Zombie Accessories and gear...I'm done

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by ZeSpectre, Aug 12, 2012.

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  1. ZeSpectre

    ZeSpectre Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Deep in the valley
    Many of my friends refer to me as the -original- "Zombie Apocalypse" guy because for roughly 35 years "When the Zombies come" has been my euphemism for being at least modestly ready for emergencies/disaster/social upheaval (as in the LA riots).

    To the absolute astonishment of my friends and associates, I have begun to actively disassociate myself from the whole "Zombie" thing at this point.

    It used to be a way for me to address some serious disaster prep issues with a bit of levity so as to avoid overwhelming the trainee with what can be a fairly intense topic with a lot of psychological and emotional baggage.

    Then things started to get "commercialized" and "trendy". Well that's fine because a quality bit of survival equipment like a good blade, or pistol grips, that happen to be neon green, can still be a good bit of equipment.

    But the whole thing has "jumped the shark" and now, it's just a purely commercialized for profit fad with people pushing the most amazing variety of utter crap.

    So I have no problem with others enjoying the "zombie slime green" trend but as for me, I'm done.

    When the fad phase finally passes, maybe I can regain the use of my favorite euphemism.
  2. ApacheCoTodd

    ApacheCoTodd Member

    Jun 30, 2011
    Myself and those like me have for a very long time used "zombie" more as a metaphor than a literal representation of a potential scenario.

    As such, we too, given the rabid (NPI) commercialization of the phrase/scenario/statement on the social "condition", have recently disassociated ourselves from the terminology.

    An example of a "zombie" scenario for us (though short in duration) which is in most folks recent memory would be the LA riots following the acquittals of the Rodney King beating trial.

    Even in this reference - given conditions in my post and the OP - I find myself loath to use "zombie" much anymore.

    Or, maybe we're just being counter-culture as the references become more mainstream, common and commercial.

    I find myself more in line with G. Romero in interpreting zombitude in relation more to society in general than any form of un-dead that they may embody in pop-culture films.

    All that aside - I figure accessories/add-ons/gear and the like when taking the whole zombie thing into account are more likely to be sensible measures in looking after one's self and loved ones in any potential mass threat environment.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012
  3. X-Rap

    X-Rap Member

    Sep 23, 2006
    SHTF is the same, I don't see it as some end of the world scenario as much as preperation for flood, hurricane, fire, earthquake or a situation like the Aurora Attack.
    I doubt anyone living through a serious natural or man made disaster wouldn't agree that the SHTF in those situations but it wasn't TEOTWAWKI.
    Like Warren Zavon sings, "send lawyers guns and money, the SHHTF"
  4. taliv

    taliv Moderator Staff Member

    Oct 23, 2004
    i don't disagree, but it's a bit off topic.
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