I saw a grown adult drinking a grape soda the other day so I ran outside, put both of my arms out to the side Michael Jackson-style and yelled, “Ahhhhhhh!” and waited for the onslaught of zombies to sweep through the city. The world, clearly, was ending.
Hang on. World’s not ending? You mean you’re gonna drink grape soda with plans to live? That shit is a zombie apocalypse beverage!
Grape soda is the thing you drink either right as the apocalypse is happening because “screw it” or save for after the apocalypse when every other form of liquid on Earth has already been consumed. You only drink grape soda if it’s your last resort before drinking Florida pond water which, by the way, is currently 90% zombie particles as of the date of this post.
I wouldn’t be around very long for either scenario, so I guess I shouldn’t really care. That’s because any time I watch a post-apocalyptic zombie movie or TV show, the following fact is made abundantly clear to me: I have no will to live.
It’s not from an underlying case of depression, although my built-in, super deluxe, ultra luxurious, wall-to-wall nihilism is a fun quirk that makes me a real hit at baby showers. Everybody loves it when they open a pack of bibs and some asshole says, “You should keep those around for when you’re old and frail and unable to feed yourself after this kid has zapped 10 years off your life when they decide to skip college in favor of selling hacky-sacks at Dave Matthews Band shows.”
The main problem can really be traced back to straight-up laziness. Back when I used to watch The Walking Dead, before it got SO GROSS that I had to stop watching it, I was always amazed at how much work people were willing to do to stay alive. And not “work” to stay alive in an awesome world that’s like a permanent disco with free waffles. “Work” to stay alive in a world that thoroughly sucks.
A sucky world that’s like, “Oh, I hope I survive through this day of bashing in zombie heads and barely escaping with my life and eating rats and fighting factions of cannibal survivors with bad teeth and foraging for expired antibiotics…so that I can do the same shit tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that. And don’t even get me started on Carl’s hat.”
Did they kill Carl’s hat yet? Please tell me they killed Carl’s hat.
Honestly, if you’re still alive on that show it’s only because you’re some kind of shitty, overly-optimistic Pollyanna. You took that “Which Sex and The City character are you?” quiz in Cosmo and it said, “You’re a Charlotte!” You refuse to accept reality. You’re living in a dream world. Everyone is tired of your shit. Just die already.
And I tell you what else – I don’t do well with jump-out scenarios at all – and I imagine zombie world is chock full of jump-out scenarios.
Ask Bobby. Even if I know he’s home, and he walks into a room and quietly says, “Oh, hey…” I scream and nearly jump out of my skin. Then I have to sit down from the head rush. The possibility of post-apocalyptic jump-out scenarios alone would be enough to make me go leap off the top of a tall building at the first zombie I saw, even if the zombie was just on the evening news and I was otherwise safe inside the building at the moment. I’d be too jacked-up to deal with any of it. I know this about myself.
I’m too soft and I’m too lazy and I startle way too easily. I’m not going to burden you with rescuing me. I will take myself out to save you the trouble. It’s a gift to you.
I’d see the zombie on the TV screen, all wrangle-jangled up tearing the entrails out of someone, and I would be like, “Huh. Well would you look at that.” Then I would chug a bottle of copier toner, or whatever was nearby, and pitch myself off the top of the building, because no. Not dealing with that.
Even if they said there were zombies in Guam that were nowhere near mainland U.S., I would still go sit on the roof of the building and pop open the cap on the copier toner just in case. The moment the evening news said “At least one zombie has gotten out of Guam,” I’d yell, “It’s Go Time!” and begin my last meal of copier toner and eventual dessert of high-speed sidewalk. Because I know my limitations.
Plus, on top of everything else, my sensitive skin would never survive the zombie apocalypse. If I didn’t have access to clean water to wash my face twice a day, I’d be all splotchy and fugged just like *that*. So besides dealing with zombies, now I’d be hideously ugly, too? I’d have to start using my “personality” to make friends and influence people? Fuuuuuuuck. GREAT. JUST GREAT. This post-apocalyptic world just keeps getting better and better! Why don’t you just have a couple zombies chomp off both my ass cheeks while you’re at it and make me learn how to do math to survive?!
Stay tuned for Part Two…