HA HA! Get it?
I can haz settlement nao, pls?
Just a charming little hippy commune where the hair is long, the love is free, and the STD's are a'plenty.
Er...no, it's okay. I'll sleep somewhere else. (NEXT SLIDE PLEASE!)
Ah, that's better...
I expanded the settlement so I can build on the other side of the train tracks along the water. I thought I'd give that Castle In the Sky manor house look a shot. Turns out it's a pretty cute little cottage style home. Not sure I'd do many more this way, but it doesn't look bad.
And bonus shot right into the john. (Heh. Forgot to install the front door. Oops.)
Mary, Mary quite contrary, how do your taters grow?
With blue mutfruit, and tater root, and corn plants all in a row.
Mother Goosemutant. Nursery rhymes for the atomic age.
Master bathroom. Honestly, the place only sleeps two at the moment because of the water wheel engine takes up so much room, so pretty much everything is "the master ______". The master kitchen! The master staircase! The master laundry room. The master front porch... You get the idea.
I always see to it that all my settlements have plenty of towels and toilet paper. The Minutemen provide.
Charming as fuck, no? It's almost like someone set all that there just to take a picture. Huh...
I need a vacation! Hey, I know a place...
The world was beautiful once.
I have to remind myself of this now and again when I catch a glimpse of sunlight through the trees that have begun to regrow as the settlers till and work the land to make it fertile again. Amazing how that's started to happen after 200 years of inertia and ruin. All the earth needed was a little TLC to give it that special spark...
Well. To be accurate, it needs a lot
more than a little
TLC. It's going to take a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and patience not necessarily in that order to get it there. Some settlers are willing...others, not so much. They'll learn to pull their weight or they'll find themselves homeless, which is NOT a situation you wanna be in in the Wasteland. Everyone does their share.
And some of us do a little more...
Danse thinks I should cut back, relax a little. At almost 250 years old, he reminds me I'm no spring chicken. Jerk. I think he's just jealous of having to share me with the rest of the Wasteland, heh. God forbid I should ever get bored, there's no shortage of tasks to do around here. Most of the time, I don't mind. A lot of people out here just need help--some need a nudge, others need a little more hand-holding--and I'm in a position to provide. It's kinda nice. Sometimes, though... Some days, I just wanna quit. Just sit down and never get back up again. I wonder, haven't I done enough already? What, exactly, is in this for me?
Then I think of you...laughing
at me. Taking stuff apart was always my thing, not so much fixing stuff. I couldn't even put Shaun's crib together without going through a whole box of band-aids, now
look at me. I am the Wasteland's crazy landlord. Can you believe it?
I helped hook up a hot water heater today here at the Oberland Station house, and when I told them the "bad news"--that the heater was old and it might only give them 10 or so minutes of hot water at a time before they have to wait for it to heat up again--one of the residents just broke down crying. I thought, "Oh, shit. Here comes someone else whining at me for something they want that I can't do anything about," but no. She cried because she's never had a hot shower IN HER LIFE
. I couldn't believe it. This woman is probably 25 years old, and she's never lived in a place with running hot water... She hugged me so hard my ribs creaked, and praised me like I was Jesus giving them loaves and fishes...
Don't worry. It hasn't gone my head that much
yet. But it's moments like that why I keep doing what I do. It's worth putting up with the complaints, the time away from my friends (if I can't drag 'em along with me), and my own aches and pains, the danger of traveling... It's also why I know I'll be doing this the rest of my life.
The Wasteland's got a long way to go before we can have visitors over, but we're getting there, one settlement, one house, one water heater at a time. And if you feel like giving me a little sign now and again just to make sure I'm on the right path, I'd appreciate it.
Yeah... Like that.
Thanks, hon. Miss you lots.