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October 28, 2013

'Walking Dead' fans in Ada

Ada —

I don’t normally do much photography for The Ada News — we have an excellent staff photographer, Richard R. Barron, who handles most of those duties — but Saturday I ended up on Main Street using my new Nikon to shoot the Zombies for Piece March.

It was a lot of fun — way more than I expected. I have to admit, there aren’t many other communties I know of that put on such an event. OK, there are no other communities I know of that put on such an event. Lots of folks, living and otherwise, turned out, both to observe and participate, and you can see the photos in today’s paper.

I know the march was intended to promote organ donor awareness, but I can’t help but think it might also have been inspired by a little show on AMC titled “The Walking Dead,” which is now in its fourth season. “The Walking Dead” is an insanely popular series about what happens after a virus puts an end to the world as we know it and transforms the dead into, well, the walking dead.

I personally am not much for zombie books, movies, comics, or other forms of entertainment. I don’t think zombies in and of themselves are particularly scary. As demonstrated Saturday here in Ada, they mostly just stagger and moan, and, as depicted in “The Walking Dead,” are amazingly easy to dispatch. They come to you and you get to do whatever you want to them.

Nor do I believe that, some day, there will be a “zombie apocalypse” for which I must prepare by digging a hole in my backyard and filling it with shotgun shells, canned peaches and other survivalist paraphernalia. I still remember the hullaballoo that surrounded Y2K; I don’t plan on quitting my job and moving to the woods.

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