What follows is a work of fiction. Or is it? I first wrote this piece in the summer of 2010 as a post on the old Life After the Oil Crash forum. From the nearly 5000 times that the post was read and approximately 100 reader comments before that forum was closed, I could tell it struck a nerve.
With this work I have outlined what I believe the future is going to hold for many middle class Americans. In fact, it is all too likely that many former members of the middle class are experiencing some version of this future right now, and my heart goes out to each and every one of them.
Someday, I hope to complete a novelized version of this story. But for now, the short story version will have to suffice. I encourage everyone who reads and is touched by it to pass it along to anyone whom they feel it might provide some enlightenment. If even one formerly unaware reader awakens to the issues of Peak Oil and resource depletion, writing this will have been worth it.