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TBS 66%
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Votes: 6

 Sad realization

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Nov 15, 2001
A few days ago I spent another fine evening drinking myself to sleep while watching TBS - The Superstation. Generally I can not say enough good about combining booze and late night cable movies (especially TBS), but this particular one rather depressed me. The movie was The Road Warrior.

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The sequel to Mad Max was released 20 years ago. I remember seeing previews on TV and being strictly forbidden to go see it by my parents. 20 years...

No no, I'm not getting nostalgic. It's just that as I have aged and watched the world develop before my eyes I have realized that I will most likely never achieve one of my fondest dreams. I will never get to live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Let's face it, the world just isn't going to fall apart in my lifetime. I will never experience a Red Dawn. I will not get to Escape From New York or go Beyond Thunderdome. I will not meet any Blade Runners, Terminators or RoboCops. The Day After will be as free of nuclear winter as the day before was. If I ever go to Brazil I don't expect to have anyone ask me how my ducts are.

When you get right down to it, we're basically going to be more or less ok. And that just sucks.


man (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by osm on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 02:01:11 AM PST
that was fucking beautiful.

I concur (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by Mendax Veritas on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 09:41:52 AM PST
This is the best diary entry I've read in weeks.

ditto (none / 0) (#13)
by nathan on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 04:35:05 PM PST
Zikzak kicks ass.
Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Oh please. (none / 0) (#14)
by zikzak on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 04:40:23 PM PST
Stop it. If my ego gets any bigger I'll have to find a larger apartment.

Suggestions (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by nobbystyles on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 02:08:05 AM PST
If you want a post-apocalyptic experience with warring tribes and Mad Max type social breakdown, may I suggest the following locations: Afghanistan, the Congo, Chechynya, Detroit and Peckham, London....

There's hope for you yet... (none / 0) (#3)
by hauntedattics on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 05:42:04 AM PST
Maybe the scientists are wrong about that meteor missing Earth.

No fear. (none / 0) (#4)
by tkatchev on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 05:48:09 AM PST
I'm sure Osama bin Laden and his Islamic friends will be happy to oblige. (I could link an article about bin Laden's nuclear weapon stash here, but I'm too lazy.)

Peace and much love...

Lazy cur (5.00 / 1) (#5)
by westgeof on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 06:37:40 AM PST
Sure, everyone wants to live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but do you really think the world is just going to give you everything you want? You've got to go out there and make your dreams come true. With a little hard work and a lot of nuclear weapons, I'm sure you can take steps to bring about your desired world.

Kids today, never willing to work for their dreams...

As a child I wanted to know everything. Now I miss my ignorance.

I'm going to have to agree with westgof (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by nx01 on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 08:19:35 AM PST
Be proactive, man! You gotta take these things and wrestle with them! Set your eyes on the goal and don't look back. Just take the bull by the horns and... well... do whatever you need to do with the bull. Yeah.

Look. Do you think I got to be where I am today by just sitting around, watching Star Trek and sipping on crap tequila?

On second thought, don't answer that last one.

But that's not the point. The point is, if you want a post-apocalyptic wasteland, you gotta go out and make it happen! I'm sure that a smart young man such as yourself has already thought of tons of ways of destroying society. Go ahead -- try one!

We're all behind you 100%.

"Every time I look at the X window system, it's so fucking stupid; and part of me feels responsible for the worst parts of it."
-- James Gosling

So Texas is not a car-crazed wasteland (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by Anonymous Reader on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 08:44:04 AM PST
populated by heavily armed nuts?

There goes another illusion crushed.

imagine (none / 0) (#10)
by alprazolam on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 01:56:06 PM PST
mad max with all the people replaced by yuppies.

What, (none / 0) (#11)
by hauntedattics on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 02:36:33 PM PST
yuppies aren't people? Damn, I thought I was getting the hang of this humanity thing.

don't worry (none / 0) (#12)
by alprazolam on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 03:03:50 PM PST
it's a distinction a lot of people can't make. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it.

Thanks... (none / 0) (#16)
by hauntedattics on Fri Nov 16th, 2001 at 05:57:23 AM PST
for the clarification. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go wipe off the slime and make sure no one gets a pair of those @#$! glasses.

They live, but they aren't people. (5.00 / 1) (#15)
by elenchos on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 07:04:08 PM PST
They are alien invaders with bug eyes and green skin and they are covered in slime. You can't see it because they project these rays that hide the real world in an illuion that makes you think everything is "normal." But if you wear these special glasses that the Underground has, you can see them for what they are.

Or, if you have a lick of common sense and a modcum of taste, you can see yuppies for what they are, glasses or no.

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

Sucks? (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by Hagbard Celine on Thu Nov 15th, 2001 at 09:32:43 AM PST
The realization that we're not going to hell in a handbasket sucks? I'm just trying to understand the reasoning here. You're probably just missing the cold war. I mean, don't we all? Times were so simpler then. We had an "other" to pose as the ultimate enemy to justify all of our actions. But that's the past. Now all of those 80s films seem so quaint and silly. But DO NOT FEAR. All we need to do is vilify another country as the great enemy and we can ensure the apocalypse. I suggest China. They sure are scary as hell, over 1 billion of them. They've already got us outnumbered. And we know from watching kung fu movies that we'll never take them in hand to hand combat. Even in nuclear combat we'll lose first cause we've only got about 1/4 of their population. So please, don't be sad. We need to guard ourselves against the INTERNATIONAL CHINESE COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY. And if we're lucky good 'ole Dubya will make some stupid comment and they'll attack us. Here comes the apocalypse. However, if this should fail, you could always try to build your own nuke.


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