Have you ever noticed you see more of your brand of car on the road after you start looking?
When I am alone, outdoors in the sunlight under a blue sky, I like to let my mind wander to new topics, rather than the indoor stresses of my day. Today, on the elevator ride down to my street level exit, I happened to notice two separate current day zombies.
That became my observational game of the day.
I do not take credit for the term, which I stole without credit from some online blog headline, but will pass on and re-use forever, because it is fitting.
A current day zombie is a person, or group of people wandering without direction or life. People looking down, hands out – smartphoning. Either reading, or texting, or facebooking. Whatever they are doing, they are no longer an active live member of society.
While I do not fear they will be after me for my sweet brains, I do fear they may zombie out in front of my car while I’m driving, or into me in a line.
Today, the elevator ride had two separate zombies. One had a blackberry, the most common choice among BBM brand zombies. He was so dedicated to his testing, he based right into the second zombie as she blindly entered the elevator, one floor below.
She had my phone, an Android Desire, and was reading a Facebook page. The smashed, looked up briefly, mumbled some zombie form if apology and continued. Two floors down, still far from her destination floor, the doors opened, and she aimlessly walked off onto a floor she didn’t mean to be on, like an instinct. No brain required… doors open and exit.
If I had been alone, I would have rushed to push the door close button and laughed an evil magical laugh. We don’t shoot zombies anymore… but we can abandon them on the wrong floor.
I found the whole ride somewhat entertaining, but now the thought was in my head, and so everywhere I walked, I saw Apple Zombies and Blackberry Zombies everywhere. I watched as kind innocents held back their arms to stop careless zombies from walking into traffic. I watched numerous collisions and many more near collisions happening in every direction during lunch hour.
Oh no. It has infected me. I just realized I’m writing this whole blog on my phone, sitting on a rock outside in the sun. I’m not walking, but I am equally guilty of leaving the world behind as I focus on the megaverse behind my thumb keyboard.
Ahhhhhh… I’m a zombie too.