Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

I've been trying to do new things with potatoes, because they're so easy to grow and provide just about every nutrient except for Vitamin A. The last thing I did with them was cut them into fries and wok them. They actually turned out pretty good.

Mrs. Z has a new job. Her boss is cool. Her boss loves dressing up very professionally, but still likes bands like Slayer, who sing pretty songs the whole family could sing along with like "Mandatory Suicide," "War Ensemble," and "Dissident Aggressor."

The three of us have been playing Pirates of the Spanish Main and I've been decimated every time I play. Mrs. Z and Junior have won every game. We'll be doing a lot of gaming when the zombies come, anything to keep morale up. I'm sure I'll lose most of my cigarette rations while playing poker. Yeah, I know, I don't smoke, but believe me, a lot of us non-smokers will start when the compound gets surrounded.

Back to food, the first frost will come soon and will kill all our tomato plants. We just let them die and their seeds fall into the ground and will come back next year. We also cut the tops off of carrots and stick them in the soil. Soon, you'll have carrots growing as well. There's your Vitamin A. With potatoes, you simply take those potatoes with growth that you'd normally throw out and bury them under an inch or two of dirt. Soon, you'll have potato plants. They may be ugly but they produce. We'll definitely have a nice greenhouse in the compound.

I start work tomorrow at my new job. Hope all is cherry with you all. Have a Happy Halloween. Remember, if you see a zombie today, don't shoot them in the head because it's just a kid in make-up. If you see one tomorrow however, you know what to do.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Michele said...

I eat a carrot everyday. I'm the only person my age that doesn't wear glasses, and I think this is why. Put lots of carrots in your garden, you'll need your night vision when the zombies come.

10/31/2005 11:01 AM  
Blogger The Zombie Lama said...

Its the one night of the year I can go out safely.

Good luck with the new job.

"Pirates" is an awesome game. Very addicting, and I love the little dice.

Oh, and we (the zombie coalition) don't WANT Paris Hilton or Britney Spears... we passed them on to the werewolves.

10/31/2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger sygyzy said...

HAHAH That was such a good post. I really like your calm writing style. It's invigorating. Happy Halloween to you too!

10/31/2005 11:11 AM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Michele makes her kids cook a carrot in the water they use to cook their Top Ramen in--isn't that cute?

Happy Halloween everybody! Hey ZS--who's the art work by?

10/31/2005 11:29 AM  
Blogger awaterpixie said...

LOL... um... potatoes? Believe it or not...coat a baking pan with PAM and shake them in Shake-n-Bake.. they're tasty.

I'm a little worried about zombies myself.. but hey... If they want a piece of my bootylicious self they're going to have one helluva fight on their hands.

Happy Halloween!

10/31/2005 11:51 AM  
Anonymous madeline said...

I am Michele's daughter and it is true she makes us put a carrot AND garlic in are topramen!

10/31/2005 11:54 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Michele - Put lots of carrots in your garden, you'll need your night vision when the zombies come.

Great advice, Michele. Don't worry, we'll definitely have lots of carrot plants in the compound.

ZL - "Pirates" is an awesome game. Very addicting, and I love the little dice.

I love the game, but don't really like the little dice because they're too easy to lose. I think we've already lost one and we've just been playing for a week.

Oh, and we (the zombie coalition) don't WANT Paris Hilton or Britney Spears... we passed them on to the werewolves.

Now the big question is, would the werewolves want them?

Sygyzy - Thanks, buddy. Hope all is good in Santa Barbara. How's Rabbit? I miss running into her at work. No, I've never talked to her, but wow!, what a looker.

Sadie - Yours truly. I cartoon on art paper, ink it, then edit it and scane it then color it with The Gimp.

By the way, you have a Mac, right? The Gimp is available on the Mac now. You just need X11. It's really easy to install. If you have any questions, let me know. I think you'll like The Gimp. Me thinks it's every bit as good as Photoshop.

As for Ramen water, that's a wonderful introduction for kids and cooking. That's actually how I started as a teen.

10/31/2005 11:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Congrats on the new job(s)!

10/31/2005 11:55 AM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Awaterpixie - Believe it or not...coat a baking pan with PAM and shake them in Shake-n-Bake.. they're tasty.

I'll have to try that. So many ways to cook potatoes.

