The Zombie Survival Guide

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I saw this book at the store and thought it might be entertaining.

In the beginning of the book, there is a discussion about the solanum virus.  This alleged virus kills the human host, but allows minimal brain activity to remain.  The result is a reanimated corpse with only one desire, to eat living beings.

These reanimated corpses, aka zombies, have non-functioning circulatory and respiratory systems.  They have no need for rest, can live without food, and are oblivious to pain.  The only way to stop a zombie is to destroy the brain.

The book also covers topics regarding close combat with zombies, preferred weapons for killing zombies, finding a safe location for a hideout, required gear for long-term survival, and survival skills training.

The book ends with historical accounts of suspected zombie attacks.  It also discusses conspiracy theories concerning the suppression of information about these attacks.

The book was entertaining, but I don’t think I will ever read it again.

Periodical Cicada Invasion

Periodical Cicadas spend most of their lives underground.  Depending on their species, they only come out every 13 or 17 years to mate.

I think it’s a fascinating phenomenon.  Millions of these creatures will leave their underground homes at the same time and head for the trees, so they can enjoy the mating season.

Once the mating season is over, they all disappear.  The nymphs (baby cicadas) will burrow underground and stay there for over a decade, until it’s time for the next mating season.

Most people think the cicadas are a nuisance.  They create a lot of noise.  They are so loud, even I can hear them without my hearing aids.  They are also detrimental to the local plant life.

Ok, so they are a bit of a nuisance.  However, they are still fascinating creatures.

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I found this one at the miniature golf course located at Insanity Skate Park in Madison, Alabama.  It was getting dark when I took the photo and I only had my cellphone, so it’s not a great picture.  However, you can still get a decent look at it.

 

The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle by Michael Mooney

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Chris Kyle has been a polarizing individual in popular and social media.  Some have glamorized and idealized him.  While others have reviled and vilified him.

I respect Chris Kyle, because he was willing to risk his own life in order to protect our country.  I respect him for being a Navy Seal.  I also respect his ability to compartmentalize his military job and his civilian life, which allowed him to function and succeed on the battlefield, in the civilian workforce, and as a family man.

We live in a world that requires people like Chris Kyle to protect us from those who want to do us harm.  I wish we could find another way, but it’s not always possible.  We live in a world that needs people like Chris Kyle and I respect him for filling that need.

I enjoyed reading the biography of Chris Kyle.  He was an American hero and his life story is inspirational.

 

 

Heart of a Fighter

Gwen was born nineteen years ago today.  She was 3 months premature and only weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.  Gwen spent the first few months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with all kinds of tubes and IV’s coming out of her little body.

It was a precarious time and her survival was far from guaranteed.  In spite of it all, Gwen managed to thrive and is now a beautiful young woman.

My message for Gwen on her birthday, never forget you have the heart of a fighter.  You proved that by surviving and thriving during those first few months of life.  That strength and spirit will always be within you.  When struggles come your way, remember you have the heart of a fighter and you will prevail.