Twinkies Die at Age 82. Is The Zombie Apocalypse Nearing?

Hostess Brands, the makers of such wonderful wrapped snacks as Twinkies, Ho Hos and Wonder Bread said Friday that it is shutting down operations.

I have very few vices. I don’t smoke. I rarely drink. My two biggest vices are my obsession with the cinema art of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Twinkies.

This gloomy news is proof that the end of the world is near! Maybe those damned Mayans got it right after all.

In the movie Zombieland, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) has two purposes as he tries to survive the zombie apocalypse: destroy the undead and find Twinkies. The golden cakes with creamy filling are scarce in the future and he has to risk his life to find his favorite snack.

All I’m asking is this: can zombies be too far off in our future?

Our lives are full of anxiety. The economy is recovering, slowly, and the future is still uncertain. We all have our problems: health, relationships gone badly, money woes and natural disasters.

But, as Zombieland showed, sometimes it is the little things that matter. Sometimes a song we like, a puppy running around in the park or, yes, a Twinkie can make the crap fate throws at us just a little easier to endure.

Like Tallahassee, Twinkies were my little decadent escape from the pressures of everyday life. I didn’t eat them often, but when I did, I savored every bite.

Goodbye Hostess. It was fun.

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The Echo: A Collection of Published Articles from 2009

These articles, in PDF format, represent my work as a freshman at Truckee Meadows Community College. They were published in the school’s student paper, The Echo throughout 2009.

The Echo is a student-run newspaper at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.

I have lost a few of the articles I wrote and some of the dates are missing.

Many of these articles are single-source news articles and film reviews. I have provided additional comments under the link when I feel it is required. For example, there are editing errors that are not in my original submissions. Also, I did not write the headlines unless I state otherwise in my comments.

Published News Articles

NSF awards grant to TMCC (September 15, 2009)

My first published news article.

 Business competition offers money (September 29, 2009)

Front page! Above the crease!

Graffiti plagues Vista building (September 29, 2009)

TMCC to go to the dogs (October 6, 2009)

 Alumnus to talk about filmmaking (October 13, 2009)

Author of ‘My Hope for Peace’ to visit TMCC (October 13, 2009)

This is really a book review, but it served as an advance for an upcoming speech at TMCC in 2009.

Fitness walk set Nov. 7 (October 20, 2009)

‘Dogtober’ has fair turnout (October 27, 2009)

This article represents my first try at covering an advance and then the follow-up. It was also the first time I took pictures for an article. The pictures are not shown here, but I will post them soon.

Pet owners can learn CPR (date unknown)

This was an article I pocketed because I knew I would run short on stories the week after Dogtoberfest.

 Sadat: Education creates democracy (November 10, 2009)

Cities promote green living (November 17, 2009)

Editing note: The first word of this article should be “Government.” My original submission was correct. This is a printing error.

This was my final for the class, which focused on finding multiple sources.

Published Reviews

 Pandora’s Box, worth opening (Pandora.com review, April 21, 2009)

This review of the free music website is clunky, but was a good exercise. I seem to spend more time promoting my musical tastes instead of explaining how the service works.

‘Frost/Nixon’ teaches but fails to inspire (March 3, 2009)

My last paragraph is cut off due to an error in the editing process after I submitted the article. I did not fall asleep at my computer. A bit too long for a film review, but I stand by my opinion.

‘Inglourious Basterds’ not history but OK entertainment (September 2009)

Hell is a teenage girl (“Jennifer’s Body” review, September 29, 2009)

Zombieland, so funny it’s horrific (October 6, 2009)

 It’s joyless (“Where the Wild Things Are” review, October 20, 2009)

My negative review of this film was published next to a review that loved the film. It was an interesting contrast, but I stand by my review. I watched the film again about a year ago, thinking I was perhaps a bit harsh toward Spike Jonze’s approach. It turns out I was being nice the first time!

 ‘Vampire’s Assistant’ Ok for 13 year olds (“Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” review, October 27, 2009)

This is one of those films no one remembers and for good reason.

‘2012’ is cinematic junk food (date unknown, but most likely November 17, 2009)

I have always wanted to be a movie critic. As a child I would watch Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert talk about movies and thought they had the greatest job in the world. Critics get to watch movies and then get paid to write about them.

I would still love to do this.

However, like many people, I always thought that many negative reviews were being a bit smug or elitist. After all, can’t a film just be fun to watch? After “2012,” I began to understand that, yes; critics enjoy making clever quips about bad movies. However, this is because the film was worthy of such derision.

 ‘Badass’ = Great history (date unknown, late 2009)

"Badass" by Ben ThompsonThis is a book review of Ben Thompson’s book “Badass.”