Thursday, February 26, 2009

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - Step 1: have a plan

***** UPDATE *****

I've started a handy "ABC guide to surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" over at A to Zombie! Check it out, it just might save your life.

Growing up in southern california, I was always taught to be prepared for the inevitable "Big one". However, there's something much worse that we should all be prepared for... and that's zombies. Someday they are going to rise up, and I will be prepared. There are several things one must consider when picking a location to survive the impending zombie apocalypse. Most importantly, it should be in close proximity to either your home or workplace.

The second most important consideration when choosing a location to hide out in is familiarity. I grew up in La Verne, i know it's roads like the back of my hand. i've biked the trails in the foothills to the north, i've driven the shortcuts around town hundreds of times. Choose a location that you are not only familiar with, but that you have such fond memories of, you would do anything to preserve it's existence!

I present "Joey's Zombie Apocalypse Survival Plan". The Location i have chosen is Heritage Park in the small town of La Verne. It's about 45 minutes East of Los Angeles... If zombies were going to strike anywhere, LA and it's surrounding suburbs would be the place. Heritage park is a small historical chunk of land (4 acre's) deep in the suburbs of La Verne. Since most people would be fleeing for the desert to the east, i decided that i would stay close to home. The park is split up into two sections. The physical park itself, and then the Historical Citrus farm is it's conjoined twin. The Farm and the park are separated by a deep wash basin that carries water runoff from the foothills above La Verne out to the ocean. The farmland is also surrounded by a high fence, so the zombies are already going to have a hard time getting in, since zombies can't climb.

There are several structures on the property. The farm house is a two-story home, built probably in the early 1900's. The stairs are easily destructible incase there is a zombie breach and you need to get to high ground. The Barn is a quick walk from the farm house, and towards the back of the property is a guest house which i would use to house those in need, as well as extra storage and supplies that weren't essential.

When the zombie apocalypse comes, life as we know it will cease to exist. Man will have to learn to be self-sufficient. The farm provides the perfect solution with it's rows of citrus trees, it's vegetable garden, the barn, and windmill powered water-pump. I have also mapped out supply locations with their distance proximity to the park. Though i expect these supply points to be picked over by the masses before the great exodus, there's still bound to be some useful things left behind. Should the zombies breach the perimeter, and overtake the land, i have multiple escapes routes that will help ensure my safety.
If Left 4 Dead and World War Z have taught me anything... it's stick together, and plan ahead.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Good Hearts Gone Bad

TAT is awesome! they sound like Green Day and Joan Jett had an awesome baby. I saw them back in October at the house of blues when they opened for Lagwagon, i probably should have left after their set, because they were the best band out of the 4 that played that night. They are hitting the road soon and playing a show at the Glasshouse in Pomona. I got in touch with them to ask if I could do a poster for their upcoming show, and here it is. Check out TAT, you won't regret it!