Archive for August 31st, 2007
Awoken from my nap on the couch I catch the tail end of an emergency network broadcast. Details are sketchy but civil unrest on an unheard of scale is sweeping the major cities of the Province, the military has been mobilized and acts of cannibalism have been reported. The rest of the details are a blur as I race to the gun cabinet to grab my VZ58 and Sig P220, a few magazines for each and some loose ammo.
No time to waste. It’s the Zombocalypse. Good thing our daughter is visiting with relatives in that isolated, well-stocked survival bunker for the week.
Racing to Lisas’ work I see a few zombies on the far side of the parking lot, three are snacking on former employees near the lunch truck (any irony there?) but one sees me, and with that throaty moan all four begin shuffling towards me. Shouldering my rifle I fire four shots, dropping three of the zombies and causing the fourth to tumble to the ground.
Half lowering the rifle I sprint towards the staff entrance to the building pausing only momentarily to see the “wounded” zombie stagger to it’s feet and resume homing in on me. He’s joined by three other rotters from the parking lot, and I pause before entering the building to once again take aim. Four shots ring out and then an ominous click, three more zombies tumble to the ground.
The rifle is jammed, I cannot cycle the action to clear the stoppage. Dropping it I unholster my pistol and take aim at the four zombies closing in on me. Ten shots echo across the parking lot, one zombie falling to the pavement with no further movement, the remaining three draw ever closer.
I’ve exhausted my ammo, at least for this match and while scoring a number of hits on the remaining zombies heads, none count as a “kill”. I was, as it turns out, killed by three zombies in a parking lot and didn’t even have the presence of mind to save the last round for myself.
Well, the dayshift experiment has been ongoing for the last week. It’s the first time I’ve worked dayshift in years and certainly the first time I’ve worked dayshift with the logistical issues that having a 2 1/2 year old in daycare provide. The results were mixed, I’ve enjoyed the evenings with the family, but keeping everything to schedule is rather exhausting. It’s also a change in that I’ve been hip-deep in filing, sorting and assorted computer related activities and am honestly wondering whether these duties are more or less irritating than herding drunks and hanging tickets. Time will tell I s’pose.
Today is a day off, I’ll be doing a few more night shifts later this week, and I’ve today to take care of the things on my “to-do” list before I’m covered in polyester and using small words to explain things to the intoxicated masses. Todays list includes a haircut, as I’m starting to resemble a chia pet, and it’s irritating me. Once done getting my ears lowered I get to race off to the range to shoot up my entries in the Shamblers closing fast postal match between Piet and I. The remainder of the day is given over to basic household administrivia.
Operation: Flashpoint has long been one of my favorite time killing “Shooters“, mainly due to the mission editor the PC version includes. I knew there were all sorts of mods to add zombies to the game, but had never bothered to explore the options.
I swear, if I get a few hours of down-time to string together I’ll give this a whirl.
Tam has posted a new meme (originating here) where you (assuming “autocomplete” is active in your web browser) type in each letter of the alphabet, and then post the first site on the list for each letter in turn. I’m thinking she’s right, this is going to be educational;
A – activemeter.com
B – http://www.batscanada.com/faq.htm
C – www.cbc.ca/mercerreport/
D – www.dictionary.com
E – http://www.equalccw.com/expose.html
F – http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=4804
G – http://www.ghoulnextdoor.com
H – http://www.hellinahandbasket.net
I – www.imdb.com
J – http://www.jasonpalmer.net
K – http://www.knoxviews.com/node/5355
L – http://www.lesjones.com
M – http://www.merchantsofdeception.com
N – http://www.ninehundred.com/~equalccw/dennisgc.html
O – www.ombudsperson.uwaterloo.ca/legaladvice.htm
P – www.papadeltabravo.com/blog
Q – None
R – www.rachellucas.com/2007/08/why_dont_i_want_kids_let_me_co_1.html
S – www.stevejanke.com
T – www.tgw.on.ca/Matti
U – www.urbandead.com/map.cgi
V – None
W – www.workopolis.ca
X – None
Y – http://www.yahoo.ca
Z – http://www.zombieinsuranceonline.com/zblog/
Ok, so there wasn’t as much odd stuff in there as I thought.
Just because I was watching reruns of the Rick Mercer Report and I’d forgotten how much this clip makes me laugh, and then groan.