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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2010, 01:41:48 PM »


Scene opens.  Fire and smoke rises impressively on the far bank, with helicopters gracefully crossing the sky looking for any remaining enemies.  Lights begin to flicker on, for the first time in decades, around the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station. 


"So...   You're the COO of this company?" Rooster frowned.  He was used to dealing with insane people.  Dealing with insane people with impressive air support is another story all together.  SAD seemed to be rather enjoying himself at the expense of Rooster being stuck with dealing with these new comers.  "And you want the reactor."

"Er.  Yes and sorta yes.  We at Post-Apocalyptic Enterprises Incorporated believe in friendly trade and cooperation.  We'd like to use your reactor.  And it is your reactor.  Unless you're interested in a direct sale or trade."  Rooster shook his head, having defended it for quite a few weeks and risking dismemberment for most of it.  "Gotcha, figured that part.  Well, the score is that we have the engineers and tech base to get it running.  You know know the terrain and are already dug in.  Let's make a deal.  We need a base and a place to store stuff.  You form a corporation between your folks, and our two companies work out a lease agreement and payment schedule.  We can offer tech services, food, fuel, power and ammo." 

SAD began choking in the background.  Quite a few other of the local defenders were quietly watching at a respectful distance.

Rooster performed a migraine salute, gently rubbing the bridget of his nose.  "So...  you're the leader?"

"No, no.  You couldn't give me enough stock options for THAT gig.  I head up Operations.  CEO runs the show, and we swap that position out every few months.  CEO is elected, but most folks assign a proxy for their stocks.  A board of directors keep an eye on him or her.  He or she keeps an eye on all of the VP's and whatnot.  Shareholders, which is all of us, keep an eye on everything."

"Sure.  Sounds like a decent arrangement.  Anyways, we can hammer out the details later.  I think we should continue getting the power running and we could use some help rebuilding.  Our fortifications were blown to hell and back.  We need the second bridge back.  Our side of the deal will be maintaining and securing this place, you guys provide the tech and logistical support.  We need ammo and food.  Get us supplies, and we will make our own."

"Here's to a long and profitable joint venture."   The Pagan began to hand out bottles of Centralia's Finest.  The defenders and the air calvary began mingling, and trading good natured boasts and insults.  A lanky young man wearing a lab coat over combat fatigues parted through the crowd, while hopping up and down.   Rooster noticed quite a few of the newcomers quickly step out of the way and twitch.  Obviously a reknown warrior amoung his people?

"Dude!  We cleared off the blockages on the intake pipes and replaced most of the damaged pipes in the secondary cooling loop.   Primary cooling loop looks fine and the containment vessel is pretty decent.  I had to fabricate a couple new circuit boards for the controls.  Time to split some atoms!  I always wanted to say that.  Oh, hey, I'm Nick.  VP of Mad Engineering."

Ah.  Rooster started to have a sinking feeling in his gut.

SAD gently cleared his throat.  "Er...  You're the primary nuclear engineering guy?"   

"Sure!  Well.  It's not that complicated.  Try making a go-kart out of a stop sign and random junk when you're 10 years old.  Gods, that was a learning experience.  Only burned off my eyebrows twice, though.  Physics is the real nuclear engineering guy.  He's the head of the Mad Science division.  I just do some welding and tighten a few bolts."

Rooster gritted his teeth.  "You repaired a nuclear power plant that's been abandoned for decades in about six hours, with mostly hand tools and some welding kit?"

"Oh, sure.  It's not like it's very complicated.  Besides, they did a clean shut down when they sealed the place up.  Only about 20% chance it'll go critical and kill us all with a thermal spike splitting the steam circuit, rupturing the containment vessel and fry us with some serious gamma.  Hell, that's like ten times better than stepping on any of our helicopters."

The Marine, Rocketman and the Swede eyed Nick for a bit, then took to staring between the reactor building and Nick.  The Pagan nodded at the helicopters, then pointed to the northwest.  "We need volunteers for a dangerous recon missile to the New Cumberland facility.  Who's up for it?"  Everyone within earshot took off running for the choppers.  The Swede grabbed some random guy on the way and screamed "GET TO DA CHOPPA" in his face with a heavy Swedish accent.  While they were all grinning, they were still running.

