9:35am – Went to the grocery store. People seemed frantic. Grabbing anything they could find. For some reason people were especially focused on cheese in jars. Also beer. Both non-perishable. Has something terrible happened? Bought some jar cheese, duct tape and battery-powered lanterns, just in case.
10:20am – Getting concerned. Overheard someone saying how much they wanted to see San Francisco destroyed. I told a police officer and his only reaction was, “No way. I see weeping in the streets of Baltimore, my friend.” Then he went back to his conversation. Has civil war broken out? Is that why people are hoarding?
11:15am – Got home and called a friend. Asked if he was up for some hiking this afternoon. He laughed and said, “You want me to go hiking with you? Seriously? Are you insane?” We’ve been friends for years. What happened?
2:40pm – Went to run some errands. Streets are nearly deserted.
3:03pm – The only customers in Home Depot are women. And not many women. Weird.
3:42pm – The city has gone nearly silent. I am starting to fear the worst. Have filled the bathtub and several jugs with potable water. Located Emergency Kit.
4:10pm – Emergency Kit only has a piece of notebook paper in it reading only “To Do: Make List of Things For Emergency Kit”. Damn.
6:23pm – Heard some people saying something about a 34 minute power-outage. Is something wrong with the electrical grid? Double-checking batteries in flashlights.
8:12pm – I’ve armed myself. Prepared for the worst. Camper is gassed up and loaded with canned food. Heard some terrifying screams a little earlier – couldn’t tell if they were joyful or horrified. I am prepared for anything. I will not be caught unaware. I think now of the future, of the society I hope to help rebuild. Of the world we once had. I shall leave now and venture in to the woods, leaving society behind before the power grid fails permanently and the chaos truly begins.
I can see from all the traffic that I am not the only one.