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Last Man on Earth: How Would You Behave?

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antedeluvian
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what about payment?
antedeluvian   4/21/2015 11:23:01 AM
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Max

When they later drive to a store, Carol is horrified when Phil drives through stop signs, and she goes ballistic when he parks in a handicapped slot outside the store.


Never mind that- does he (or you) pay for the stuff he gets from the store, and if so how?

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2015 11:28:37 AM
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@antedeluvian: Never mind that- does he (or you) pay for the stuff he gets from the store, and if so how?

Well, this is obviously a tricky one -- but assuming everyone else (as far as you know) has died from a virus, I personally would have no problem taking what I need to survive from stores. But I wouldn't smash things up unnecessarily and I wouldn;t park in dasabled parking slots (call me "old fashioned" if you will :-)

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Crusty1   4/21/2015 11:43:24 AM
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Interesting Max;

I have my early life firmly attached to horse power enabled farming ( 4 legs a head and tail type horse power).

I think I would find myself the nicest mixed arable farm and run it with horse power. I would also raid the local hospital for all the antibiotics that would last and as much medical equipment that a one man band could use.

I would also make myself self sufficient in electricity and puirfied water by getting as much wind and solar power working on my land and if possible a water turbine, Ii's amazing how reliant we have become on fridges and freezers and hot water and how much this contributes tpo our health.

With the animals as company I think I could stand the isolation.

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2015 12:13:32 PM
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@Crusty: ...With the animals as company I think I could stand the isolation.

This TV program is a strange one in that it's about an apocalyptic evet but it's being played as a comedy. Then we have the fact that a lot of the humor isn't really to my taste. But layered on top of that we have stuff that really makes me think "what if it were me?"

I know I'll be watching one or two more episodes this coming weekend :-)

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What about pack animals?
Duane Benson   4/21/2015 1:51:36 PM
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In the classic SciFi move, "The Omega Man", there are zombies. In others movies or books, there are packs of vicious wild dogs. I'd be concerned about those.

Otherwise, I'd probably try to relearn some ancient skills. The grocery stores would have plenty of canned foods, but eventially, even the cans can start going bad.

I think I'd also want to document as much as I could about what was going on, just in case there were others someplace else.

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2015 1:58:06 PM
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@Duane: ...Otherwise, I'd probably try to relearn some ancient skills. The grocery stores would have plenty of canned foods, but eventially, even the cans can start going bad.

I like Crusty's idea of a farm -- but one close enough to town that one could get supplies -- remember that the gas (petrolium) would get old pretty fast after which cars won't work.

I'd stockpile lots of propane -- I wonder how long the natural gas would keeop on flowing (I think that's gravity fed from the big storage tanks)

Re the dogs -- you'd need a gun and lots of bullets.

It would be so much better if you weren't on your own.

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zeeglen   4/21/2015 3:00:23 PM
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I like Crusty's idea of a farm

John Wyndham used this in his book 'The Day of the Triffids', as well as dwindling supplies of gasoline to run the generator for the electric fence to keep the triffids at bay.

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Phil and Carol, meet Walter and Genevieve
Stargzer   4/21/2015 4:10:52 PM
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Phil and Carol, Mr. Bradbury would like you to meet Walter and Genevieve.

(Read during my misspent youth.)

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Appendicitis
Bert22306   4/21/2015 4:45:01 PM
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I love this sort of sci fi.

My first thoughts would be that without a support system, much as would be the case for the first guy flying off to Mars, you have to worry about the simplest things. What if you get a toothache? Or appendicitis?

Then the amenities. How long will you have electric power? Even if you can find some gasoline powered generators to hold you over, will you have access to gasoline forever?

Then you have to worry about survival, eventually learning how to slaughter animals and grow stuff. For some time, you can survive on canned food.

But worry about traffic signs? That's too lemming-like for my taste. I think laws have to be put into perspective, ultimately. Each law in the book is written for a reason. If that reason vanishes, I have absolutely no problem ignoring the now-obsolete law. None. Cavemen didn't have traffic signals to worry about, for the same reason that this sole survivor doesn't. There's no traffic! Problem solved!

Matter of fact, even now, if I'm stopped at a traffic signal at 2 AM, say, and it's been stuck on red for several minutes, I have NO compulsion going through it.

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Max The Magnificent   4/21/2015 4:53:26 PM
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@Bert: ...if I'm stopped at a traffic signal at 2 AM, say, and it's been stuck on red for several minutes, I have NO compulsion going through it.

You're just a rebel is what you are!

I don't want to give too much away, but if you watch this TV series, you'll find that assuming you are the last person on the planet and driving through a stop sign may not be the best idea... I shall say no more...

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