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Are You Sure That's Distilled Water?

I must have gotten the same model of CPAP as indigoskynet, 'cause I was having dreams of the zombie apocalypse all night. Or, more accurately, the same dream in multiple episodes. The zombies themselves almost never made an appearance, except as flickering shadows seen at a distance moving around in firelight, but they weren't the stereotypical "shuffle, groan" zombies ... they were more like feral predators. Some of them at least also had at least glimmers of intelligence, as they arranged various stratagems by sending hand-written notes to targeted people.

The rules of this particular zombie apocalypse were:

  1. Zombies could only leave their lairs at night.

  2. Any non-zombie out after dark was at least 50% likely to be swarmed and turned into a zombie.

  3. Society was rapidly collapsing as key members got zombified.

  4. Everybody kept trying to go on as if life were normal anyway.

This made for some very interesting sociological deathtraps. Rush hour traffic was one big one that I remember -- every non-zombie person went to work as normal in the morning, but had to get home before dark. Which meant that naturally every road became impassable at twilight as all the last-minuters rushed home in a panic and got stuck in backups. This of course meant that the zombies would hang out near major traffic arteries so that when the sun went down, they'd have a legion of sitting ducks to choose from.

Another example I remember was all of the teenagers rampantly having sex all over the place because they all believed they were gonna die any day now, and didn't want to die a virgin.

I remember that there was a plot of sorts ... I was involved with a kind of "armed resistance" that was trying to deal with the zombies, but the organization was so loose and everyone involved in it so "lone wolf"-ish that nothing much was actually getting accomplished. I kept thinking it was like being in a bad movie/TV show, where every character in the story was so busy "being characterized" that none of them were doing the basic level of cooperation needed to actually survive the situation, right down to the cliché leader getting a note from a now-zombified loved one (I think it was his brother), claiming to want to "work out a compromise" and of course the leader went along with it because, "He's my brother. I have to try to save him."

And then he got eaten. Duh. I told you so, moron.

Anyway, another night of precious little rest, because my brain wouldn't shut up. Harumph.

-The Gneech

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paradisacorbasi
Jan. 11th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
It sounds like you were dreaming about the zombpires from I Am Legend, actually.

And my CPAP and I have been trying to reacquaint. Zombie dreams happen regardless of our current status of involvement.
the_gneech
Jan. 11th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Haven't seen it, so I couldn't say. Normally zombies leave me cold (so to speak), so I was quite surprised to find myself dreaming about them. And really they were just sort of a MacGuffin anyway ... the dream was actually about the waves they caused, rather than that much to do with the zombies themselves. Presumably that's why they only ever appeared in the distance or as a background threat. The vibe I got from the dream was that I'd destroyed hundreds, maybe thousands of zombies in the past, and that I would do hundreds or thousands more, and that aspect of it was more or less old hat.

-The Gneech
paradisacorbasi
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Even in your dreams, Danger is your middle name and Action is your reward!

the_gneech
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm in it for the kicks!

-The Gneech
exatron
Jan. 11th, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Did you remember to switch the crazy dreams setting to "no"?
the_gneech
Jan. 11th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
Believe me, if I could find a setting like that, I would have used it years ago!

Leave me alone, dreams! I need some SLEEP!

-The Gneech
paradisacorbasi
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
I leave mine on "yes" because I get some interesting story fodder that way.
lowen_kind
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
This made for some very interesting sociological deathtraps. Rush hour traffic was one big one that I remember -- every non-zombie person went to work as normal in the morning, but had to get home before dark. Which meant that naturally every road became impassable at twilight as all the last-minuters rushed home in a panic and got stuck in backups. This of course meant that the zombies would hang out near major traffic arteries so that when the sun went down, they'd have a legion of sitting ducks to choose from.


Sounds like a normal day in Philly, NYC, or Washington. :=3
jamesbarrett
Jan. 11th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a typical night for me. of course, I haven't been sleeping well lately, and my dreams are suffering as a result. Woe is the me who doesn't have dreams like that on a regular basis. They're how I tell I got some sleep!
hbar98
Jan. 11th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
You want to talk about horror? Try having a dream about being in a Verizon commercial all night.
exatron
Jan. 12th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Could be worse. Imagine dreaming about being in one of those Mac vs. PC commercial.
hbar98
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Kinda been there. Slightly different setting, though.
hossblacksilver
Jan. 12th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Did you dream about me now? Good!
hbar98
Jan. 12th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Well, it was more like a Verizon sponsored ATT bashing (my gf uses ATT). That guy was there, but thankfully he didn't talk much.
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