La Brea Second Episode
The second episode of La Brea opens with wife Eve Harris, Doctor Sam Velez and Psychologist Ty attempting to outrun a saber tooth cat. Eve informs us she runs ten-miles every morning to build stamina but an Olympic four-minute mile is just fifteen miles per hour. Bears can make 35-mph and lions can cover 100-yards in three seconds. Also predators might overestimate your size due to your upright stance, but if you run, they recognize that as prey behavior and give chase. Taking shelter in the Hollywood Hills Ambulance would have been my preferred tactic.
Eve compared the silhouette of the ambulance logo with the skyline behind them and declared La Brea was in Los Angeles geographically. When is the issue. The vaper, who works at the Page Museum, rescues eight camels from the tar pit in La Brea and recognizes them as a group trapped in the tar 10,000 years BC. This matches the date Dr. Peter Chin extracts by radiocarbon dating Eve's gold wedding ring.
Radioactive carbon 14 is produced by cosmic rays in the atmosphere and has a half-life of 5,730-years. Plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere all their lives while animals absorb carbon from plants they eat. When plants or animals die, carbon absorption ends and the proportion of radioactive carbon 14 decreases. I hear the original calibration was done with a brick size piece of wood from Cleopatra's barge. The piece was stolen when Egyptian authorities declined to co-operate. The process works well on wood and bone date back 50,000 years. I don't see how a gold ring would absorb carbon in life.
We learn more about the visitor's technology when Louisiana peace officer Marybeth attempts to start a few cars in order to charge her cell phone. The auto batteries and starter motors both work to crank over the engines but none start up for her. Perhaps a pre-computer auto from the nearby Petersen Automotive Museum will prove operable? In any case, the museum will supply metal working tools. Even hammers may prove useful as self-defense weapons. We also see friends Billy and Tommy share an MP-3 video with 'mute' Lilly. Not all electronics are fried in La Brea.
Fire has proven a powerful technology an La Brea has ample fuel from tires for signal fires to tar for torches. There is a Ralph's market about two blocks east of the Page Museum. Beer and liquor should prove popular trading stock with the locals, if the locals can't just take what they want (the traditional method of resource re-allocation).
On the surface, husband Gavin Harris has convinced Dr. Sophia Nathan and Major Adam Markman to send a piloted craft into the sinkhole. We learn Homeland Security is aware of another sinkhole that opened in the Mohave three years ago. I didn't hear that site was still open. DHS has built a ducted fan aircraft to explore the sinkhole, now that Gavin has given his testimony of survivors below. Obviously, this was funded before DHS heard my diesel helicopter proposal. I intend to tune in next week and keep you informed of my thoughts.
Returning readers will recognize the Coors 'churchkey' for opening beer cans and the pull tab recovered from my rural estate. Notice the user considerately wound the tab around the pull ring to avoid harming the barefoot before discarding on the ground. Pull tabs were used from 1963 though 1975 when the Sta Tab we use now was adopted. I think hippies would fashion chains and belts.
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Rick Kester is a Viet Nam era veteran living in Northern California with his wife Nancy.