Archive for September, 2012

This was an item written by a friend. I had not thought any on the use of Freon in a post apocalyptic but his write up inclines me to use it.


Commodity/Salvage Good

Freon is the Holy Grail of every Salvager’s haul. Depending on the vintage, one full 10oz bottle could potentially be worth up to 1000 liters of fresh water. Like the wines of the Old World the older the bottle the better it is. Freon bottles from the early 20th century that were classified as “R-12” are the most highly prized variation even though by late the late 20th century such grades were considered “toxic”(Heh heh heh…) for the environment that is not as much a concern these days.

R-12 is the most highly prized grade because it is the most efficient and cools the most but all grades are fairly valuable. The primary factor in determining the value of a particular bottle is in what type of hardware a potential buyer might have. Each refrigerant unit is designed to use a specific type of Freon, though it is not uncommon to find units that have been pieced together with interchangeable compressors and radiators to use a variety of Freon grades (sometimes all at once…).

Surprisingly refrigeration and air conditioning are still very much in demand after the apocalypse and few other status symbols scream wealth and power like a cool building and chilled water do. After all… Everyone wants ice water in hell.

While ponder late and weary, I wondered on a thought of what people would eat after the end of the world. Having spent a short time in Korea, I remembered the popular food of Kagogi, or food dog. Kagogi is considered a food for special occasions. I never tried it myself, not daring enough to separate my pets with food. I have read a couple of articles where the author lamented on Americans inability to see dog and horses as food source, where we can see cows and pigs. I of course can see why. Cows are pretty personality lacking, I had a cow and it was about as interesting as watching the grass grow. Guard pigs are terrible at their jobs and I’ve never heard tale of one dialing 911 or dragging their owner to safety.

In light of the apocalypse, all bets are off. I will probably eat just about anything I can bring down, dogs and horses included. Which brings me to my deliberation, what would they eat in a Apocalyptia? Ratula seems a common staple in dystopian cinema, and I would agree that rats would probably be one of the choices. Snakes are also common in sand ridden settings. Although dogs are still often portrayed as Man’s Best Friend, a la Fallout 3, I think dogs, along with cats, would be a viable food source. They breed fast, hit breeding age quickly, and are relatively easy to manage.

So kagogi is deemed to be a staple.. do not like dog? You won’t last long in the burn friend.