You are stuck in Texas after a record cold spell. When your power comes back on you receive an email notice that your electric bill is increasing by 15 times the normal rate. You have no idea why, but it’s true and you can’t pay it. A few days later while washing up at the local restaurant, you suddenly feel very sick to your stomach. You go to the bathroom only to find that you’re actually vomiting blood. The waitress rushes over with a bucket of ice water and tries to get you hydrated as quickly as possible before more of this happens again. The next day you wake up feeling like someone has poured boiling oil all over your body. Your skin feels like it’s burning and you can taste something horrible in the back of your throat. You rush to the emergency room and they give you an IV of antibiotics and painkillers. Your skin feels as if it’s covered in second-degree burns. The pain is so bad that when you fall asleep, you have nightmares of rotting bodies and creatures that would delight in your pain. The next day you decide to visit your local doctor. He runs some tests and gives you a bill for $35,000. After pausing to think about it, you ask the doctor if there’s ANY way you can pay this without going into debt. The doctor tells you while it would be possible to take out a loan to cover this bill. You could try to sell some of your belongings to pay for it. He mentions that health insurance doesn’t cover this type of visit, so you’ll either have to pay out of pocket or find another way to pay for this. Insufficient funds: You can’t afford to pay this bill right now, so you’re going to have to find another way. Unfortunately you don’t have that much money, so it’ll have to wait. Sell something: You could sell something to pay for this, but what can you sell to pay for $35,000?
You need to get to DC. The city is surrounded by an army of national guard and police. You approach the barricade and see a group of people holding rifles and wearing military gear. They are all pointing them at you, but then you notice someone nearby. It’s that girl from yesterday! She looks so scared. “Hey, what’s going on?” she asks nervously. “Are we under martial law? Are they shooting at us?” The soldiers look over at her and shrug. One points to you. “This guy just ran into town with some supplies for the community center.” He motions to you. “We brought him here to check him out.” “Check me out for what?” “Who the hell is asking you, you terrorist?” the soldier says. “Could you please just do your job?” The woman looks at you. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve only just recently moved here. I don’t know anyone in town. I don’t know anything about any community center.” She starts to get agitated. “You have no right to hold us here. You’ve no evidence that we’re terrorists. I am a citizen of the United States… Am I supposed to know what that means anymore? I have a right to exist. I have rights. You’re taking them away from me and that’s illegal! You have no cause to hold us here. You have no right!” The soldier looks at her incredulously. “Oh, so you think you’re an American citizen with all the rights of one, miss? You’ll have to go before a military court and prove that you’re an American citizen, then it’s up to them to determine if you’re a terrorist or not. Now, you have the right to remain silent. If you wish, an attorney may be provided to you. If you wish, you may even have your attorney contact me directly. All of these options will be up to you.” The woman seems to think about this for a moment before replying. “I… I don’t know what to say. I don’t want an attorney. I don’t want to prove anything. I want to go home. I’m scared.” “That’s understandable,” the soldier says. “I would be as well. So, you wish to clear your name? We can do that. Simply tell me what you know about the terrorists and I’ll escort you to the local police station, where you can explain your situation. By then, if you wish, you can return home.” “But what if I haven’t done anything?” “Well, worst case scenario, I’ll just shoot you and send your body to your family.” The woman seems to relax a little in her chair. “Are you going to… To kill me?” “No, I’ll need you to come with me of course.” “I thought so,” she says in a small voice. “Don’t worry. I am a professional. I just need you to get up and come with me. You don’t need to be afraid.” The woman gets up and turns to you. Despite herself, she gives you a hug. “I don’t know why but I’m not. Thank you.” “We’ll prove your innocence,” you assure her. “Now, let’s go.” You and the woman exit the room and begin walking through the base. Along the way, you acknowledge the fact that you know absolutely nothing about this woman. What could have possibly happened to her to make her so scared? Somehow, you get the feeling that you’ll find out soon…
You’ve just been informed that there is another Covid 19 stay at home order. You venture out anyway and see them. They are all in the same place as you, except they’re wearing black clothing with a red cross on them. “What do we have here?” one of them asks. “A new recruit.” The leader says. “We don’t usually get to see these types until after they’ve proven themselves in combat, but I thought it was time to give this one a chance. He’s got potential if he can only show it.” “I’m not sure what to say, sir,” the man replies. “Well, first off, your name isn’t ‘John Doe’. You have a family somewhere; you should consider yourself lucky that the Syndicate allows you any sort of freedom. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be able to visit them. For now, though, you will address me as ‘Brother’ or ‘Sir’ or ‘Captain’ and you will do exactly what I tell you to. I am your superior for the duration of this little exercise. “Yes, sir. I’ll try to remember that.” “Good. Now then, let’s get to it. We got us a new house to clean.” The leader leads the man to the front door and you follow at a distance. When the man sees the state of his house, his face drains of all color. You’ve never seen a ‘Svelk’ face a bloody battle, but you have read about it and seen paintings of their kind. They have very pale skin so the man’s face looks even more deathly pale under all the blood. “By the gods…” He utters. “Don’t worry, we’re not gonna kill you,” The leader, ‘Brother Gray’, says. ‘We’re just going to use you as an example of how we do things around here.’ Your new ‘mentor’ steps out of the shadows and makes his introduction. “This is your new neighbor, John. Don’t worry, he’ll be fine. He just got lucky compared to the others. Now let’s get to work.” The leader begins barking orders at the man as you watch from the shadows. You don’t catch everything, but it looks like he’s telling him to clean his house, pretty simple stuff. As you’re watching, the man suddenly realizes where you’ve been seen and who you belong to. He begins to run, but only gets a few yards before Brother Gray stops him with ease. “Stop! Where do you think you’re going?” he says as the man turns and stares at him in terror. “Please! I don’t want to die!” he begs. “You’re not dying. You’re just getting your house clean. Now get back here.” The man shakes his head and mutters something, but Gray just grabs him by the collar and throws him to the ground. “What was that?” “I said I’m not an animal!” the man says. “I have a family!” Gray draws his fist back, and you step in to block it. “Stop! Let’s just stop!” Gray turns to you. “What? Why should I listen to a lowly ratling?” “I’m no ordinary ratling, I’m a Shadow Broker. I’ve dedicated my life to the art of stealth and information gathering. You have no idea how much you’ll regret calling me a ratling.” The man stares at you in terror, but Gray just sighs and shakes his head. “Fine. Ratling. Tell us what you were doing before we found you. And don’t try to lie to me. I can see your memories, remember?” The man is silent for a moment, seemingly contemplating his options. He finally speaks.
“I was gathering intel for the Felkan Kingdom,” he says. “Specifically, for the spymaster there, Mr. Mol.” “How did you manage to get into the sewers?” you ask. “I have my ways,” he says. “I was supposed to meet with a contact, but I got the information wrong and it took me through the sewers. I got lost, and I’m not really familiar with them. I’ve never been this far west before.” “What was the info you gave him?” you ask. “I told him that the Shadows are getting ready to attack the Syndicate. This is false, of course. We’re planning on attacking the Felkan Kingdom. The Shadows don’t even have the military strength to mount an attack on the Felkans. They’re a religious group, not a warlike one. But my information was wrong, and I got lost in the sewers. I tried to stay ahead of them so they wouldn’t find me, but I obviously lost track of time and eventually came across this… residence. I was going to just leave and head back to the Syndicate, but these heretics spotted me.” “These heretics?” you ask. “There’s more of them?” “A few, I think. They’re not very well organized. Just a few cells here and there. I don’t even think they like each other.” “Hmm… well you saw what getting found by the them does to someone. I’d say you’re lucky to be alive.” “I’m not lucky,” the man says. “I’m dead. They killed me.”
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When a major celebrity passes away, never seen before memorabilia often pops up almost immediately. Eddie Van Halen is no exception. Below is a redacted copy of a performance contract for Van Halen, then going by the group name Mammoth, to play a backyard party (redacted) for just $150.00. Actually, that price was about the going rate for an up and coming local band in those days. In today’s dollars adjusted for inflation that’s around $907.00. What is very interesting is how the contract is written, making it appear that “Van Halen” is performing even though the group was not going by that name until 1974. Also, note that Eddie using his full legal name as the payee and as the representative for Van Halen. We were told by the contributor of this contract that the group did use the name Mammoth during the performance, but being that the date of the party was December 29, 1973, was it possible that the future name change to Van Halen was already in the works? One can only speculate.
For simplicity’s sake, let assume the following:
- You have a vehicle with a Bluetooth equipped 6 speaker radio/entertainment/information center including a 3 band equalizer.
- You have a smart phone with Bluetooth that is paired to your vehicle.
Now, streaming has different fidelity requirements to sound its best verses those of a HD signal on the radio. Let’s include what to do for that in these step by step instructions.
- Go to a google page on your smart phone and search for RecRadioNation.com
- Click on the red logo to open up the streaming player.
- Press the play button on the player page to activate it on your phone.
- When the player opens up. Find the options button and click to find the volume setting.
- Increase the volume to all of the way up. Then set your phone volume all of the way up. You do all of this so you don’t have to crank your car system way up as well to get a decent volume from RecRadioNation.
- Now, set your car system to Bluetooth
- Click the play button on the player in your phone.
- Open up the settings for your 3 band equalizer. Set the far left band known as the bass band to flat, which is at the thicker often black line right in the middle of this vertically shaped band. Then, set both the middle and right bands to three bars each above the flat line.
Depending on your car sound system, you should be able to hear the song lyrics along with every musical instrument used on the tracks, well.
If you get any distortion, adjust accordingly until it sounds as described in the preceding line.
After you’re done, crank it up and don’t forget to keep your hands on the wheel.