Monday, May 17, 2010

Bomb Shelter Timeshares

Are you worried that we are living in the Biblical "end times"?  Or maybe you're concerned that the Mayan calendar (allegedly) predicts that the world will end in December 2012?  If so, you may be interested to learn that a California entrepreneur is planning to renovate an old bomb shelter in Barstow, California, and is now selling interests in it for $50,000 per person.  (He needs 200 to fully fund the project.)  You can read the entire article about his venture HERE.  The concept drawings look surprisingly upscale and alluring. It will be 35 feet below ground and will be stocked with "enough freeze dried lasagna and other food for a year."

I suppose, however, that any potential investor must ask themselves whether, even if the Apocalypse came, they would even be able to get their family to Barstow in the first place? And would you have to ride a Mad Max-style gauntlet in the family SUV to get there? Even if you ultimately make it there, would you really consider it 'living' to sit in a cramped bomb shelter for a year, eating nothing but freeze dried lasagna and watching old DVDs?  

And since the shelter will only be stocked with enough food and water for a year, what would your 'family plan' be for day 366, when you re-emerge, pale and over-fed on freeze dried food, to a surface world ravaged by nuclear war or environmental catastrophe? 

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