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Monthly Archives: April 2013

The topic of commuting has been on my mind recently.  Probably because I have to do it all the time.  I average probably 15 hours on the road during the work week.  I currently drive and there’s no one to carpool with, so it’s a good chunk of my time taken away from doing other things that need doing.  You really can’t multitask when driving a car.  Well, you can, but it isn’t safe and you shouldn’t do it.  So don’t.  Especially if I have to share the road with you.

ANYWAY.  I’ve looked at taking public transportation so that I could get wrestle some time back from commuting.  It turns out, it wouldn’t work well for me at all.  I’d probably spend twice as much time traveling.  Sugh.  Such is the life in Southern California with our pitiful public transportation system (more on that another time).  But did you know in cities where there is a good mass transit system, the masses might involve more than just humans?  Did you know that they might involve dogs?

In Moscow, the stray dogs commute from the suburbs to the city center and back, as if they were commuting to and from work.  Well, they kind of are.  They live in the suburbs because after the collapse of the USSR, the industrial complexes where the stray dogs lived were moved to the suburbs.  So, the dogs also had to move to the suburbs.  But the food was still in the city center.  So they had to learn how to take the subway to and from the city.  They go to work during the day to get food and then they go back to the suburbs for the night.  This is just…so amusing to me.

There are scientists who study the dogs and say that the dogs will help each other get off at the right stop by judging the amount of time they’ve been on the train.  But sometimes they’ll fall asleep and get off at the wrong stop.  The dogs have also learned how to use traffic lights to cross streets and they have tactics to get food when they’re in the city.  I particularly like the tactic where they sneak up behind someone who is eating and then bark loudly causing the person to start and drop some food.  THIS IS JUST SO AMUSING.

Unfortunately, the only information I have on this is the article I linked to.  The article doesn’t list any sources.  I would really like to read more about these dogs that commute to and from work.  Looks like I’m going to have to do some rooting around to see if I can find some more info on this.

I also wonder if Yaris would be willing to commute like that to and from work.  Of course, she has her driver’s license so she just might opt to drive instead.

Yes.  Zombie.  Houses.  Did you know these exist?  Houses.  Zombified.  Think about that.

What if it’s caused by a virus?  What if a virus somehow infects your house?  And then your house becomes a zombie?  Or what if it’s caused by those zombies from PvZ?  What if they somehow recruited your house, the very house your long-suffering plants are laboring to protect, even as you dwell in said house?  Your zombified house will be on the enemy’s side.  It’ll be trying to eat your brains.

You might wonder how a house could try eating your brains.  Well, it would probably be kind of difficult for a house to eat your brains.  But it could definitely make it easier for the humans-turned-zombies to eat your brains.  Your house would obviously start to fall into disrepair and in doing so, it might decide to knock you out with some falling water pipes or it might stun you with an electric shock.  The threat really wouldn’t just be from above.  The floors could start buckling and trip you.  Maybe you have a basement and a large hole might open up beneath you, dropping to the hordes of zombies below.  Living in a zombie house would be really dangerous.

Ok…no.  Zombie houses aren’t really zombies in the traditional sense of the term.  They’re really foreclosed homes that have been left vacant and invite vandalism and such.  Apparently there are over 300,000 such homes all over the US.  They’re not very good zombies at all.  And…I’m kind of disappointed that the media is taking a perfectly good term, like “zombie,” and then totally misusing it.  The houses aren’t undead.  They’re just in foreclosure.  They’re probably in various states of disrepair.  But they aren’t haunting the countryside looking for brains.  They’re still inanimate.  They aren’t the living dead.  Just because zombies are popular (although their popularity is waning/has waned) doesn’t mean you can use the term to describe everything.  So…stop it.

That being said, I kind of wish my version of zombie houses were real.  It would be so interesting.  Um…but maybe too closely related to a haunted house.  Oh well.

I was also going to draw you a picture of a zombie house, but I’m too tired and lack motivation.  So…too bad for you.