April's text in black pen:
12/6 When you talk to older people in the neighborhood, especially the ones who grew up outside the US, they say the Bug looks a lot like smallpox. Nobody believes them because there hasn't been smallpox since 1970s. Things are starting to shut down all over the city. Grand Central and the old Post Office are DCD/CERA bases now. They have their main center at Hudson Yards, and they're sheltering some people in Javits. No way I'd go in that place with 20,000 desperate sick scared people. I'm going to hunt down some staples today and hit stores looking for things people might have missed. There's an air of panic in the streets and even though I don't think there's been lot's of looting yet, there has been a lot of panic buying. I don't think there's a D battery to be had anywhere on Manhattan Island, I wonder if I can actually find a hand-crank flashlight and radio. I'm going to find out.
April's text in pencil:
(pointing to "radio") Looking back on it, I think Drew's radio literally saved my life.
CASE STUDY: YOUR MORINING COFFEE Let's yake your morning cup of coffee. What do you need to make a cup of coffee? Beans, water, a means to apply heat, and a vessel to contain the brew. If you're like most New Yorkers, that heat comes from your coffeepot, which also that vessel. So let's break it down.
Coffeee does not grow in New York, or anywhere within approximately 3,000 miles of New York. So your cup of coffee is dependent first and foremost on TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS. If you buy beans at your local coffee shop or grocery store, they probably came out of 100-point bags that arrived at a CONTAINER PORT via ship from one of the equatorial coffee-growing zones. From there, the coffee was loaded onto TRUCK that entered either over a BRIDGE or through a TUNNEL into Manhattan, where the coffee was delivered to its final destination. Along the way, the beans might have been separated into smaller 12- or 16- ounce bags for retail sale. That would take place in a warehouse, probably somewhere in Queens or New Jersey. If you buy your coffee from a larger commercial provider, bagging (or grinding and canning ) likely took place at larger factory before shipping. Either way, a lot has already happened to your beans before they get to your kitchen counter.
Once your have the coffee, you also need water. New York City's WATER SUPPLY comes nto Manhattan via two large pipes, imaginatively known as Water Pipe Number 1 and Water Pipe Number 2. From there it moves through a series of smaller mains and local pipes to your faucet. Because the city's RESERVOIRS are in the Catskills, as much as 125 miles away and 300 feet above sea level, gravity provides enough water pressure to deliver water up to approximately six stories on the island of Manhattan. So if you live on the sixth floor or above,