Monday, May 28, 2012

Still Alive

Hello again. I'm back. Well, actually, I never left, my battery just died and I never really felt inspired to recharge it until now. We've been doing fine. The additions to the farmhouse are done, the fortifications are in and we've even had them tested once. A few weeks ago, we were hit by a wave of zombies. We don't know if this zombie herd or zombie hoard or whatever was coming from Chicago, Milwaukee, or just the outlying suburbs, but there were over a hundred of them and they all hit en masse, just like they did back in Illinois. I must say, these farm boys (and girls) can take care of business. It didn't matter if they were using rifles, shotguns or bow and arrows--it was pretty much one shot, one kill.

One of the guys, a teenager, was telling me that today was a historic day. He said on May 28th, 2012, the first documented zombie attack took place. Apparently a zombie down in Florida or Alabama or something took down this homeless guy and started eating his face. It took like 5 shots for the cops to take the thing down. I never heard anything about it--I thought the first case wasn't until late in 2013. The guy seemed pretty sure, though. He said there was the one case, then nothing for a almost a year (the government hushed everything up, he said), then the news started leaking in spring of 2013, but everybody wrote it off as pranks or something. Then, of course in the winter of 2013, we all know what happened. So, just in case the dates on these blogs are right and they really are going to somebody in 2012, watch the news, particularly in the southern U.S.--you'll start seeing clues to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

As for me, I'm hoping to see the end of the zombie apocalypse. These things have to rot away eventually. We've got a good setup here and we're pretty well protected. I'm going to work on getting the materials to rig this place for solar soon, and then maybe put together a party to look for survivors again. All in all, life is good again, or at least as good as it can be, under the circumstances.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

R.I.P. Mothball

Mothball turned last night. The doctor warned us it might happen soon, so we had him isolated, so at least nobody else got hurt. I put him down myelf...It only seemed right, since I'm the one who let it happen. I should have amputated his arm when he was bitten. He was begging us not to do it, but I knew what was going to happen. I should have been stronger. Now he's dead.

For the better part of a year I've been more or less leading the core group by default,at least before the split. Now, with all the splits and additions to this group, we're not really sure who's in charge these days. I just know I don't want it to be me anymore, at least not now. It seems like every decision I've made for the last six months has been wrong and too many people have paid for it.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Back On The Farm

We arrived yesterday morning. It is such a relief to know we have a place to call home for a while. They were all so glad to see us. We all felt really terrible about having to give them the news about Jeremy, Dan and Eric being lost to the zombies. They are planning on having a memorial service in the next week or so. They were so thrilled to meet Dr. Mike since one of the women is expecting a baby.

They gave us a tour of the farm - they had been busy while we were gone. Since we had added more people to their group last time they figured it was time to add more living space. The shed we had parked the RV's in last time they turned into living quarters. There are 4 bedrooms in the upstairs, a bathroom space (not finished yet) and common room downstairs. They are also adding on a huge common room to the main house that will be used for us all to gather as a group for meals and entertainment. They have also had meetings with the other 2 farms in the co-op and have divided up the spring planting work - I guess we are just in time to help pull rocks from the fields. Some of us will be going out soon to collect gas, since the tractors will be running non-stop for the next several months they want to have a good supply on hand.

They were impressed with all the medical supplies Dr. Mike brought so they are now planning on setting him up with his own space so he can continue his work. Apparently one of the other farms has a building they aren't really using so the plan is to turn it into an office, exam room, lab and living space for him. He is very excited to get started on that.

While we were gone they had a few zombie visitors. They were discovered during perimeter rounds and were quickly taken care of. Since then they have been building stronger fencing and doing more patrols. So there is going to be plenty of things to do to help out. I saw Roger and Matt checking out the horses - I can't wait to watch them learn how to ride!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Zombie Health Care

I used to play a lot of RPGs (role playing games) in my younger days, and I remember it was always a bonus to find a doctor. It was usually a non-player character who we found somewhere and suddenly when he joins the band all of our hit points go up and we get repaired instantly when injured in combat and all that good stuff.

Well, none of that has happened, but we still all feel a little better having Michael (Dr. Mike, as I call him) around. Shawn's knee hasn't really improved but at least now he seems to have hope, as Dr. Mike has confirmed that there's a good possibility that it's just a partially torn ligament and he may get mobility back without surgery. I just wish he could do something for Mothball. He seems to be getting worse. Dr. Mike gave him some antibiotics and he seems to have a theory about treatment for zombie bites, but so far, no luck. As for me, I still feel old and tired and sore, but there's not much a doctor can do about that--I've pretty much felt that way since I turned 38 (before the zombie apocalypse even started).

We made a few unscheduled stops to check out some towns for survivors (no luck, but not many zombies, either), but we should be at the farm sometime tomorrow. I haven't been to a farm in decades--not since my brother used to have a farm out in Iowa. This should be fun.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weapons, Ammo And More

Yesterday we picked up the supplies we hid at Gander Mountain. Amazingly the building had not been broken into since we left so we were able to make pretty quick work of getting everything loaded up. Both RV's are really full so we are on the lookout for another van.

Today we went to the clinic that we had driven by the first time we headed north. The place was locked up really tight. As we worked our way around the building we noticed all the windows had been covered and the entrance doorway was barricaded, so we figured there must be people inside. We started knocking and calling out "Hello." It took about 20 minutes before someone finally answered the door. He was probably checking us out good before he decided we were okay. We made quick introductions and asked him for help in getting some medical supplies. As we went into explaining Shawn's knee injury he told us he was a doctor and he would be happy to check him out. Finding a doctor is huge! His name is Michael and once the news started reporting about the zombies he packed up supplies and moved himself into the clinic and he's been here ever since. He figured once the worst of it was over he would be in demand. The guy has apparently kept himself very busy doing research and experiments. He checked Shawn out and worked on his knee the best he could without an MRI.

We told him we were on our way back to the farm and he asked if he could come with us and we were like "Hell yes!" So tomorrow some of us are going to pick up another RV and hopefully a van and load it up with medical supplies. This is so unbelievably great - finally after all this time a real doctor!