Saturday, July 30, 2011

Your Own Private Bunker!!

Who remembers all those cute little back-yard bomb shelters you'd see in old TV shows dating from the Cold War? Well, apparently, these shelters are back on the market, and business is booming.

From CNN: Sales of Luxury Doomsday Bunkers Up 1,000%

God bless capitalism. Gotta make that dollah-dollah bill, y'all.

With increased fear in the light of the uprisings in the Middle East, combined with the geological activity that has so plagued Japan, the interest in securing a safe place for one's family in the wake of a natural or political disaster is soaring through the roof. Companies like Vivos and Hardened Structures are seeing sales skyrocket, for everything from personal and private apocalypse-proof shelters, to reservations in more community based bunkers.

One of Vivos' most ambitious structures is capable of housing up to nearly 1,000 people for a full year, as well as surviving a direct 450-megaton blast. The cost of a reservation in one of these units rings in at about $45,000 per person.

Call me cynical (probably won't be the first time if you've been reading this blog for awhile), but who the hell would want to survive in a situation like that? Is life that precious to you that you'd rather shell up supplies in hopes of surviving some disaster of Biblical proportions just so you can be among the few that blindly wander the wastelands left after the fall of society? Wouldn't it be a little more enjoyable to take that $45,000 price tag and drop it on a seriously heavy vacation? If you're so convinced that the end of days is indeed upon the horizon, wouldn't you rather squeeze as much pleasure out of those last days rather than ensure you survive the cataclysm only to suffer indefinitely in the chaos that would surely follow?

I'm sure most, if not all, of you will be familiar with this children's song:
Row, Row, Row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,
Life is but a dream
It would seem to me that we have forgotten this pivotal truth of life that was so easily acceptable in youth. It's Just A Ride people. And like all rides, this one is sure to end one day, too. Enjoy it while you can.

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