The description of a 'zombie apocalypse' has been applied many times to our lock down here: empty streets, neighbourhoods devoid of the usual sounds of habitation, a feeling of fear in the air that you can almost cut with a knife, and a growing sense of zombification (i.e. the process of turning into a zombie. Collins online dictionary also says a person who watches too much TV could gain the look of emptiness, possession, or zombification. That would probably be most of us right now ).
I was talking to a friend this morning and she told me about her recent visit to the supermarket. It was pretty much the same as mine; people standing in silence, several feet apart in the fug of early morning, a drizzle of rain coming down from a heavy, grey sky, shuffling forward every now and then as more were let in to do their shop. 'It's like the walking dead,' she said.
She also observed plenty of toilet paper. 'And you know why that is? Because when someone sneezes, every body s**** themselves.'
Quite so. She also mentioned there were 25kg bags of flour on the shelves because there was such a shortage of the usual packaging which is imported from China. Interesting times indeed.
The feeling of zombie-ness is an insidious thing. It creeps up on you. This morning was dark and rainy so I just went back to sleep. Even Betsy-cat did not persevere with her early wake-up screeches. She gave it a go, then pitched it in and went back to sleep as well. When I did get up, all was quiet and silent in the neighbourhood. I think everybody had the same idea. Let's sleep in late.
This lock down isolation thing is wearing everybody down. We are hanging out for a change. Yep, we'll take Level Three thank you. Even though it is still pretty restrictive, it's better than this and might just give us the kick we need to snap out of this lethargy of the undead.
Watching too much TV can sure do it, numbing the senses and mental processes. Netflix is making a killing and I am demanding much from SKY and TVNZ but then we are supposed to. As the weather becomes colder and more inclement, the process of TV zombification continues apace.