Living the American Dream – Underground!
Radiation Level: Heating Up
Listening To: Undercover Martyn by Two Door Cinema Club
This just in from the Associated Press:
Doomsday safe-haven offered under Mojave Desert.
BARSTOW, Calif. – A company with a doomsday plan is taking money for what it promises will be a comfortable, nuke-proof bunker under the Mojave Desert, with an atrium, gym and jail, and sloppy joes and pearl potatoes on the menu.
ZOMG! FalloutGirl heart’s sloppy joes! I wonder if they do Bar Method in the Gym? I guess I could start a class. Finally, a jail that’s not overcrowded. This is great news!!
Robert Vicino, who runs the Del Mar-based company called Vivos, has collected deposits on half the 132 spaces planned in the 13,000-square-foot bunker in Barstow.
The facility is among several popping up across the country as fears of doomsday have been fueled recently by strong earthquakes, terrorism and predictions of the world’s end in 2012 when the ancient Mayan calendar is said to end.
“I’m careful not to promote fear. But sooner or later, I believe you’re going to need to seek shelter,” said Vicino, a real estate salesman whose career started with advertising and moved on to timeshares.
Vicino, you and me both!
The political climate now in some ways reflects the Cold War era, when many Americans dug backyard fallout shelters, said Jeffrey Knopf, an associate professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
“There’s a lot of free-floating anxiety out there about the dangers that terrorists will get nuclear weapons and it multiplies,” he said.
In Barstow, $50,000 will get a bunk in a four-person room. Vicino is still taking reservations: $5,000 for adults and $2,500 for kids. Pets are free.
Only $50K? I better get a pet to get the most out of my money.
The Los Angeles Times toured the bunker, promising not to reveal the location because Vicino said he didn’t want freeloaders trying to get in if disaster strikes.
Genius! I only hope FalloutGirl gets a map before another bomb hits.
The Times found a giant open area with anemic blue walls and a 3,000-pound door. Vicino said he hasn’t raised enough money to start renovating but claims the place is already protected from electromagnetic pulses that could destroy electrical equipment.
Vicino – I’m free this week. If you want, we can go shopping at IKEA and pick up a few things. Target has some really cute stuff, as well.
Steve Kramer, a 55-year-old respiratory therapist from San Pedro, said he paid $12,500 to reserve spots for him and his family. He’s stocking up on dried food and teaching his 12-year-old son to ride a dirt bike in case they have to go off-road to get to the desert bunker.
“We’re not crazy people, but these are fearful times,” Kramer said.
You are my PEOPLE! I’m almost looking forward to the apocolypse…