Friday, August 10, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Now

The zombie apocalypse is upon us.
Here’s proof:
This is my hometown. It’s a small town as you can see. There’s no market square like in Poland but rather a main street with businesses, stores and restaurants. There’s also a university in my hometown not far from the main street. As we walked down the street, we did not encounter a single, living, breathing person. There were cars around. The stores all said “open” on their doors, but we were alone on the streets.
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My hometown and the general area has a lot of outdoor facilities for family fun. We  hit every playground in the area at least 5 times and all state park facilities within a 2-hour drive radius. What’s nice is that every place has free and generally clean bathroom facilities. State parks with camping sites also have shower facilities and all parks and playgrounds had drinking fountains which our children found absolutely fascinating.
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What we did not find at the parks and playgrounds were other people. At one visit to a state park, we were the only visitors. There were more park employees at the park than guests.
As I was reading the sign (because there’s a sign on everything in America) checking how much it costs to camp for the night, Lizzie asked me how much we paid for the park. For the park? She thought that since the park was completely empty we must have rented it just for us for the day.
I’m not really complaining. I mean, who would complain about having a park all to themselves? If you’ve ever been to Łeba in August, you’re probably absolutely drooling at the thought of a beach all to yourself. I get it.
Sometimes we really felt that we had rented some places just for us. At the beginning the girls were excited with the fact that we were alone at many places but after awhile, they just got bored. How often can you go on the swings with mom? It’s just not as fun as with other kids.
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I know it isn’t like that in other places, right? I don’t suppose you can find an empty park in NYC?? But here in Poland, you can’t find an empty park in the city or in the country. Too few parks in Poland? Too many in the US? People enjoy the outdoors more in Poland? That can’t be right. So, it must be the zombie apocalypse.
Watch your back!

7 comments:

Stardust said...

No there is no such thing as empty park in NYC:))

Marek Cyzio said...

I have an empty beach close to my house - you can walk miles and won't see another person ;)

AnetaCuse said...

That's very weird. I have visited many parks in New York State and they are always teeming with life. As for the cities/small towns, they tend to be dead on weekends but not during business hours Mon-Fri.

Aga Gauza Poznan said...

I'd say too few parks in Poland ;)

Lois B said...

There must have been something really good on TV ;-)

Chris said...

Hello, hello after a long, long break!

Our observations in my hometown (which may have unique issues existing only there...or zombies) were from weekdays, weekends, daytime and evenings.

Star has confirmed that the zombies have not reached NYC :) but perhaps have got to Florida to Marek ;)

I think the empty parks and playgrounds in my hometown is due to a combination of many factors. Kids in my hometown often have kick-ass playground sets and swimming pools at home. In some cases, there were no sidewalks from the closest residential area to the park. American parents tend to not allow their children go to the playground alone. And as Aga said, we have fewer such places in Poland so they are more crowded. We are going to one right now. I will snap some pics :)

Lois - Yeah, it was breaking news on CNN. Bella cheated on Edward.

princeska said...

Funny that, when I went to Dallas 8 years ago, it was just as empty and I thought it was very strange as well, such a big city for no people LOL.