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Trying to write. Neighbors won't shut up. - The Sad Circus by the Sea
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Sun, Nov. 14th, 2010 03:06 am
Trying to write. Neighbors won't shut up.

RE: http://tumblr.com/xyupzcj6t



Trying to write. Neighbors won't shut up.

One of the worst things about spending so much time dealing with elderly dementia patients is that now I rarely feel anything for movies with Romero-style undead. I get almost no impact off shows like the Walking Dead now. I see them shambling around, mouths open, eyes rolled back into their heads and think, "Yeah, I've hung out with those guys. Been bitten by them too. Didn't change into one of them though. They couldn't even break the skin."

Of course, my favorite undead were always the vengeful army sort — the kind who walked out of Corum's demon eye to slay his enemies, or the undead oath-breakers enslaved to Aragorn's will, or even the goofy fog bound pirates from Carpenter's boring the Fog. There was a real power to that imagery, and the reason for their existence was always magic based, something that was a prerequisite for my brain to accept the possibility of the dead rising.

Of course, the other good reason for seeing the dead stand up and waddle over to the human snack bar is comedy. I can still enjoy a good zombie comedy. In fact, I prefer it. Jack from American Werewolf in London, the ending from Shaun of the Dead, the lawnmower scene from Dead Alive, all of the surreal weirdness of Cemetery Man, the hand in Evil Dead II, and the paramedics scene from Return of the Living Dead: they all make me feel good to be alive, they help ease the strain of seeing a ruptured human mind, a loved one who now stands before you emptied out of everything that once made them whole and now is just a ghost made of flesh, a walking fragment of repeating habits.

I can hear my stupid neighbors still partying at 2:40 AM this Saturday night. God I hope something goes horribly wrong and it turns into an undead bloodbath. A funny one.

Send more paramedics.

-Rikki

Current Music: She's Not Dead by Suede

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drlaurac
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drlaurac
Thu, Nov. 18th, 2010 04:01 pm (UTC)

When Mom lived with us, we used to say dementia was contagious. Seriously, I'd forget more things...


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