Listening for the Alien Heartbeat

Where would we live if we suddenly became de-industrialized, as Armenia became de-industrialized after the fall of the Soviet Union?  If our factories deserted us?  If much of our infrastructure fell into disuse?

Disused, sunk carriage

We would convert whatever we had.  Live in the shells left behind.  In old railway carriages:

Armenia - Debed Valley - Green Carriage used as House

In containers once used for exporting our products:

Armenia - Yellow Container House

and metal boxes once used for road-freight, now not needed.  We would paint them and hang curtains:

Armenia - Container houses

Of course many live much better than this.  But those who claimed and converted these artifacts of a lost industrial era also live better than many:

Hill with house and pink metal building

5 Responses to “Our Factories Deserted Us II”

  1. wewerenothing

    You jest, but my goal is to live in a container house or a house with net zero carbon emissions. P.S. I would “like” your “Responsible Party” page but there isn’t a like button for it. Pretty funny.

  2. alienheartbeat

    Personally I would prefer the railway carriage as it is of wood, and here it gets over 40 in summer and snows in winter. Metal is unpleasant in those circumstances.

    It didn’t seem too humble to have ‘likes’ on my “who is” page but after your comment I tried to enable it. However it doesn’t seem to be working. I believe my computer agress I need more humility. Will see if I can persuade it tomororow.

  3. Russel Ray Photos

    Thanks for letting me camp out in your blog for a little while today. I had a great time and tried to leave my campsite as good as when I arrived. I’ll be back!


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