Another thing near and dear to my heart is zombies. I don’t remember the first one I ever saw, but I think it was “Day of the Dead” directed by George Romero. For those of you that don’t know, George Romero is one of the most popular zombie movie directors, and produced the unholy trilogy. Night of the living dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the dead.
I remember the zombie movies scared the dogshit out of me. They also started a lifelong obsession with collecting survival gear, which is awesome at collecting dust and emptying my wallet.
It was interesting how I found out that this zombiewalk in San Diego was even happening. Before I came to San Diego I started doing research on how to keep myself busy.
During one of these searches I found a website called Meetup. Basically this site just gets people together who have a common interest. I think this site is one of the coolest things I have ran across in quite a while, mainly due to its diversity. Do you like collecting thumbtacks, participating in orgies, or enjoy learning to knit? Well Meetup is the place to go; it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll find a group that shares your common interest!
In my case I found a group called the Pacific Photographic Society (PPS), and if you are in the San Diego area and like photography I suggest you look them up.
In fact the PPS was how I found out about the zombie shoot in the first place. When you join the group they have organized shoots to all kinds of events.
When I met them everyone was very welcoming and nice. One of the members even took the time to fix my camera flash. I had a great time shooting with them and can’t wait to go back to another shoot.
The evening went on and I continued to shoot. I saw some of the strangest sites, activities and people I’ve ever seen since coming to this planet 34 years ago.
It was my plan to wonder downtown and maybe have a few drinks, and try and find a metal bar, fetish or industrial club. However most of the drinking establishments just turned out to be sports bars that exuded douchebaggery at about 25 feet.
After walking a bit I saw a line comprised of people dressed in black, tattoos poking out everywhere, sullen faces. I think I may have found my hangout for the next three years. I asked the guy what the line was for, and he replied that it was the Evil Dead Bluray release party. Boom!! I’m in!
After standing in line for over an hour, basically starving, we finally get let in. However there is one catch, we had to hashtag the evil dead on facebook or twitter. They verified the hashtag at the door by looking at our cell phones, and then let us inside. The club where this Evil Dead release party was happening was called “The Commons”. Once inside their was a guy singing, who turned out to be Corey Taylor, who was the lead singer of Slipknot. I never liked Slipknot though so I kept moving. In the other end of the club though, I see the girl from the new Evil Dead film. Which girl? Um hello!! The one who split her tongue in half and then laid a sexy lesbian tongue kiss on the other girl, that’s who!! I don’t stand in line to meet her, but I do snap a few pics. Beyond that, the club was extremely over packed and boring, had like 3 girls and 100 guys. I don’t do sausage fest so I exited stage left.
I went to a few bars after, always after that elusive metal or industrial club. Finally someone told me to go to Club Onyx, and that they played decent music. I made my way there, and it was ok, not exactly what I was looking for, and besides I was pretty drunk at the time. At the time it was either 1am, or close to it. The next thing I remember is arriving at my apartment with some girl I don’t know. Seven hours had gone by, and I had no memory of it. Scary. That’s not the end of it, the money was gone out of my wallet, my camera had been taken along with the lens and flash, my iphone, hell even my glasses were gone. When I asked the girl what had happened to my things she said I approached her as I was. So what happened? I’ll probably never know. I had to replace all my equipment though, which sucked a big one. Anyway, if you read this far I appreciate it! This was a long entry but I hope you enjoyed it!