Huh?

  • What use does a post-apocalyptic world have for a television writer who throws amazing cocktail parties? None. The following pages will (hopefully) document my attempt to become a useful member of society in case that whole zombie thing happens. Started 1/2008, abandoned 3/2008, and back 3/2011

The Disclaimer

The Reading List

Emergency Contact

Where else to find me...

  • © 2008-2011 Nina Bargiel, all rights reserved

« Day 101: Where, Where, the Hell is SlackMistress? | Main | Day 117: w00t! Zombie Hunting! »

April 27, 2008

Comments

Dan Wilson

Actually, I'd say that you're discovering some very important truths... i.e. that in order to gain skills, you need resources. The very things that we need to do to survive in our current society are the things that prevent us from being prepared in case that society crumbles.

Brooke

Yeah...so, I've done the math and I STILL have no idea how you do it all. PLUS, don't forget, you still have a dog to walk and a husband to love!! That's a lot of things to have on one plate! I sincerely hope that you are hanging in there and finding balance (if such a thing exists). I'm rootin' for ya!!

Arkus Ramboney

Sad to say, i saw this coming a looong ways back. I've struggled with weight loss and weight gain for bout 8-9 years, always wanting to get in shape. About 4 years ago i was at my peak, and my friend and i would joke about "getting post-apocalyptic" and the post-apocalyptic era, so it was quite the surprise when i stumbled upon this blog. However, fact of the matter is your past few blogs have been nothing but excuses. But those WILL get you "thrown off the life boat". Maybe some understanding is in order. Life is hard and you juggle a billion jobs, dog, hubby, house, bills, etc. But "proverbial slack"? hardly. If you're going to talk, then back up your words. Now, more than anything else, I want you to stop with the excuses and go postapocalyptic. Show the world that the uhh...semi-average jane CAN transform herself into T2 Linda Hamilton. Good Luck!

the slackmistress

@arkus: Oh, I'm still doing the physical workout portion.That's free. I run 3x a week, spin 1-2x a week, and do the simplefit workour 2-3x a week. No burnout there.

But you're right - I am making excuses about money. I could always charge gun lessons, as chances are I won't have to worry about my credit score or paying anything back when the zombies have taken over.

But my current priorities don't jibe with that. But at least now you've had the opportunity to tell me "I told you so!" So if nothing else I've given you that.

arkussux

Hey arkus ramboney, smug sanctimony called, they want their judgemental nature back.

Arkus Ramboney

look. no need to get defensive. all i meant by what i said was that i want the old slackmistress back. the one that was 100% gung ho. the one that regardless of her monetary situation was completely devoted to her cause. B) I can't have told you "so" because we've never communicated before now. C) I never said u were making excuses about money. The excuses i referred to were the ones about you not doing your updates on this site for weeks at a time, which sadly hurts your cause, which i am totally for. No disrespect at all. D) As for the remark about me being smug. This smugness is totally of your creation, for i haven't said a word about my current situation. If you assumed i was feeling a great or offensive satisfaction with myself and/or my situtation
read again and you'll see that i've made no statements regarding how my life is at the moment. Nonetheless, people go through different experiences and we can all learn from each other. as someone who has had motivational problems, i guessed what i saw was a lack of motivation on your part, because let's face it, one does what one's really devoted to NO MATTER WHAT. While your workout routines may be on point, the purpose of this site is sadly not. i personally believe that a "role modely" motivated slackmistress would be waaay more beneficial to the cause than a perpetually distracted one. Hope you don't take this the wrong way. i don't mean to offend anyone. Much respect. Arkus

the slackmistress

a) I didn't call you smug. That was another poster.

b) I am not a role model. From day one I have said that I am figuring this out as I go along. If you choose to take inspiration from that, that's great. But it is not my job. I do this for free.

c) Furthermore, I am not doing this "for the cause." I am doing this for me. My thought was to document the entire thing - ups and downs - because rarely in life is progress made in a pure linear fashion.

d) If being a Sarah Connor Survivalist was the #1 thing I wanted to do in my life, I'd do it. But it is not. In fact, nowhere on this blog does it state that this is my prime objective in life. I'm a writer. I write. And if there's time to write here, that's great, but if this site has to suffer because I'm trying to get other things done, so be it.

Most people don't have the time or the resources to drop everything and focus on one prime objective, much like I don't have it to focus solely on this (unless you are willing to finance my cost of living, and then I'll reassess.) Most people are like me, with multiple commitments and debts that they have to reposition like a tetris board. Most people have moments when they struggle, most people do the best they can.

I am most people, and I am documenting it as it happens.

Instead of trying to fit this blog into some preconceived notion of what *you* think it should be, why not go read one of the many
other gung-ho survival or workout sites that are 100% focused and on track and constantly updated.

Arkus Ramboney

a)i know it wasn't you who called me smug.

b)even if you don't consider yourself a role model. Lot's of the cyber geeks that come into these sights consider you as such and look up to you.

c)Causes can be personal. if you do it for yourself its your own personal cause.

d)I've known and understood this from the start. No need to get all pissy and defensive about it. You could have just as well taken the time to take an update pic instead of being rude to someone who admires what you're trying to do.

Barbara

Arkus -- I don't ususally jump into these sort of things, but take a long deep breath and mellow out.

There was nothing at all defensive or pissy about the response you got, in fact it was lacking in any kind of reprimand, which you sort of deserved.

