like substances. I'm not really one for prayer, but I put it out there that this whole thing gets under control fast, otherwise it's going to get REALLY bad. I can't even imagine what New York or LA are like.
According to the net, the packages are still in the warehouse, so I go ahead and pull the street number and mailbox before dark. I can always put them back on Monday.
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