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About Me:When I started thinking way too much about zombies: Not very long ago, perhaps 4 weeks (as of 11/19/11). I have been interested in survival activities since I was about 14 yrs old. By the time 28 Days Later hit DVD I guess I figured zombies may become a reality. I am not totally sold out, but hanging my interest on zombies is really fun. Just as likely as zombies are earthquake, tornado, flood, nuclear disaster, general social breakdown. Zombies seem less scary.
Real Name: John Z.
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
SMB: (0, +2,+9)
Trade: Chimney Mechanic, build, repair, service all types of chimneys. Sell and service appliances such as stoves and fireplaces for solid and gas fuels.
Interests: Homesteading, Bushcraft, Camping, SciFi, Chemistry, Oenology
Marital Status: Applicants welcome.
What started my zombie fixation: While cruising the internet I came across Cracked.com where I had some fun reading the several reasons I "secretly want a zombie apocalypse" and "5 reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Can Really Happen". That was an eye opener. Somewhere during that web cruise I stumbled onto ZSDW. I am really impressed by the good thinking here. What really got my fixation going was Iron Hand's 1 minute challenge (Thanks IronHand! and if you, dear reader, havent done it yet, find the challenge and do it)
Favorite zombie book: I can not think of any zombie books. I have a few favorite "disaster" books. See below for a link to the best in my library. Otherwise, I would have to go with my "Survival" Library composed of:
Foxfire - Vol 1 through 7 - Elliot Wiggington
Edge of the Anvil - Jack Andrews
The Way Things Work - David Macaulay
CRC Book of Mathematical Tables
A Modern Herbal - M. Grieve - Online Version
Principles of Chemistry - Dickerson, Gray, Haight
The Hive and the Honeybee - Dadant & Sons
The ABC and XYZ of Beekeeping - Roger Morse
Commercial Winemaking - Richard P. Vine
Wilderness Camping and Survival - Paul Tawdell
Favorite zombie movie: Toss up between 28 Days Later and Walking Dead tv series. Walking dead is a great study in how "I would do it differently."
Favorite quote in any zombie movie: "Rule 1: Cardio" - Went for a hike recently, I need more cardio
My Survival Plan:My “handle” should you look for me on the radio waves or web: Zee-Man, Vaeliente
My location: Delaware, USA
Is my plan dependent on zombies in my home town, or anywhere? I am planning for a worldwide disaster
Will I be staying in my home or headed somewhere else? I and a few friends have an ORP (optimal rally point) selected. Still theorizing on a fortified location.
I'm reviving my childhood camp as a place to practice bushcraft skills. Here is my journal for it.
If I'm heading out, how do I plan to get there? 4WD Dodge Durango, Feet
Gonna have to maximize on the feet though, having identified no less than 5 choke points that might make the Durango have to be left behind. The first is no more than 1 mile from home.
Got anyone I want to take with me? My son, who shares my interest in survival.
How will I communicate with the outside world, or do I plan to go the hermit route? Comms are located at our ORP
How am I planning to get food and water? ORP is well situated with natural water source. Food is handled by stocks and active homesteading at the ORP, wildlife, and nearby farmland.
What’s my weapon of choice? Do you need to reload that thing? Gotta plan for that? I am fatally in love with Timber's hammer. My preferred zombie weapon is a pike.
Pipenir is longer than Timberrattler's hammer. at 38 inches overall length. It weighs in at 5 lb 4 oz. Built of 3/4 inch black pipe. The bill is a NINe inch landscape spike. The head is weighted with ~ 20 oz of steel inside. Pipenir is designed to be a two handed weapon, though, I can wield it one handed if I feel like it. The handle is wrapped with 2.75mm kernmantle cord. Check my BOB link to see its survival contents.
Got a survival philosophy? Dig in, locate resources, organize fellows. View my Zpoc Plan
Am I willing to hook up with other survivors? Yes, now sponsoring an RVE for Delaware, USA Details
Is my plan based on a book/movie/blog/scientist other survivors may have heard of?
Having "slept" my paperback copy to pieces, I recently got this in hard cover. Yay! Many more years of re-reading this one. Hope my grands like it when they finally arrive on the scene.
some other formative books
The Old Man and His Boy
A book I cant remember the title of. The story is similar to My Side of the Mountain and similar to Hatchet. It is a story of a boy surviving alone in the wilderness. Im sure it was fiction, but I could be wrong. The only clear thing I can remember from the story was the boy building a fish trap.
My Bug out Containers
Redundancy rules the roost. Using various containers not limited to bags
BoB, E4, BoCar, more
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My Favorite Useful Links
' "How ridiculous," I thought to myself, "How could I have ever believed in zombies... that's just silly." Distracted by modern convenience, and the pretense of logic, I willfully suspended my belief in the zombie threat. ' -- Melissa Ebbe, Zombie Defense Training
"So, I still stand that 1 million zombies is a number that overwhelms in the way a tidal wave does. They would pile over almost any wall and would quickly turn any secure structure into an island.
This is why silence and misdirection are keys to any successful zombie plan. Our water tower / cell tower of doom is not an Alamo, but a lookout and misdirection point to keep the hoards away from the homestead long enough for us to lead them away to somewhere less threatening. Oakspur77777 ZSDW Thread
"I actually think you made me a little bit stupider having listened to you say that" Just Another Day at ZSDW by BigLoki
Actually, denim isn't enough to stop a bite from bringing blood. I'm am an assistant coroner in a major US city and I've worked several cases where victims were bitten by sexual predators through denim jackets, flannel, and heavy cotton. My belief from this evidence is anything short of leather may not be enough. Thats more about the water resistant nature of leather keeping you from getting infected than thinking it will keep you from feeling the bite or stopping abrasion from the bite -- DLOWTHEMAD
"God heard us. He sent help. He sent you." -- Marianne Williamson
Thanks to UnassignedI found this gem...
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