Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank, Billy and Scott.
Subject: Zombies Want Your Brain
Ann, Sara, Frank, Billy and Scott are walking out of the movie theater and headed home.
“That was an awesome movie. Best zombie movie I’ve seen all year.” Frank says.
“Makes me want a Twinkie.” Billy says.
“How about a Snowball?” Ann asks.
“I agree with Woody Harrelson. Don’t like the consistency of coconut.” Scott replies.
“The ending in the amusement park wasn’t so good. It was so stupid that they went in there, and then on the ride.” Sara says.
“I guess it might’ve been a little contrived, but it worked.” Ann says.
“It was neat how they plastered the zombie rules actually into the movie as things happened. Gave it a video game feel.” Frank observes.
“The narrator aspect of it left no doubt that it was meant to be comedic.” Billy comments. “That was nice.”
“It wasn’t a movie where everyone was frantically trying to find a ’safe’ area, or find a cure. It was just about life moving on really.” Sara says.
“It didn’t try to raise any difficult issues like repopulating the earth, or running out of gas, or wondering what they would eat.” Ann says.
“I don’t think he was trying hard enough to find the Twinkie. They’re in like every store!” Scott exclaims.
“They were so stupid for letting those girls con them over and over again.” Frank observes.
“Emma Stone is hot. I’d let her con me too.” Scott notes.
“Hang on guys.” Billy says, entering a deli.
“Where’s he going?” Sara asks.
“Where do you think?” Frank says.
“Twinkies, of course.” Ann says rolling her eyes. “Oh well, hope he gets enough for all of us.”
Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy
Subject: Happy Columbus Day
“Happy Columbus Day everyone! I didn’t know what a traditional Columbus Day cake was, so I just bought a box of donuts from Krispy Kreme.” Billy says, returning home from work.
“Smallpox blankets maybe? I could go off about how we shouldn’t be celebrating a guy like Columbus, but then again, It’s hard to argue with donuts.” Frank says.
“Well, It’s not like our other holidays are oh so pristine.” Sara says.
“You could probably make a case for why those holidays shouldn’t be celebrated either.” Frank responds.
“We could just become Jehovah’s Witnesses and celebrate nothing..” Tabitha says.
“Life is full of horribleness. Columbus, Thanksgiving, etc. July 4th is basically the celebration of war and treason is it not? But good things came from all of it, and that’s what I’m celebrating.” Billy says.
“Like it or not, our lives are the way they are because of what Columbus did. It’s similar to the idea that you can’t/shouldn’t actually go back in time and kill Hitler.”
“That’s just tv stuff. Not real.” Frank says.
“Because time travel is real anyway? I’m not arguing that we should ignore the horrible things Columbus did, or the horrible way the natives were treated, or that school programs shouldn’t be altered, but Columbus setting sail in 1492 was the start of a series of events that led to the creation of America, New York, and this apartment that we’re standing in.” Sara says.
“Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” Tabitha quotes.
“There is a difference between celebration and remembrance though.” Frank says.
“Does anyone really ‘celebrate’ Columbus Day? Most people just enjoy the day off. It could be for any other reason and it wouldn’t change anything for most.” Sara says.
“Not celebrating would be worse. It would be forgotten and glossed over.” Billy comments.
“Do we have to call it ‘Columbus Day’ like he’s some sacred hero?” Frank asks.
“Probably not. But people don’t do change well. Things stick. Tradition. It’s the same way with Thanksgiving, which basically has the same cultural negatives to it, but we still get together with family, and celebrate life. As much as you can say ‘we should do that all the time’, it wouldn’t happen that way without the holiday. Or Christmas. I know more people that celebrate Christmas without once thinking of Jesus than celebrate it with religiously.” Sara says.
“I guess as long as people continue to be educated about the truth and not think this was all lollipops and roses. I still think Columbus’ name should be left out of it. Macy’s can advertise just as well with a different holiday name.” Frank says.
“What bridge do you take to get to the beer garden in Astoria Frank?” Tabitha asks.
“The Triboro. Why?” Frank asks, puzzled.
“Wrong. It’s the RFK bridge. People don’t adjust to change well. Some people still call the Jackie Robinson Parkway the Interboro, and that’s been like that for a long long time. But just because we’re using an archaic name, doesn’t mean we can’t fully understand or talk about the bad things associated with Columbus.” Tabitha says.
Frank laughs. “Well, you got me there.”
“Enough social studies. Let’s have a donut and watch some hockey.” Billy says, flipping on the Islanders game.
Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank
Subject: Leave the Apartment!
Sara is sitting on the couch, in her pajamas, with a big mug of coffee watching tv when Ann gets home. Frank is in the kitchen warming up leftover quesadillas from dinner last night.
“Sara..still in pjs? Have you left the apartment at all this week?” Ann asks.
“Umm..” Sara thinks. “I think I took out the garbage on Tuesday.”
“So out of the apartment for two minutes, but haven’t seen the light of day?” Ann comments.
“Outside!” Frank scoffs, “Who needs it.”
“I guess no interviews this week?” Ann asks.
“Actually, I talked to a recruiter yesterday. I may have one early next week.” Sara responds.
“So you might actually get out into the world next week.” Ann says.
“Since we’re going to go see Zombieland tomorrow night, I assume she’d make it outside this weekend.” Frank comments.
“If she still remembers how to get dressed anyway.” Ann says.
Sara sticks out her tongue at Ann.
“I don’t think they have a dress code at the theater. They’d probably let her in like that.” Frank says.
“I hope she’s showered at least. Otherwise you’re sitting next to her.” Ann says.
“I showered!” Sara says.
“It’s alright.” Frank says, ignore Sara. “We’ll put her next to Billy. He won’t smell her over the popcorn that he seems to get at every movie.”
“I don’t smell!” Sara says.
“Good idea. Unless we put Sara in the middle and have her hold the popcorn. Mask her odor.” Ann theorizes, ignoring Sara.
“Oh fine, I’ll shower.” Sara concedes, handing her coffee mug to Ann and heading to the shower.
“Well, that was pretty easy.” Ann says, dumping the coffee down the drain.
Frank gasps. “You dumped her coffee? She’ll kill you!”
“Eh. She drinks too much coffee anyway. It’s good for her to cut back.” Ann says.
Frank chuckles, “It’s your life.”