"God damn.  You'd think they'd have an ounce of faith in my welds.  Geesh.  That kinda hurts my feelings!"

"Nick?  Go power on the reactor, then get the rest of the engineers working on upgrading the facilities.  Draft anyone you please.  We're gonna need a couple dozen greenhouses, warehouses and barracks.  Plumbing shouldn't be that much of a problem, at least."

"Na.  I'll route some of the coolant systems through the river to bring it down a hundred celius, then pipe it directly to some showers.  Heh, you could take a shower for the next century and not run out of hot water!  Whooo!  I always did want my own reactor!"  Nick slung his AK, and hopped off towards the containment dome.

Rooster hadn't finished cringing yet.  SAD looked pained, glanced around and leaned closer.  "He's not really building a nuke powered shower, is he?"

There was a sudden lack of background rumbling as the diesel generators turned themselves off, and steam began to pour out of the concrete towers.

"Er.  Yea, yea.  He was just kidding.  Really.  So...  Anyways.  We need a bunch of concrete.  Hrm.  Like, couple hundred tons."  The Pagan was sketching out some notes to himself and drifted into mostly incoherient mumbling.   

Rooster seized on the almost logical statement.  "Why do we need a couple hundred tons of concrete?"

"Oh.  Uhm.  Replace the fortifications, repair your blown up bridge, start fixing the roads to a minimum spec..."  SAD and Rooster both nodded at the logic of all that.  Rooster was relieved that the newcomers occassionally flirted with sanity.   

"Yea.  That and you need pretty big bases to soak up the recoil from the Five Inch guns."

"Pardon?"

"Oh, I have the Recon folks looking for deck guns up at the Nay base.  I think it'd be pretty cool to turn TMI into sorta stationary battleship.  Well, not really, but you know what I mean.  Plus it'll be some time before we can move them up the river and Gods damn it, this is America.  Leaving artillery pieces to rot out in the middle of nowhere is just plain wrong.  Especially when they can be put to their proper use, for home defense."

"You people are insane, you know this, right?"  By this point, they were both grinning.

"Yea.  But nuclear powered insane.  Lends an aura of respectability to the matter, yanno?"
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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2010, 01:55:40 PM »

Great story you got going.

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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2010, 07:45:40 PM »

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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2010, 09:04:07 PM »

Sweet! Got my morning fix of Awesome before heading off to work! grin laugh
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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2010, 09:09:37 PM »

You forgot the other SC guy. The guy with a most interesting last name. The guy who's family has a history of making the moonshine (and keeping it away from the government). I'll also fly your fixed wing stuff of all descriptions.

By the way, I'd be happy to take over the Savannah River Site, too, since I'm not too far away from it and all...and I wonder if I could re-float the Yorktown (CV-10) and bring her up North...

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« Reply #30 on: July 26, 2010, 09:52:24 PM »

Your story must be really good, it popped into my head while I was out doing some work around my Fortress of Solitude. Wink

I was over by my east fence line and noticed there was about 2700 feet of north/south dirt to take care of rotor and STOL without any problem. A little fence line clearing and it could be stretched to about 4000 feet. I'm thinking a heavy with reinforced gear. Since my neighbor about a mile away has a heavy equipment company I think having dozers and graders around wouldn't be very hard.

On the west side I have two plus miles of flat clear two lane. It's about forty five feet wide asphalt with about another seventy five on each side clear of trees and only needing a few signs and maybe two mail boxes knocked down to land about anything. I have about a fifteen acre field sitting at the east end of this for parking and refueling anything still flying big enough to need that much room. For fuel the little oil rigs around here would just need some power to be pumping.

It might take a book or two to start rebuilding the whole country, but if you need a safe LZ right about dead center, I'd be up for a little barter. Wink

Thank you for the work your putting in. Reading this is truly enjoyable.

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« Reply #31 on: July 27, 2010, 05:56:28 AM »

I can't believe I only just noticed this.  Great writing Rev.

