Get some place warmer, or at least stage a freaking coat salvage mission. You're all going to be freezing your resistant bits and parts off here soon.
LOL that's what I was just saying! It is obviously still summer right now, but winter comes on fast in New England, right?
I have to agree with pretty much everything being said here. It makes me wish the writers were also checking in on this forum and going "Duh! Why didn't we think of that?!?"
As an avid vegetable gardener, I have to say that it looks like any yard with some tomatoes or zucchini growing would be producing lots right now. The whole question aside of what Pope was baking all of his bread in (does the school's industrial kitchen equipment run on a generator or something?) you could be gathering a lot of veggies just from some local backyard foraging right now and even (if you had ovens working) be drying a lot of stuff for winter use. The food foraging or lack thereof on this show has just made me nuts since the first episode.
Also, although the show makes it VERY hard to tell what may or may not attract Skitter/Mech notice, I would start breaking small groups of adults off of the main group and taking them maybe a day away for target practice (providing they have the ammo for it) At least teach people the rudiments of loading a gun, checking to see if it is loaded, aiming, etc. Do this AWAY from the main group, in case something hears you. But everyone should know this kind of thing at the end of the world, right?
But after this last one with the Doomed Kiddie Farm, I officially decided that if we were in this situation, my husband, son and I would not be throwing in our lot with the 2nd Mass. no matter how comforting it might be to have other people around for my son to skateboard with or to attend the occasional baby-shower.
Nope, we decided that we would first raid a really good camping/sporting goods store, preferably one that also sold hunting gear and guns and ammo (I mean, ok, the aliens knew where EVERY military instellation was, right down to the National Guard Recruiting office in the mall. But I refuse to believe that every single Cabalas or Pro Bass Shop, much less every little independently owned camping/gun store was also wiped out. Although they do seem to have found all the 'food warehouses' and even little convenience stores, so maybe I'm wrong?)Also, for meds, check out veterinarians' offices. critical care emergency centers and the like. I cannot believe that ALL of those places could be cleaned out- aliens wouldn't know where to find them and by the show's own premise, not enough people are LEFT roaming around to loot them.
Anyway- we would gear up with camping gear, all the lightweight freezedried food and fresh water we could carry. Then guns and ammo. We would then hit a BOOKSTORE or LIBRARY - knowledge is power, people!!! - for some handy reference volumes on drying and storing your own food, all sorts of survival stuff, how-to- you get the idea.
Seriously, there is nothing that these people DON'T know how to do that they could not pick up at least rudimentary skills for with a quick visit to a good library!!! (bet they're wishing JFK High had passed that school levy now, huh?)
So, my family gears up and bids adieu to the benighted 2nd Mass. Then we work our way out into the burbs and farm country, foraging for fresh food and supplies as we go until we get to horse country. Which brings me to my next nitpick:
Where are all the pets??? Ok, we saw the one dog that was going to get used as bait, but where are all the formerly domesticated doggies and kittez? I mean, there should be PACKS of them roaming around, especially being attracted to where humans are, even if you figure on many of them dying from being shut up inside with no food. And did the aliens also kill off all the cows, deer, etc? My dad and brother are both deer hunters and I know where they live, there are so many deer that they sometimes die of starvation. A few decent deer hunters could be providing at least some meat for the pot at the 2nd Mass- and deer jerky can be dried as a staple for winter- just saying!
SO anyway, my family will find a few horses- probably 5- one for each of us and two re-mounts/pack animals. I am lucky enough to have grown up in Ohio, and am familiar with and not afraid of horses. But honestly, folks, it is the END OF THE WORLD- man up and learn to ride a horse! I agree that bikes would also be a good choice, but since we are striking off on our own, horses and heading south it is!
Oh- one more thing! Before we go, we would get the best highway reference maps or atlas we could= this way we can follow main roads if needed, but hopefully stay off of them and avoid major former population centers likely to already be heavily scavenged and/or crawling with Skitters and mechs.
It just seems to me that even a standing 'army' force of 100 or so people is pretty much going to get its collective ass kicked by the aliens. And honestly, so far, EVERY military action we've seen the 2nd take has not been a mass assault, but a small strike force of about 5 or 6 people. So why keep them all together all the time anyway? If directly attacked, how much good are the fighters really going to do the civvies?
So yeah, although I like to think I wouldn't rip off the 2nd's medical supplies before we left, I think my family would be going it alone here. Safer than hanging out with the 2nd!
*edited for an empty quote tag!
Edited by ReesieKitty, Jul 24, 2011 @ 10:38 PM.