Imagination has been the name of the game on the Mountain Xpress Forums his week. Instead of stuffy talk about real issues of real importance and impact, the popular topics were more abstract in nature. But that doesn’t mean they weren’t local.
What could possibly be more local than a zombie attack? In this thread — assuming we can get a few people to play along — we’ll examine survival strategies for a post-zombie, apocalyptic Asheville.
On the national front, the news that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger thinks “it’s time for a debate” about legalizing recreational marijuana caught the attention of our posters, partially because of a “what if” scenario involving Republican adoption of the idea as a means to take back political initiative from the current crush of Democrat popularity. (It’s not all that implausible, as Schwarzenegger is a Republican.) Interestingly, even the politically polarized posters seemed to think the idea was worth examining.
Now that winter has finally been shaken off, it’s time to start fretting about summer: The heat, the bugs and all the people asking, “Hot enough for you?” In this thread, we ask: What’s the worst thing about summer? Perhaps not surprisingly, mosquitoes and ants are currently topping the list.
And while it hasn’t exactly taken off, this thread about novel uses for an old iPod has potential, I’m sure of it. I mean, here’s just one example: “During a blackout, you’re bound to want light. Now your iPod can provide that shining glimmer you need!” Other equally useless ideas are encouraged.
One unexpectedly fun diversion this week has been the Choose Your Own Adventure thread, which asks forum users to pick their own path through a story filled with monsters and magic … and some lame jokes.
And all these threads are merely a few of this week’s discussions on the MountainX.com forums. Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of MountainX.com have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.
— Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator