Monday, April 14, 2014

Safe Rooms for the Rich

    For anywhere from $25,000 to a couple of million dollars you can have your very own safe room strong enough to withstand an attack by a small rocket or a big storm.
    The rooms can be bare, safe-like structures designed for one person, or large, living room-sized shelters lavishly equipped with all sorts of amenities, depending on how much you want to spend.
    Built of concrete and steel, some come with wired and wireless communication systems, a variety of alarms and even closed circuit TV monitors which scan the areas outside the rooms, according to theInternational Herald Tribune.
    Because of their cost, only the very rich are likely to buy safe rooms. And safe rooms are anything but status symbols. owners don't brag about them or show them to their friends - for security reasons, having one is a very hush-hush matter. "Thus, a casual guest, or even a good friend, would probably never know that behind that built-in bookcase or bedroom mirror lies a bulletproof cell" (NewsMax, Apr. 26, 2002).
    The "safe room," parenthetical, does not protect form the grim reaper, for "it is appointed unto man once to die" and it does not protect form the lake that burns with fire and brimstone in which all will be case who do not have their names written in the book of life. The only "safe room" is at the foot of the cross. It is nice to be rich, but silver and gold cannot bur a tome in heaven.

Firm Foundation, July 2002, 29-30.

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