so this week had an unusual confluence of events one; I was a good husband and watched Julie and Julia with my wife, two; I was re-reading the zombie survival guide by Max Brooks and three; I caught sight of myself in a full view mirror after getting out of the shower. Now to the casual observer these would seem to have nothing in common but they coalesced in my mind into an idea. You see back in the day when I was in college I used to watch zombie movies and always figured if the zombie apocalypse ever happened I would have no trouble surviving, I would be master of my environment, a combination of Steven Segal and Tyrion but seeing myself in the mirror I had realized I had allowed myself to turn into Newman from Seinfeld and pretty much the only redeeming trait I would have in the coming undead nightmare would be that I could feed several zombies while my friends got away. So I need to get in shape and kick off one or two pounds, now something I have come to grips with is that I don’t like to exercise, not in a ooh I don’t like to sweat kind of way but more a sitting in a room lifting weights bores the hell out me. Now When I was in college I was without a car but still needed a job so I rode my bike probably ten miles a day and that combined with racquetball kept me in good shape without making me think about it too much. Flash forward to my current life with a day job in an office and driving a car everywhere has taken its toll and video games replacing racquetball for recreation and . So I needed a reason to get in shape and a reason to stick with it. This was where the zombie survival guide and Julie and Julia came in, for those unfamiliar with Julie and Julia it is the story of woman who spends a year cooking a different item from the joy of cooking and blogging about and if you are unfamiliar with the Zombie Survival guide – just shame on you go out and pick up a copy right now I’ll wait. . .
So I am going to spend the coming weeks and months preparing myself for the zombie apocalypse, during this time I will get myself in better personal shape, drop the pounds so not I will not only look less appetizing to the hordes of the undead but might be even be able to get away (remember folks you don’t have to faster than the zombies just faster than your party members) and will also be exploring other aspects of what it takes to survive including weapons, martial arts and the possibility of living in a renovated missile silo. I will also be watching lots of zombie flicks and taking notes.
So I am looking for you guys to keep checking in on how I am doing and drop me a word of support, a zombie movie I should check out or even the occasional “get your ass moving”
So here are here are the basic statistics
DuG 6’2″ weight 290chance of survival of – not so much
And the first movie Zombieland
Zombieland is a great flick one of my all time favorite moves not just a great zombie movie. It actually started out as television show Pilot and I would have had loved to see that show. The movie chronicles Columbus (Jess Eisenberg) as he travels cross country in an America that has been taken over by Zombies. He is joined by Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) early on and then later a pair of con artist sisters, Wichita” (Emma Stone) and “Little Rock” (Abigail Breslin) (heading to Pacific Play land, an amusement park. After some amusing moments where the group slowly learns to trust one another the group head to the west coast for one last attempt at something normal in this world now overrun with the undead. The movie hits all its marks both as a comedy and as a Zombie flick. The best part is probably the running commentary by Columbus telling the viewer his rules for making it through Zombieland alive. This is the flick you can probably get the non-zombie fan to watch and not hate you.
What we learned -
While Columbus has almost fifty rules the ones that stood out to me are – #1 Cardio – If you can outrun them you probably don’t need to out fight them and #32 enjoy the little things which is important whether you are living in a hellish planet consumed by evil or just hanging out in suburbia.
Well wish me good luck on my journey.