Zombieology 101

Posted on October 24th, 2010 No comments. The post is really that bad, huh?

Heavens! Has it been a year already?

Yup, season’s fully turning now; a fantastic, cold, autumn fog is rolling over the evening city as I write this; leaves are half-shorn and fully gilded; sun’s setting at around 6, to me the most obvious time for evening to start; squirrel’s are getting pudgy; zombies are back on Toronto streets.

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The annual walk is now getting between 5,000 to 6,000 zombies and they were tagged as participants for the first time this year. Before this it was just first-come-first-brains.

It was still a pretty casual, slow-moving and cumbersome affair so the new formality was mostly pointless. Toward the end, all sorts of individuals were joining in unhindered.

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But mostly it was non-celebrity zombies.

The walk started in Trinity-Bellwoods Park but unlike last year terminus at Bathurst Subway Station, it continued west on Dundas toward Christie Pits — quite a ways to be dragging the old carcass around without any refreshments.

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As usual, the route wound through Kensington Market where the group met with some resistance.

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Generally, however, the people of Toronto were welcoming to the undead; you’d be surprised how many (in)famous people have joined their ranks!

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Perhaps even more significant is the number of normals that swelled the crowd this year. You know, your standard workaday brainless slob.

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I make no pretense of understanding the aim of this march. Every year it’s the same rallying cry: “What do we want?! Brains!! When do we want ’em?! Brains!!”

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Interacting with the zombies is generally pointless. Unless you’ve got a meaty cerebellum on you, it’s really tough to get their attention. And then, of course, they never look you in the eye when you’re having a conversation anyway, do they?

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Continued in next part…

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