If you can write me in, that would be appreciated.  That would be the nerdy structural analyst, fixed wing buff with a penchant for CZ rifles in unusual and metric calibers who, unlike Balog, appreciates being back in the mid-Atlantic. 
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« Reply #32 on: July 27, 2010, 07:48:16 PM »

If Rev isn't careful, this could really turn into something.  File off a few rough edges, fill in a couple of low spots...there's the seeds of two or maybe three entertaining novels in what he's written so far.
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« Reply #33 on: July 27, 2010, 08:07:24 PM »

Your story must be really good, it popped into my head while I was out doing some work around my Fortress of Solitude. Wink

I was over by my east fence line and noticed there was about 2700 feet of north/south dirt to take care of rotor and STOL without any problem. A little fence line clearing and it could be stretched to about 4000 feet. I'm thinking a heavy with reinforced gear. Since my neighbor about a mile away has a heavy equipment company I think having dozers and graders around wouldn't be very hard.

On the west side I have two plus miles of flat clear two lane. It's about forty five feet wide asphalt with about another seventy five on each side clear of trees and only needing a few signs and maybe two mail boxes knocked down to land about anything. I have about a fifteen acre field sitting at the east end of this for parking and refueling anything still flying big enough to need that much room. For fuel the little oil rigs around here would just need some power to be pumping.

It might take a book or two to start rebuilding the whole country, but if you need a safe LZ right about dead center, I'd be up for a little barter. Wink

Thank you for the work your putting in. Reading this is truly enjoyable.

jim

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Thus far, everything I've written was "plausible".  Not only possible, but entirely do-able with the right folks and attitude.  It literally started as a challenge by someone in a different thread to write a post-apocalyptic story that wasn't post-modern nihilism like "The Road", which sucked hard, long and dry.  Naturally, I added a dash of insanity, snark and campiness, because...  Well damnit, that's just APS.

99% of it was me doing exactly what you did.  Starting at something, and saying "Hrm, I bet I could..."  



You forgot the other SC guy. The guy with a most interesting last name. The guy who's family has a history of making the moonshine (and keeping it away from the government). I'll also fly your fixed wing stuff of all descriptions.

By the way, I'd be happy to take over the Savannah River Site, too, since I'm not too far away from it and all...and I wonder if I could re-float the Yorktown (CV-10) and bring her up North...

ROFL, that would be awesome!  Tho I'd be hard pressed to think up an enemy force justifying a carrier...  Maybe twisting it to a carrier being a city?  Like Rivet City in Fallout 3?  But actually improved, not just used as a stationary hulk?



If Rev isn't careful, this could really turn into something.  File off a few rough edges, fill in a couple of low spots...there's the seeds of two or maybe three entertaining novels in what he's written so far.
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Lordy, there be a lot of rough edges.  I just hammer it out, virtually no review or editing as I'm just writing for personal entertainment value.  I seriously doubt anyone would be insane enough to publish a book about killing hippies and building insane projects after the world ended.




I appreciate all of the kind words!  I keep on expecting "Dude, that's just plain stupid" as I keep pushing the campy-ness boundaries.    grin
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« Reply #34 on: July 27, 2010, 08:34:03 PM »

Obviously whatever caused the apocalypse also brought something with it that caused previously exceptional folks to become moar exceptional, and capable of breaking certain laws of nature and sanity grin.
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« Reply #35 on: July 27, 2010, 09:28:49 PM »

I don't care about rough edges and whatnot...this is AWESOME PULPLY FICTION. Just write it as it happens in your warped mind!
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« Reply #36 on: July 27, 2010, 10:06:37 PM »

Lotta self-publishing and print-on-demand options, not to mention e-books etc. You know you want to Rev. And you know you want me to be your copy-editor.  grin
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« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2010, 08:33:35 AM »

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Tho I'd be hard pressed to think up an enemy force justifying a carrier...  Maybe twisting it to a carrier being a city?  Like Rivet City in Fallout 3?  But actually improved, not just used as a stationary hulk?

It's not about justifying...it's about overwhelming awesomeness.

And yes, improved. Nuke power, guns, lots of guns added. There's also a destroyer parked at the same base, but it's totally unseaworthy at the moment (it almost sunk at the pier). And there's a sub!




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« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2010, 12:26:21 PM »

A good writer usually tries to include scenes of the enemy in action or thought.  I would picture someone named "Antibubba" leading a band of hippies; not because he is one, but because he's a sociopath, and hippies are particularly susceptible to charisma and high ideals completely divorced from facts or reality.