This is a personal blog. Nina, just like other people who write blogs, has a life and other ongoing projects that you may or may not know about. Most blogs are hobbies kept on a time available basis. Getting upset with someone who doesn't update their personal blog to your liking is similar to criticizing a friend who doesn't get her vacation pictures up on Flickr when you want to see them.

It's up to Nina to decide what priority she wants to give to her Zombie project. If she doesn't want to go into debt to keep to her schedule, I can't say I blame her.

You believe that Nina should adhere to your standards because you admire her. Fact is that she doesn't.

Arkus Ramboney

Sorry, Barbara but that's not the point at all. Anyways whatever. I'm tired of this whole thing. Let's just drop it and do whatever it is we were doing before this misunderstanding. Thanks for taking the time to answer everybody. Just out of curiosity though. How old are all of you?

Arkus Ramboney

...and no i wasn't being sarcastic. Just in case. I'm seriously curious about your ages.

Johnny Hazard

Um, not to derail an otherwise riveting set of comments but you mentioned one thing in there that would let you on to my lifeboat (and yeah, sure, Will can hop on board): multitasking whilst being a diplomat.

When SHTF all the guns, mechanics and cricket-bat wielding arms won't matter much if you don't have the ability to stay focused, organized and most importantly civil to oneanother. Without that, that little survival community falls apart with infighting.

I've run jungle hike tours, rafting tours and slot canyon tours and when things go awry someone with the ability to bind a splint AND get everyone to get along is worth their weight in ammunition (and yes, that came into play in the highlands of Guatemala).

Bon chance, mon ami.

Barbara

@Arkus -- I'm 103, but I have the abs of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2, not to mention the delts. Does that answer your question?

Arkus Ramboney

prove it.

anna

Wow. I wanted to comment, but your comment section looks like my comment section. Yes, after eight years of blogging, I still have complete head cases thinking they actually have a say in MY space. OTOH, honesty is good. Sometimes not-so-productive, but good. So it's okay for people to be snots,
as long as they're true to themselves, right? Which is why my site is open to the public, too.

We're on the same journey, so I'm glad I found you. Only I'm 5000 times worse than you, because (although under 35) I've gained weight and lost shape from five (count them FIVE) pregnancies, the last of which was on Halloween and required post-natal surgery six weeks AFTER the birth which set my weight loss thang back even further... but I'm doing 2.5 miles, now, too. So - yey, us - we rawk for even STARTING the journey. My first 5K (3 mile run) is June 14th - wish me luck!

Thanks for the lock-picking link. I got my CCW (you can't- you're in CA) and am currently learning how to supress fires and do disaster recon on buildings zombies might've reaked havoc on (thru CERT - you should check into it, it's free thru FEMA and only five nights long and kinda interesting).

First Aid/CPR are next, and then ham radio - because when the zombies take out communications, that'll be the only method of contacting people and/or getting news. Getting certified is good, because I hear they're gonna be restricting bandwidth and licenses in the future, so doing it now is smart, right? And besides, they often offer morse code, which would be useful in communicating if trapped in a location by zombies and unable to be heard except by banging a pipe or something.

((I can't believe I'm talking about this out loud...)) At least you're not trying this with four children under seven under foot, right? *wink!* It could be worse.

Keep on keepin' on. And I'll be checking in.

anna

Wow. I wanted to comment, but your comment section looks like my comment section. Yes, after eight years of blogging, I still have complete head cases thinking they actually have a say in MY space. OTOH, honesty is good. Sometimes not-so-productive, but good. So it's okay for people to be snots,
as long as they're true to themselves, right? Which is why my site is open to the public, too.

We're on the same journey, so I'm glad I found you. Only I'm 5000 times worse than you, because (although under 35) I've gained weight and lost shape from five (count them FIVE) pregnancies, the last of which was on Halloween and required post-natal surgery six weeks AFTER the birth which set my weight loss thang back even further... but I'm doing 2.5 miles, now, too. So - yey, us - we rawk for even STARTING the journey. My first 5K (3 mile run) is June 14th - wish me luck!

Thanks for the lock-picking link. I got my CCW (you can't- you're in CA) and am currently learning how to supress fires and do disaster recon on buildings zombies might've reaked havoc on (thru CERT - you should check into it, it's free thru FEMA and only five nights long and kinda interesting).

First Aid/CPR are next, and then ham radio - because when the zombies take out communications, that'll be the only method of contacting people and/or getting news. Getting certified is good, because I hear they're gonna be restricting bandwidth and licenses in the future, so doing it now is smart, right? And besides, they often offer morse code, which would be useful in communicating if trapped in a location by zombies and unable to be heard except by banging a pipe or something.

((I can't believe I'm talking about this out loud...)) At least you're not trying this with four children under seven under foot, right? *wink!* It could be worse.

Keep on keepin' on. And I'll be checking in.

Saigh

Hey there, where are you? I just found this, but it looks like you've not been here for over a year and a half. If the zombies haven't gotten to you, Google The Sarah Connor Charm School, or find a link via my blog here...come hang out with us. Get motivated and motivate.

Saigh

Well, the above linking totally frakked up. So forget the blog and check out the Sarah Connor Charm School here. If this works.

Snake Eyes

This is my first time visiting this site, don't tell me that there won't be any new posts.....that would really suck this blog rocks more then a fat chick rocking a boat full of hot dogs....yup I said it sweet delicious hot dogs...what was I talking about before?????

Fenris

Wow, I remember you starting this blog... It hurts to think it's fallen into disuse. Slackmistess, where are you? ZombieSquads still active if you ever need or want backup getting back on the right track.

The comments to this entry are closed.