This zombie was stumbling around the stadium at yesterday’s ball game. He was part of a promotion for the local Six Flags amusement park. He was promoting that park’s upcoming Fright Night season. I’m sure the fact that he was wearing Mariner blue had nothing to do with his torpor or demeanor. 😉
He is certainly an ugly-looking cuss, but he also makes a pretty good segue for this post’s theme. Imagine this, a nuclear war has been fought, or a comet has struck the earth or God forbid, a worldwide pandemic of zombies are everywhere and they have the munchies bad. You are a survivor, while 99% of humanity has already perished, you are still alive. Choose your dystopian future, well actually you never get to choose. You’re the protagonist now in some hack sci-fi / horror movie writer’s imagination. Doomed to run from one dangerous and likely disgusting encounter to the next, you are either already walking or if not, desperately searching for that next gallon of gasoline. Have you considered riding a bicycle instead? This is the questioned asked by Paul Ford in his poke at the movie industry’s myopia that is pervasive among this genre, The Official Transportation of the Apocalypse.
Ford is specifically speaking of a NYC Citi Bike, the ride share program that has taken over the city. Built so tough that it broke its own strength testing equipment it proves its mettle everyday on the streets of the city that never sleeps. Can you say Escape for New York? Ford’s article relies heavily upon the TV troupe page, No Bikes in the Apocalypse. Still Ford’s article was a treat to read, especially on that dourest of mornings, Monday’s. We encountered a similar program to the NYC one in Montreal. There they are called Bixi and they are pigs to ride, but also tough enough to survive the coming Armageddon.