You got a realize that that there time machine ain't finely calerbrated so
I could only land at one year intervals. Well, year NOW+1 were just the same
as it is today --- so my spirits were up but +2 was a different picture. I landed
at Pincher Creek about midnight in a big wind storm ---- all the lights was
on but there weren't a soul around. The windmills were turning plenty. Mind
you the potholes were sprouting green and there were big cracks in the pavement
all over town with green stuff growin' out a them. I saw lots of deer and they
were bein' chased by a pack of dogs --- the leader was a Border Collie --- there
were lots of pit bulls but lots of golden retrievers too. But suddenly they're
ambushed by a pack of real genuine wolves but led by a black Standard Poodle and there was one helluv a fight.
But that was broken up by some cougars who jumped on the whole lot of them from
the walls of the Super 8 Motel that didn't have no ruff left on it. Then the
wind started to go down and the lights got dim and finally they went out. It
were nasty and brutish so I hopped in the vehacle and headed up to civilization
at Calgary but there weren't a light to be seen all along the way. I didn't
land but I went in close to the ground and what da' ya' know but there's three
polar bears gobbling up a giraffe and holding off a big lion who was tryin'
to get in on the feast. I didn't see one human. When I got back from my trip
I bought a video called Life
After People (History Channel)
by David de Vries.De Vries was specualtin' and
askin' scientists to have their say about what would happen to the world if
humans suddenly disappeared but no other animals did. He claimed that, within
hours, all the oil, gas and coal fired plants would run out of fuel --- so no
more electricity ---- and no more light in Calgary. Pincher Creek'd still get
light but only when the wind was blowin'. And with no humans --- there wouldn't
be a lot of electricity used --- so nuclear power plants would automatically
shut down after 48 hours. Where there's hydro, that would go on till the pipes
got plugged up with sea weed and algae. Calgary doesn't get hydro. He said the
lions and tigers and bears would soon escape from the zoo --- so would the giraffes
--- but they were sittin' ducks --- no pun intended.
I jumped back in and punched in 25 years. Pincher Creek was just loaded with
wild animals --- some was eatin' others --- but that's the way it goes with
the brutes. Trees were growin' all over the place --- it looked like a forest
--- and roads were like old highways are when they've built a new one to replace
it . I flew down to Waterton Park to see what the Prince of Wales Hotel looked
like --- sure enough not only the roof was blown away -- the west side was caved
in. I flew up to Calgary --- there was mountains of glass in downtown next to
the high rises --- why I nearly got hit by a big piece of broken glass which
flew out of a top story in Banker's Hall. De Vries said that, with no homo saps
to tend 'em, the freezin' and thawing and decay gets to the windows. I flew
over to London, England --- it was covered in water. De Vries told us all that
pumps keep the sea water out of London and the sea would creep up and flood the city
once the pumps shut down. On the way back to Canada --- a satellite just missed
me --- they have to be callibratered regallarily --- otherwise they fall back
to Mammy Earth.
I punched in 100 years. I flew down to San Fran -- all that was left a the
Golden Gate Bridge was the towers and a few stringy cables --- and I flew over
to the Brooklyn Bridge - same thing --- de Vries said the support cables were
woven steel --- which is made from iron --- and iron corrodes plenty. And Manhattan
Island is just a sea of green --- you can't tell where Central Park starts up
and finishes off. DeVries says it would revert to the way it was before the
Dutch stole it from the natives.
How about 500 years, I thinks to myself. Calgary is just a bunch of mounds.
I decided to fly over to Rome --- over huge herds of buffalo. I coulda' walked
across the Atlantic it was so full of fish. Later I found out that during World
War II, when fishermen couldn't go out in the Atlantic because of submarines,
fish stocks exploded. What da ya know --- after 500 years, the Colosseum is
still standing --- De Vries says concrete collapses eventually but the reinforced
variety has corrosive steel in it and collapses a lot sooner ---- the ancient
Romans didn't use iron or steel in their concrete so their structures last much
At 1,000 years I thought I'd check out the Hoover Dam. It was still standing
---- de Vries said it was built so strong it would last 1000 years even though
all it's pipes would be mucked up with seaweed.
But at 10,000 the Hoover was gone --- so was the Colosseum --- so was all the
cities for that matter --- it didn't look like an alien would find anything.
But I figured --- I'll take another look --- I flew over to Egypt to where the
Pyramids used to be and guess what, I nearly didn't spot it --- one pyramid
top sticking up ten feet above the sand. And then I flew back to what used to
be called North America --- and I spotted somethin' kind of familiar up what
used to be the Dakotas and what da' ya' know ---
Mount Rushmore's still
there. DeVries said that's because it's made of solid granite.
Well when I got back --- I got to thinkin' --- maybe I'd been hallucernatin'
cause it don't make no sense --- how could all them warm blooded animals be
wanderin' around and no humans --- if the humans got wiped out --- say by an
atom war --- why --- wouldn't the deers too ---well funnily enough there's tons
of deer and farrel dogs running around Chernobyl --- but on top of that, what
about a disease like small pox that can only attack humans --- it sure did an
awful job on the natives. So yeh, in my unlearned opinion ---- it could happen
---- and I guess --- if time machines are worth anything it will happen.
So I decided to get a second opinion as the docs say - well I found a book
World Without Us
by Alan Weisman and I looked up pandemics
in Wikipedia and they pretty well confirmed what I've said.