Project Lemon: Spring Day 7

Capt. McAlister, Journal Entry, Spring Day 7
The crew has settled into our routine. Without a clear sense of day or night, our structured schedule is vital. As we complete the first third of the project, I will recap the events of the past season.

Gerald McAlister’s Journal Entry: Spring, Day 7

As I have noted in prior entries, my role as Bunker Chief carries a heavy responsibility for the welfare of my crew and our success in this project.

In preparing my report for the first season, I have noted that a diet consisting of fruitcake and lemons is not optimal. There have been digestive issues, so we were placed on 24-hour lemon rations. While they are surprisingly delicious, consumption of 5 to 7 lemons are required to provide satiety. In the event of a disaster, the per lemon tree harvest would need to triple the current rate. While fruitcake is nutritiously dense, most digestive systems cannot process it properly; the result of our labs is that our bodies appear to register the fruitcake as a dessert.

I have been working closely with Captain Hwang, who has developed a rotation of recipes that will utilize lemons with alternative protein sources. I look forward to trying them in the coming days because the constant sensation of hunger is not pleasant.

On the emotional level, everyone seems to be doing well. We have rapidly developed into a cohesive group, and the activities and routine have kept us engaged so that we do not feel bored. Morale is good as we reach the end of the first trimester of the experiment.

Last night, however, I discovered a few crew eating fruitcake. Apparently, they had concealed them in their personal lockers. After a strict warning, confiscation, and every slice placed in the locked supply room, I doubt we will see this behavior occur in the future.

The only problem (other than hunger) that I have personally noted is people attempting to sneak out of their sleeping pods during our assigned rest period. As a result beginning Spring, Day 4, we are sealed inside quarters between 1100 and 0600. We did sign in our volunteer paperwork that we were aware of 24/7 visual (except the latrine/showers) and audio monitoring, so I was surprised of the boldness of some of my crew. I must remind myself that not everyone was raised with the discipline of a military regimen, or like my upbringing, that of parents who made sure their children had a structured life. As leader, however, I take responsibility for not ensuring everyone was following protocols.

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