AMC's Walking Dead television series is set in Georgia and now Virginia. The series is the aftermath of the downfall of organized society and after the fall of the government. One of the key interesting figures of the series is one of the two stars, Norman Reedus. He is a self described Georgian redneck named Daryl Dixon from a rural section of the state, petty thief and racist. He is the guy who is an expert with the cross bow and seems to have the DNA necessary to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. He was a wandering, hate filled couch surfer without a real job who could fix things and was a good hunter, but otherwise had no real skills for modern society. After the world fell into chaos, he seemed perfectly suited for a place where you migrate for food and survival of the fittest is the law of the land.
The series has a new spinoff that takes place in the City of Los Angeles. The new series is pre-apocalypse and for anyone who has seen the Walking Dead, they cycle through a lot of characters. Many many people die on the show including individuals who have leading roles. So, at this point it is not clear who will be the main characters who survive. I hope that they find a character like Daryl for Los Angeles. I am nominating a character from Skid Row to provide some education to the general population of the amazing things that homeless people have to overcome in this society to survive. Most people think of the "bums" on Skid Row as lazy non-conformists who don't want to get a job. From hanging out with homeless people in Cleveland, I can say that they go through incredible hardships to survive and believe that they would do well in the Zombie apocalypse.
Homeless people have to walk great distances for food. They have to figure out who can be helpful and who is going to harm them or steal from them. Homeless people stay largely to themselves and are able to find privacy in the public world that they live in. They are really good at getting important information from the streets and who to lean on for what they need. All these skills would be great at the end of orderly society. Daryl brings a lot of character to the Walking Dead and homeless people from Skid Row could bring the new show Fear the Walking Dead some interest. We also feel that it would dispel some of the myths about homelessness. There are enough homeless people in Los Angeles to survive the Zombie apocalypse. There are just about the same size as the City of Toledo living in the shelters or on the streets of LA every night.
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