With the rash of zombie-like carnage on the news and posts on Facebook, I figured I should at least say something about zombies. I mean, how often will I get a segue to talk about something I love to talk about, just out of the blue like this?
After watching some kind of news show Tuesday morning and reading an AP story about zombie-talk in the EagleHerald (total name drop) Monday, I didn't assume that the zombie apocalypse was upon us (this probably surprises most people who know me well). And although the last week of news sounds like the beginning of a zombie movie of some sort, I didn't reach for one of my swords (which blades haven't been used for anything more than taking a tag off a pair of sandals) or rush to the nearest store to get a shotgun, but I did start to wonder if I was prepared, you know, just in case.
I've heard several plans of defense and attack for the mindless undead if they decide to walk the face of the earth, to exterminate all mankind. Not everyone wants to give away all their secrets about it, but most people want to talk about it. And I know, it's a creepy thought, but nothing helps diminish fear than to have a well thought out plan ready - just in case.
Funny enough, I have no such plan, probably because I tend to procrastinate. But I do have the The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, so I'm sure that will help (Oh, and that's where regular, old printed books come in handy. Even without electricity, I'll still have it to refer to). I can't say I've read it in its entirety, but I have read some important parts of it. Now that I think of it, this might be my next read - just in case.
I do have some good solid ideas about what I have to do, who is on my zombie apocalypse dream team, etc. But the biggest thing that's bothering me is how to properly reinforce windows and doors and how long it will hold up if a horde of the undead attacks. Wooden planks never seem to hold up as long as you would think. So, I'm thinking concrete walls on the first floor is a good investment.
Other than that, I plan on finding a place to bunk down with my friends and family and read some books, grow some fruits and veggies, learn some major first aid skills and get in shape.
Do you have a plan?
I'll talk to you again next week about ... well, I guess you'll see next week. See you then.
Here is a short list of zombie-fying entertainment fun:
Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z: An oral history of the zombie war by Max Brooks. WWZ is chilling story of the aftermath of the zombie war, what it did to the people, how prepared we were, how various people tried to survive and the consequences of the war.
The Zombie Workout, a book by T L Decay, which I believe is only available as an ebook, has some great tips to get in shape for the zombie apocalypse. It is absolutely hilarious and totally worth the price just to get a good laugh.
Left 4 Dead, is a great game to play with a group of friends, especially when those creeper zombies yank you into the next room.
Undead Nightmare, is an add on to the storyline of the popular video game, Red Dead Redemption. What's not to love about combining the old west with zombie havok? And did I mention you can ride the four horses of the apocalypse? Well, one at a time, but you can ride them!
Plants vs. Zombies. Usually I stick to RPGs or the simulation games for PC, but I have to say, this is one of the most fun games ever. And now it's available pretty much on any platform. The game is pretty much as the title suggests, you're protecting your house from the hordes of zombies and you have some seeds and sunlight to help you grow your army of pea shooters, walnut walls, and mushrooms at night from Crazy Dave.
Zombieland. One teenager on a quest for his family, while describing his rules on surviving the zombies, and one man on a quest of finding a Twinkie and killing as many zombies as he can. I avoided seeing this movie for the longest time because I was angry that they were mocking the zombies. How dare they! But when I did get around to see it, I liked it a lot and watch it for a good laugh.