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Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Zombies, Vampires, and Other Walking Dead

Where I live a nearby town has adopted what seems to me a rather odd annual custom. Each fall a local nonprofit organization sponsors an event referred to as the “Zombie Walk.” It’s a simple idea really. People sign up to participate in the walk and they recruit others to sponsor them. On the appointed day participants don elaborate makeup and gruesome costumes, meander down city streets, and masquerade as the walking dead among the living. It is of course all in jest, poking fun at our own mortality as it were, and for the benefit of a number of good causes. The money raised by participants is donated to a number of local charities several of which are, ironically, supported by my own church. Thus one might suggest that the “Zombie Walk” serves notice that even the culture at large is capable in some small way of redeeming the unfortunate reality of death…

Paying Attention to the Label

Paying Attention to the Label

Some things aren’t worth worrying about. For example, the label on the bottle that warns me, with the exhortation “for external use only,” that shampoo is only for hair. The only one in my household whom I am remotely concerned about confusing the shampoo for a cocktail isn’t old enough to be able to read warning labels anyway. Of course there’s the dog, but he has previously demonstrated an intense distrust of things associated with the bathtub, so I don’t think ingesting shampoo is high on his list of priorities. Otherwise I can’t imagine downing shots of conditioner every morning in hopes of attaining fuller, healthier hair. How long would one have to do so before being driven, presumably by mediocre results, to actually read the directions on the bottle? There are lots of things to worry about besides the taste of Garnier Fructis as compared to Herbal Essence, thus it is only natural to filter out some of the superfluous warnings in deference to more pertinent dangers.  As far as shampoo goes I think I’ve got that one covered, thus I don’t spend a lot of time sweating the cautions on the label. Happily, most of us can say our shampoo does not pose a major threat to our way of life.