Madeline - I am Michele's daughter and it is true she makes us put a carrot AND garlic in are topramen!

Ah, garlic. Garlic helps keep mosquitos away, plus it's good for lots of other things. My father takes garlic pills but I see them as pointless because I cook with garlic all the time. Neither of my parents are decent cooks though.

Laura - Thanks! Actually looking forward to it. I went 3 for 3 with interviews going to job offers and chose this one because of the growth potential.

By the way, your Bears are looking good. Boy was I wrong.

10/31/2005 12:00 PM  
Blogger The Wedding Party said...

aw fuck, you mean i've just probably killed 11 kids!?! this is gonna be tough to explain.

10/31/2005 12:40 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Wedding party - Uh oh. Uh, I should have posted this post yesterday. My bad. :(

10/31/2005 12:44 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

I've been watching where they go though...just in case there are some real ones out there. That way I'll know where they're coming from.

If the werewolves don't take them, I will...well, Paris Hilton anyway. I've already got the Olsen twins. I figure it won't take much to feed them and you never know when you might need something skinny to fill the cracks in the compound walls.

I love the Gimp. It's a great program. I don't use it much since I have Photoshop already on my Winblows machine though. That's awesome that they have it available for macs now.

Oh and hope the new job is awesome...

10/31/2005 2:07 PM  
Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Wishing you and Mrs. Z good luck at your new jobs. :-)

10/31/2005 2:30 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Notta - Thanks. I think both of us will be content at our new jobs.

Shawn - Mac OS X will run just about every X11 application. They just need to be recompiled on a Mac. So it's just a matter of time before Mac OS X runs just about every cool Unix X11 program out there. :)

10/31/2005 2:40 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

That will be great for the development process, since that means all those people who are used to the beauty of the Mac system might push forward the prettification of some of the clunky - yet excellent - programs out there.

10/31/2005 3:54 PM  
Blogger Sadie Lou said...

Sadie - Yours truly. I cartoon on art paper, ink it, then edit it and scane it then color it with The Gimp.

By the way, you have a Mac, right? The Gimp is available on the Mac now. You just need X11. It's really easy to install. If you have any questions, let me know. I think you'll like The Gimp. Me thinks it's every bit as good as Photoshop.


Thanks for the info. I like your art work. It's unique and reminds me a little of the way I draw.

10/31/2005 4:31 PM  
Blogger Bo Salisbury said...

Mr. Zombieslayer, Sir!

Rather than shoot the zombies in the head, shouldn't we capture and rehabilitate them instead? I can think of plenty of "policy institutes," which could benefit from their particular skill sets and, from the few zombie documentaries I've seen, zombies herding instinct (moving en masse toward a common goal) is unexcelled.

If we only tried to understand them, I think they would come around to our way of thinking.

10/31/2005 5:43 PM  
Blogger bsoholic said...

I almost shot a zombie, but then I remembered your words of it just being a kid in makeup. Phew - close one, I figured the zombie plauge had arrived.

Happy Halloween!

10/31/2005 6:50 PM  
Blogger tenxinchoden said...

Hey Zombie... Happy Halloween to you tooo

Nways i got no idea what's the significant of the day... i heard its invented by a card company.... i hope its not true.

we don't celebrate halloween here but its nice to see those pumkins.hawhawh! boy! what's NEXT?

10/31/2005 7:09 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Best of luck (not that you need it) in the new place, ZS. Tonight's post chez me is about Cuba, as you asked. Potatoes (as someone who's had anorexia twice) are fantastic. Same calories as grapefruit, lots of vitamin c...lovely things.

Mrs. ZS sure has lucked out with her new boss. Good for her/you!!!

TZL, thanks for dispatching those two very annoying blondes!

Bridg (not blonde, unlike her sister)

10/31/2005 7:41 PM  
Blogger Slade said...

hehe, thanks for reminding me not to shoot the little kids! Good thing I was reading your blog when the doorbell rang with zombie trick-o-treaters!

That pic reminds me of that psycho naked chick in one of the "living dead" movies--can't remember which one though--she is in a graveyard, and naked. crazy

11/01/2005 6:09 AM  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

I used to love gardening. I wish I had more time with it. One of my close friends got his doctorate in potato research. Up until then, I never imagined that there was that much in a spud. I mean, I know that if you eat only potatoes, you die of poisoning due to a tiny level of ...um...I think it's strychnine? in them.

