Alright, so it isn't exactly the Zombie Apocalypse out there - yet. But is does feel like some sort of post-apocalyptic world.
For @coffeea's #sublimesunday, I decided to explore this strange, new world to see how it is faring during a pandemic when citizens are encouraged to stay home. It really does sound like a sci-fi movie.
And it rather looks like a horror movie, too. I visited "STAR Campus" in Newark, Delaware (not New Jersey). STAR Campus (in all uppercase, because it is an acronym - Science, Technology And Research) used to be a Chrysler manufacturing plant. Chrysler shut it down and the property was bought by the University of Delaware. Now it feels lonely and isolated.
Behold: The Streets of Newark
I was literally able to walk down the middle of the street. There was practically no one around driving.
Even the construction site looked abandoned, like the entire crew either packed up and fled, or were overtaken by some noxious fume and laid them all out. All that is missing is a tumbleweed.
This is one of my favourite of the bunch. It really gives an aura that there was once a civilisation here that suffered some form of tragic ending.
It was lonely, and desolate. This road looks like it goes on forever without anyone remotely nearby.
Does this not look like something completely laid waste to it?
Look. There's just no life for as far as the eye can see.
This is the Newark train station. Amtrak and Septa both stop here, and the parking lot is usually full of commuters taking the train up to Wilmington or Philadelphia. Not today.
Of course, not all was doom and gloom. There were indications that nature herself was laughing at us humans. All through the campus are these makeshift artificial dog cutouts - complete with dogtags - intended to scare off the the geese population. We could call them "scaredogs" and they were everywhere.
The geese were not fooled, and gave no f***s. This one was sitting on a nest and was by no means going to let me get close. She's got her babies with her, so I politely gave her a wide berth.
That fowl was the only form of life around.
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(c) Victor Wiebe