Cormac and I frequently discuss our “plans” for the zombie apocalypse, noting whether or not we would be able to survive, or how long we would be able to survive, in our present location. Most of our plans are based on lessons learned from The Walking Dead or World War Z. We figure if the zombies are runners like in WWZ, we have zero shot. If they’re TWD zombies, we are pretty set. We’ve been going through a Walking Dead drought, as the new season doesn’t start until October, so I purchased a couple seasons of Lost to keep our dooms-day plans fresh and updated.
The premise for the show Lost, if you have never seen it, is that an airplane crashes on a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific. The show follows the lives of the survivors of the crash as they try to get off the island, and then eventually give up and make a new life for themselves. The island has its quirks, like a weird smoke monster that eats some people, hungry polar bears, and a group of hostile “others” who lived on the island before the plane crash (side note: the housing on the oil compounds in Malabo looks remarkably similar to where “the others” live on Lost). Ever since we started watching the show, I’ve been evaluating our ability to survive on the Lost island. Cormac proved his worth as a survivor this week by building a garden trellis out of nothing more than bamboo and twine. I feel pretty good about our chances if we crash now.
We have been planning to build something to stake our tomatoes up for some time now. For some reason, our tomatoes do not grow stems strong enough to support themselves, and are all weepy and sad looking. Our last batch of plants fell on the ground and then lizards ate the fruit before they ripened. It was frustrating. Our new batch of plants is starting to produce, so we wanted to pick them up before the lizards found them.
On Friday afternoon, Cormac declared it was time to get some bamboo. So we hoped in our car and drove around to the undeveloped lot behind the Embassy compound and Cormac got to chopping.
Cormac then went to work assembling the trellis out of nothing but bamboo poles and twine. When we stood the poles up, it all stayed together! I was super impressed.
Our tomatoes are now happily standing tall. I can’t wait for our first vine ripened tomato. Maybe we’ll finally plant some beans now, too, since we have proper poles.
**Cormac would like the record to show that lumberjack is the incorrect terminology for a chopper of bamboo, because bamboo is a grass, not a tree.