Ah well, there's your veggie trivia of the day.

Great zinger at the end of this post, BTW

11/01/2005 6:30 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

yes good luck with your new job sweetie..

lol@ the mrs new boss.

Cigarettes will be the new currancy when the zombie plague hits, so even non smokers will want them.smokers however will choke down all the cash..literally.

AW you have a real garden? lucky devil..

MY son is an adult now..he didnt want to do ANYTHING on his birthday..halloween..he used to go to parties and dress up..i guess 26 is supposed be grown up isnt it? just makes me feel real old..

11/01/2005 7:13 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

I never thought about creating a cache of cigarettes as currency. In an emergency they would be worth their weight in gold. Thankfully I never started in on that filthy habit. Have you ever kissed a smoker? It's a real buzzkill.

11/01/2005 7:39 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Congrats on the new job.

Potatoes are great.
Baked Potato french fries.

Chop potatoes into french fries.
Melt half a stick of butter
Toss potatoes with melted butter.
Add salt, and seasonings.
Spread fries in one layer onto baking sheet.
bake in preheated oven at 400º for 15-18 minutes.
Shake and flip potatoes, bake til golden.
Add salt to hot potates.

Serve.

11/01/2005 9:23 AM  
Blogger Vest said...

Back now to sanity from my short vacation, mostly enjoyable, but so pleasing to be back to my stick in the mud comfortable domestic life.
ZS, I would like to congratulate you on reaching your first six months as America's most favorite Blog Artiste.(Read your First Post)

Scott, Do you you recall going back a fair bit the T Shirt Slogan, "Kiss A Non Smoker And Taste The Difference", I did that post on my site a few months back, it could be well worth a Lazarus job.

11/01/2005 11:52 AM  
Blogger clothosfate said...

hmmm... no shooting zombies in the head on halloween... I can see the point but lets not let that info leak because if the zombies catch on to this lapse in defense, halloween may turn into a very gory night indeed.

Happy Hunting

11/01/2005 12:31 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Clothosfate - if the zombies catch on to this lapse in defense, halloween may turn into a very gory night indeed.

Nothing to worry about. Half their brain matter has been decomposed so that much thought is about as likely as Paris Hilton designing the first manned craft to Mars.

Vest - Welcome back. After reading that first post, funny, I haven't really followed that at all.

Joe - Thanks for the recipe. Looks like we'll have several cooks in the compound, which is a very good thing.

Scott - Maybe I'm weird but as a non-smoker, never minded kissing smokers.

Dusty - Cigarettes will be the new currancy when the zombie plague hits, so even non smokers will want them.

Very true. My father in the military smoked and didn't smoke. Even in his non-smoking phase, he used smokes for bartering.

Saurkraut - I mean, I know that if you eat only potatoes, you die of poisoning due to a tiny level of ...um...I think it's strychnine? in them.

Really? That's pretty scary. I heard it's just the skins that have toxins. You might want to ask your buddy to be safe. I know from the nutritional packets of potatoes that they're full of nutrients.

Slade - That pic reminds me of that psycho naked chick in one of the "living dead" movies--can't remember which one though--she is in a graveyard, and naked. crazy

That was Return of the Living Dead. Good movie. It was a comedy though, so you don't have to take notes while watching the film.

Originally, the chick I drew was nekkid but drew clothes on her. I hope the clothes don't look too tacky.

Bridget - Looking forward to reading that post. Awesome. I actually had a friend of mine who went to Mexico to go to Cuba. There goes his political career.

TC - It's a very old Pagan holiday that just stuck with American culture. It was the day of the dead, and you were supposed to wear scary things to scare away the evil spirits.

Bsoholic - Whew. Glad I said something. Would really miss your humor.

Bo - Rather than shoot the zombies in the head, shouldn't we capture and rehabilitate them instead?

It all depends on resources. If we are in a position to do that, then it's one thing. If we're in a defensive position where it's kill zombies or be eaten, then you know what we'll have to do. :p

Sadie - Thanks. Would love to see some of yours.

Shawn - It runs like a dream. You should give it a shot if you have a chance. I'm running Gimp 2.2 on OS 10.3.9. Wonderful program.

11/01/2005 6:43 PM  

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