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Guide to the Apocalypse


I have a recurring nightmare. Chaos prevails, there's a war raging, an invasion of some kind has happened, and I'm hiding out in a closet within a closet in my family's cabin in Garden Valley. From that vantage point, I can see the enemy approaching from a distance through a peep hole I've created, but I know they cannot see me. As for the closet within a closet, the door from one into the other is hidden from view by a dresser so should the house be raided, no one would suspect a secret hiding spot behind a dresser in a closet.

The thing is, the closet within a closet really does exist. And I do often joke with my parents that if things start to go south, it would be an excellent place to hide out. I never have figured out a practical use for that closet within a closet, but after having read this week's Citizen interview with Garden Valley real estate agent Gary Craven, I can't help but think my dream scenario might have been exactly what the home's designer had in mind when drawing up the plans.

So there you have it: Should the "shit hit the fan," you'll find me in a closet. In a closet. And the house will look abandoned--likely I'll throw a foreclosed sign on it (see Rec, Page 30). As for food, I'll be washing down some SPAM and powdered eggs (see Food, Page 32) with a growler of 10 Barrel Apocalypse IPA (see Beer Guzzler, Page 32) while I sing along to "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" (see Noise, Page 24) and play apocalypse trivia with the poor sap who gets stuck in the closet with me.

Needless to say, it's a pretty ridiculous issue. However, there's one story in particular I'd like to draw your attention to--this week's News piece, "Five Weeks" on Page 8.

As you read the story of a young mother who is fighting her insurance company to cover part of her chemotherapy treatment, you might find, as I did, a nasty bit of political hyperbole coming to mind: death panels. As the nation debates the role of government in health care, a woman in Mountain Home has some asking what may be an equally complex question: What is the role of a health-insurance company when it comes to care, particularly when its first concern is to its bottom line rather than its customer?