This morning I was shopping for giftcards at my local coffee place. Because it’s the holidays, and it was 8:00 am, the line was long and the place was packed. I was playing Plants vs. Zombies on my phone while I waited on line, and so the mention of zombies from a nearby table piqued my interest. (Plus I am an eavesdropper, obviously.)
At the table were two college-aged women I’ll call Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, hanging out. With UCSD right down the street, this is not surprising. A summary of their kinda surprising discussion follows the jump:
Electra Woman: I just think it’s so irresponsible for the actual government agency to create a zombie preparedness guide.
Dyna Girl: It’s not actually a guide-guide. It’s a blog post talking about zombies in pop culture and how one would prepare for them.
Electra: No one needs that. And you know there are people out there dumb enough to think 28 Years Later was a documentary. [A's note: 28 DAYS Later, she means. I think we'd have been more well prepared for a rage virus if we'd had 28 years.]
Dyna: Maybe. But remember the black out last month? I had water and flashlights and a radio in the house, but only because I read that blog back in Spring semester. Zombie preparedness is just like emergency preparedness.
Electra: No one ever expects the zombie apocalypse! [A's note: she really said that! <3!] But I still don’t think it’s smart for the FDA to mix jokes with real information.
Dyna: It’s the Centers for Disease Control, not the FDA. And it’s clear it’s tongue in cheek. I’ll show you. [A's note: Dyna pulls up CDC.gov on iPad as I let the customers behind me jump the line so I can see how this ends. The things I do for you people.]
Dyna: See, it’s on their blog, not an actual PDF or anything. And it’s all real info.
Electra: Ooooh, there are tee-shirts! This is pretty awesome.
So, while it’s entirely possible that Electra Woman was only swayed by the swag, I was completely charmed by the rational sharing of information, the strategic use of the webernets and the fact that zombies helped Dyna Girl prepare for a real emergency situation.
Remember folks: It can’t happen to you, but that’s no reason to be unprepared.