Saturday night, sitting at the diner with a small group of driven, smart, passionate women, I found myself making the case for why the zombie apocalypse was more than plausible, and why the $239 backup power supply from Brookstone* was on my Christmas list because of it. I had only met these women two nights earlier but somehow felt comfortable enough to show them my nervous-rocking tick as I tried to convey, "this is real guys, it could happen." It may have been the margarita talking, or maybe the two hours of The Walking Dead I had caught up on before going to Palm Springs but, either way, I felt pretty strongly that they needed to understand the consequences of inaction. The group was quiet for a second and then Adina spoke up: her mom lived upstate with plenty of land to grow things and the position of the house was "defensible". Yes, I thought, this is good. We have a plan.
I have more to say about Camp Mighty. More important things than rambling thoughts of zombie tv shows turned real life. Like how it lifted me out of the din of the past few months and snapped me awake. How it surrounded me with a feeling so far from the middle-school-cafeteria fear I thought I'd be struck with**. How the weekend served as a reminder that there is so much more to be and do and these people are the ones who are making it happen.
But, for now, I am left knowing that if all goes to hell, I have a group of ladies who will have my back. In a defensible position in upstate New York. And that's something.
*ok, so I don't actually have a Christmas list, but if I did this would be on it. Most likely because of the Hurricane and the thought of being without power for all those days. But it would come in handy if the world crumbled due to zombie invasion as well.
**The fear was definitely present for the first hour of Thursday night as I forced myself to leave the safety of the hotel room and enter the bar.