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Bk Ray


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Scenario is you wake up one morning and no one is there, no wife, no parents living above the basement, no flatmate (whatever the situation).

There are no bodies lying in the street, no wreckage of cars etc, everyone is just gone.

TV is out etc. You have no idea what has happened, you have no idea if there is anyone around in the world, but after a comprehensive search there is no one in the neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood pets are gone, but wildlife is still about.

What would you do?



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Sumidor


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    Scenario is you wake up one morning and no one is there, no wife, no parents living above the basement, no flatmate (whatever the situation).



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    There are no bodies lying in the street, no wreckage of cars etc, everyone is just gone.



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    TV is out etc. You have no idea what has happened, you have no idea if there is anyone around in the world, but after a comprehensive search there is no one in the neighbourhood.



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    Neighbourhood pets are gone, but wildlife is still about.



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    What would you do?


Very interesting hypothetical!

I assume most people give themselves more credit than they deserve regarding how they would handle dangerous or disaster-type situations, and I'm probably no different. Thinking about a hypothetical situation with a rational mind, is far different than being in the situation with the possibility of panic.

My first instinct would be to stay home and gather supplies for the short term. With nobody else around I have no competition at the grocery store to stock up on food. After a few days if nothing changes regarding the situation, I might start to explore further away. I might load up a van or truck with food, supplies and personal items, and drive a full day to get a picture of how wide ranging the problem is.

For the point of the hypothetical, I'm guessing your point is not that we can drive a thousand miles and find people and cities as normal. So, after venturing out, and finding the same everywhere I go, I need to start planning long term. Canned food will last me about 3 years, but I'll need to settle in a climate that will enable me access to wild game (which might be plentiful in a world without people), and also to plant fruit and vegetables. I'd also raid libraries and book stores for manuals and self-help books on survival, planting, building etc. to help me along the way.

Once settled somewhere I think I can feed myself, and once I've sorted out a collection of books for the knowledge I need to survive, then it's time to begin thinking about mental sanity (if it's not too late already). I don't know how long someone can stay sane with zero human interaction. My instinct is that in addition to solving my daily problems, my brain is best kept active through gathering books on various topics, including puzzles. Although no substitute for another person, having a pet might give me something to care for and interact with. You said there were no neighborhood pets, but maybe I could find a feral cat, stray dog, zoo animal, or I've heard of people domesticating squirrels and raccoons. So, I'd find something.

And that might be it.....me with a collection of books, planting and hunting, sheltered in a house somewhere with agreeable climate, some pets to interact with, trying to maintain my sanity for as long as I can.



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Dragon Red


Member Since: Fri Jul 05, 2013
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I would probably not realise for most of the day that I am on my own. Seriously my powers of observation are often so limited that I just trudge my way along.

After I realised that everybody is gone, and it just me left well, the possibilities are endless aren't they? After all who is there to stop you? But then again, I reckon before that you'd be consumed trying to find your loved ones.


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Ancient One


Member Since: Mon Nov 08, 2010
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    What would you do?


First...be SO grateful I'll never have to sit through another Zack Snyder movie ever again.

Second...Raid every back issue dealers and amass a HUGE collection of Playboy magazine.

Gonna be some loooooong nights.


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Bk Ray


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maybe pop to the Hospital first and get some bandages etc for sore wrists?



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Ancient One


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    maybe pop to the Hospital first and get some bandages etc for sore wrists?


I think sore WRISTS might be the least of my problems \:\)


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The Black Guardian

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Once I determined there was no one else, I'd find the tallest structure I could and jump.


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Bk Ray


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Just out of interest, when would this be? after a year or after driving 10,000 miles? Would you try and enjoy yourself first?



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atrimus


Location: Saint Louis, MO
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My first order of business would be to pack enough supplies (water, nonperishable food, books to keep my mind occupied), find the newest vehicle (preferably something for both road and off-road conditions), hit up the local Cabelas for a gun for defensive purposes, and set out to find other people. Assuming that necessities like gas stations, satellites (for GPS) are all still functioning, it shouldn't prove much of a problem for me to do a cursory search of the surrounding few cities. I wouldn't settle in any one city for more than a day, and I'd travel light, picking up supplies along the way.

Only after about a year of searching with no results would I settle somewhere to live the rest of my days, making sure to keep my gun handy for when my mind starts to slip.



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Bk Ray


Member Since: Mon Nov 10, 2008
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    My first order of business would be to pack enough supplies (water, nonperishable food, books to keep my mind occupied), find the newest vehicle (preferably something for both road and off-road conditions), hit up the local Cabelas for a gun for defensive purposes, and set out to find other people. Assuming that necessities like gas stations, satellites (for GPS) are all still functioning, it shouldn't prove much of a problem for me to do a cursory search of the surrounding few cities. I wouldn't settle in any one city for more than a day, and I'd travel light, picking up supplies along the way.



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    Only after about a year of searching with no results would I settle somewhere to live the rest of my days, making sure to keep my gun handy for when my mind starts to slip.


I like this. It is similar to my own. I would freak out completely for a few hours, try the phone, knock on neighbours doors, then random houses. Drive down to the Hospital and Police Station, looking in shops and garages on the way.

I'd probably stock up on hospital supplies and food, then swap my vehicle for something more reliable. I'd break into the closest army station and then take a few firearms, ammunition and cleaning supplies etc.

I'd leave signs everywhere I was going. I'd probably set up a fire every night and then sleep nearby.

I'd probably get bored and then after checking in the closest cities, probably look to travel overseas and check in on other countries.

I would have to seriously research mechanics, that would be my weak point.



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The Black Guardian

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    Just out of interest, when would this be? after a year or after driving 10,000 miles? Would you try and enjoy yourself first?

Maybe a week or so. How would I enjoy myself without other people around? And this is coming from a fairly troubled social phobic like myself.

Even pets are gone? A pet might be enough to keep me around until they died... maybe.

You didn't give much detail as to what else was gone. You said, "TV is out, etc." I was assuming no electricity or running water. I'm really not seeing any means of enjoying myself. "Camping" is another word for "Hell" to me. If there were utilities, then maybe I'd entertain myself a while videos and music, but that wouldn't be enough to keep me happy for very long.


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atrimus


Location: Saint Louis, MO
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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      My first order of business would be to pack enough supplies (water, nonperishable food, books to keep my mind occupied), find the newest vehicle (preferably something for both road and off-road conditions), hit up the local Cabelas for a gun for defensive purposes, and set out to find other people. Assuming that necessities like gas stations, satellites (for GPS) are all still functioning, it shouldn't prove much of a problem for me to do a cursory search of the surrounding few cities. I wouldn't settle in any one city for more than a day, and I'd travel light, picking up supplies along the way.

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        Only after about a year of searching with no results would I settle somewhere to live the rest of my days, making sure to keep my gun handy for when my mind starts to slip.



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    I like this. It is similar to my own. I would freak out completely for a few hours, try the phone, knock on neighbours doors, then random houses. Drive down to the Hospital and Police Station, looking in shops and garages on the way.



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    I'd probably stock up on hospital supplies and food, then swap my vehicle for something more reliable. I'd break into the closest army station and then take a few firearms, ammunition and cleaning supplies etc.



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    I'd leave signs everywhere I was going. I'd probably set up a fire every night and then sleep nearby.



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    I'd probably get bored and then after checking in the closest cities, probably look to travel overseas and check in on other countries.



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    I would have to seriously research mechanics, that would be my weak point.


Well, given the conditions there'd be plenty of time to do just that ;\-\)





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