And what do hippies hate and fear more than anything else?  Nuclear Power.

I always wanted to be a villain...     grin
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« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2010, 01:44:53 PM »

A good writer usually tries to include scenes of the enemy in action or thought.  I would picture someone named "Antibubba" leading a band of hippies; not because he is one, but because he's a sociopath, and hippies are particularly susceptible to charisma and high ideals completely divorced from facts or reality.

And what do hippies hate and fear more than anything else?  Nuclear Power.

I always wanted to be a villain...     grin

Hrm, hrm...   I think I may have some ideas on that...   I like.   How about, using the Evil Overlord list and a basic understanding of history to enslave the hippies

Legions of terror hippies.  Endless hordes of mindless deformed and evil creatures that smell horribly.  Hey, we had to work zombies in somehow.
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« Reply #40 on: July 29, 2010, 03:42:48 PM »

Hrm, hrm...   I think I may have some ideas on that...   I like.   How about, using the Evil Overlord list and a basic understanding of history to enslave the hippies

Legions of terror hippies.  Endless hordes of mindless deformed and evil creatures that smell horribly.  Hey, we had to work zombies in somehow.

I'm lovin' it.  Do it, Rev.  We await your next bit of master prose.
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« Reply #41 on: July 29, 2010, 05:00:17 PM »

I'm lovin' it.  Do it, Rev.  We await your next bit of master prose.

Won't be until monday, most like.  Maybe longer if I get up locked up for antisocial, drunken and/or lewd behavior.  I have guests for the weekend.  We couldn't make it to Defcon this year, so we're bringing Defcon to the east coast.  Hacking, shooting, lockpicking, copious drinking, Gods alone know what else. 

Should be good fun!   
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« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2010, 05:08:34 PM »

Enjoy, and then think about how the Texas contingent wound up at an east coast nuke plant.  smiley
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« Reply #43 on: July 29, 2010, 05:15:17 PM »

Enjoy, and then think about how the Texas contingent wound up at an east coast nuke plant.  smiley

Bit obvious of a reason...    They were DRIVEN up into the frozen north.   But why?   What would force APS'ers to move that far north, and get stranded on the Island?


Guess we'll find out Monday.   grin

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« Reply #44 on: July 29, 2010, 05:57:36 PM »

Don't you dare go all AlBore on us.... grin
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« Reply #45 on: July 29, 2010, 08:21:47 PM »



Guess we'll find out Monday.   grin



Don't forget to bring my character in at some point...every PostApoc story needs a religious figure. Like the old black lady in The Stand, but with less prophesying and visions and more Bible-thumping and hippy-killing.
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« Reply #46 on: July 30, 2010, 10:35:56 AM »

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Before TEOTWAKI, in anticipation of my future reign, I stocked up on gallons of patchouli oil.  Turned out it repels all but the most debased cannibals (as well as just about anyone else).
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« Reply #47 on: August 02, 2010, 09:12:43 PM »


Guess we'll find out Monday.   grin


I do believe that Monday is over on the East Coast by now. 
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« Reply #48 on: August 02, 2010, 10:31:25 PM »

I do believe that Monday is over on the East Coast by now. 

Just what I was thinking... /looks at watch

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« Reply #49 on: August 03, 2010, 06:37:06 AM »

Just what I was thinking... /looks at watch

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I do believe that Monday is over on the East Coast by now. 

Sorry about that.  Guest situation ran a bit long.  Had to make TWO trips to Baltimore.  Yich.   But all and all, a fun weekend of drinking, boasting, stories, shopping, and fooding. 

Got mildly injured, which was awesome because there were some medical procedures and tech I've been wanting to try out.  Had a decent sized chunk of skin flapping around the wound site, so cut off the excess, tossed a bandage on it (gauze + tape FTW!) and got back to shooting.  But afterwards, irrigated it with saline, sterilized, packed it with Hydrogel, rewrapped with Tegaderm.   I'm highly impressed with the results thus far, no infection or wound inflammation whatsoever (after nearly 48 hours!!), and the tegaderm is very durable/flexible/etc semipermeable adhesive film.   Oh, just allow any alcohol used for sterilizing to evaporate before apply, or it can give you fairly nasty second degree chemical burns.
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