By January 4, 2010

Just One

Okay, here’s a fun game I played with my friends and family this holiday.

You’re in the middle of a major world crisis. Zombie apocalypse. World War Three. Super deadly strain of Hamthrax breaks out. Hockey gets canceled. Whatever the reason, you’ve got to leave wherever you are, and get to some place “safe.” The “safe place” isn’t important; what’s important is that you only have time to take one of each of these things with you when you bug out.

You have to have the item in your possession, either in your domicile or in storage less than 15 minutes away by vehicle.

You can only take one item from each category. Not two. Just one.


My “Angry Day” t-shirt from If it’s the apocalypse, every day is going to be at least a little bit grumpy.


I’d definitely take my Merrell Waterpro Maipo shoes. I bought them while living in Oregon almost eight years ago for $100. Three pairs of laces and tens of thousands of miles later, the shoes still look like new. They are absolutely outstanding: lightweight, supportive, breathable, but super durable thanks to great construction and a Vibram sole. You might find them on closeout in certain sizes, but the Maipo seems to have been replaced by the Waterpro Ottawa.


In Silico by Pendulum is my perfect soundtrack for a bombed-out zombie apocalypse. Featuring high BPM drum and bass electronica with rock instruments and vocals from the band members, the first track grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go for another 58 minutes.


Hands down, I’d take the one of me and Sedagive? on Cylon, my old Yamaha FZ6 motorcycle. It was taken on our first trip to Tybee Island, which was not only a great time, but also represented a new start for both of us. When I’m firing round after round into a throng of zombies, I’d imagine myself on the beaches of Georgia.


My first answer was “The Zombie Survival Guide,” but that seemed both too obvious and something I couldn’t read for the rest of my life. Even though I have read it a few times already, I think Verbal Judo would hitch a ride with me. I catch something new every time I read it, and it’s the type of book that serves as a gentle reminder that most things can be avoided with a conversation. For everything else, there is …


The Marlin Camp Carbine in .45ACP would be my choice of firearm if I could only carry just one. It accepts standard-sized 1911 Government magazines and shoots the .45ACP cartridge, both of which can be found just about anywhere. The Marlin carbine may not shoot as far or pack as much wallop as a full-sized rifle, but the ammunition ubiquity really speaks to me. Also factor in shorter engagement distances (vs. animal or men acting as animals), and the carbine’s range weakness diminishes.

So, what would you take?

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  1. Gremlin says:

    Let’s see:
    BSA uniform shirt. I can’t believe how functional and comfortable this shirt is. If it wasn’t for the logo on it, it would be my work shirt as well.
    My Timberland Composite Toe hiking boots. Actually lighter than my Asolo hiking boots, with the added zombie destroying toe cap.
    White Zombie Astro Creep 2000. Possibly the best shotgun music ever created.
    Wedding Photo.
    LOTR, complete. Don’t give me any crap about the six volumes. It’s one book.
    Hmm, just one AK-47. Dead nuts reliable, cheap ammo, big enough for deer, small enough for rabbit. Nice and light.

  2. Markie says:

    Can I take your picture of you and the cute girlie… heh heh heh…
    I will add it to my post-apocalyptic bug out bag, along with chocolate bars and fruit roll ups…

  3. Tomax says:

    I’d take..
    – Shirt – My favorite flannel shirt, roll the sleeves up when it gets hot :).
    – Shoes – I guess I need a pair of the Waterpro Ottawa’s :P. My New Balance’s would have to do for now
    – Album – I’d have to take Clutch’s self titled album for sure. Nothing better than songs about Aliens, Pirates and a ’73 Dodge Swinger with Light Drive!
    – Photo – The picture of the three of us together right after my daughter was born. Warm and fuzzies and motivation to survive in one package!
    – Book – S.A.S. Survival Guide. Because, just like our cat, I have no outdoor survival skillz.
    – Weapon – Bolt Action 8mm. Simple to maintain and minimal moving parts to break.

  4. drfaulken says:

    Good answers, everyone — I’d definitely allow LOTR as a complete “book,” I bet you could even get a big omnibus edition that would function as a backup melee weapon in case you ran out of 7.62×39 ammo 😉

    Astro Creep 2000 is a fantastic album and I didn’t even think about choosing it. Shame on me.

    Tomax, how’s the SAS guide? I have the two-versions old Army field manual and was considering a replacement.

    Markie, yes you may have a copy of it 😛

  5. Tomax says:

    It’s pretty good. I’m going over the “Survival Kit” section now. I don’t have a bug-out bag and it’s given me some really great ideas. I’ll let you take a peek at it if you want. I plan on stuffing it into my kit for some light survival reading should the Zombie Apocalypse hit without warning.