Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

On the Road: About patriotism &, um, Zombies February 13, 2017

WHEN MY GIRLS were little—which would have been about 25 years ago—stickers were all the rage. Kids filled mini sticker books with page after page after page of stickers. Puppies and kitties and…, for my equine loving second daughter, horses.

I didn’t understand the rationale behind transferring stickers from one piece of paper to another. But the girls loved their sticker collections and paging through them.




That memory flashed through my mind Saturday afternoon when I spotted a mobile sticker collection on a vehicle heading north toward the Twin Cities on Interstate 35. At first glance, I thought the stickers purely patriotic: Home of the Free, Support Our Troops, Land of the Free Because of the Brave.




But then, after examining the photos I shot of the vehicle, I discovered these stickers: Zombie Outbreak Response Team and Deep Inside We All Want a Zombie Apocalypse. Uh, no we don’t. Except perhaps in Illinois. Lawmakers in the House last week approved October as “Zombie Preparedness Month.” You just can’t make this kind of stuff up. The legislators aren’t really talking zombies here, but rather preparation for natural disasters, according to media reports.

But then again, who knows? The license plate on the patriotic zombie vehicle reads Illinois.

TELL ME: What do you think of any of this? The stickers? The legislation?

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


24 Responses to “On the Road: About patriotism &, um, Zombies”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I love to read stickers on other people’s cars. The only ones I have on mine is a bar code to get into our gates here (which we jokingly call the Mark of the Beast) and a bat shaped decal noting that we live in Transylvania County. But I do love to read them all on other people’s cars. This one is an amusing collection, isn’t it?

  2. Wãshē Kōdä Says:

    Fools leave their stickers in public places !

  3. Jackie Says:

    You usually know what a person stands for by the sticker on their car. I’ve never understood the mentality of littering a vehicle with stickers? As far as the “zombie thing”…a ridiculous way to compare natural disasters, how can anyone be serious about that…just sayin’

  4. Funny maybe zombies could take of the issues in Chicago

  5. BroCraves is an auto body tech and he told me to never stick anything to my vehicle and I have not. I like reading bumper stickers when stopped at a light though. I think the funniest one I have seen lately is a T-Rex eating the stick family – hehe – sick sense of humor, sorry. I love the patriotic ones along with anything eagle with the stars and stripes. CravesParents are RVers and some of the RVers have quite the artwork along with the U.S. depicted and the states they have been to – love those too. Thanks for sharing. Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂

  6. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson Says:

    All those stickers are fighting with each other for attention! As for the zombie preparedness bill, well, that clearly got people’s attention so it probably did some good. A sense of humor goes a long way toward getting people to think about important issues, so I would not discount it.

  7. Marilyn Says:

    My hubby refuses to have stickers or after-market anything on our cars, too. I think there may be a case for ‘destructive to the paintwork’ as well.

  8. Littlesundog Says:

    I have never put a sticker on a vehicle – or anything for that matter. My favorite sticker was on a semi-truck trailer that read, “Drive it like you stole it”. Zombies? It just goes to show the mentality of a couple of generations of people who possibly grew up with too much TV and the dark side of things. I do not even find the humorous shows about zombies enjoyable. But I guess, do whatever floats yer boat, eh?

    • No stickers placed on our vehicles either, except the one left there from our daughter. We bought her car.

      I don’t know anything about Zombie shows or whatever and have no intention of learning more. I don’t get the whole craze.

  9. historyoftelephony Says:

    I would not put that much stickers on my car but at least it is something to look at when you are at a red light or in a traffic jam.

  10. Gunny Says:

    Gotta Love it! Another Jarhead! Oooohraah! Matter of fact, I just may go out and put more stuff on my truck! Where most trucks have a number near the front of the front doors stating “1500” I could put my genuine chromium plated plastic stick-on that states “Semper Fi” I also have one that states “Ooorah”. The USMC medallion is already on my tailgate, and should you miss that, my rear window has a large EGA (Eagle Globe & Anchor) as well as an EGA put there, courtesy of the state, on my vehicle License plates. The Bio Hazard stickers are way too cool. FYI, all this stuff comes off. The “Zombie” thing – As a drag-along student to many Civil Defense classes (60s), being prepared for disasters is not a bad thing. I would agree he (or she) went a little overboard, but then Marines are not noted for being “middle of the road”.

    • So your vehicle would be one I would photograph then.

      • Gunny Says:

        Well, based on the photos you have taken, I would say “maybe”. My back window show a big EGA (Eagle, Globe & Anchor), over the words U…S…M….C… over my military school I attended / over United States Navy. with a Texas Navy sticker and my USMC/USN ranks in the left lower part of the rear window. On top of that, I have the EGA similar to the one pictured and the Marine Corps seal is on my license plates courtesy of the Great State of Texas.

        I have refrained from putting political opinion or other cute sayings such as “I am the guy your mother warned you about” or “Back off, I am reloading as fast as I can”. I really do not want to get into a political discussion or scare the neighborhood. Maybe I should put “NFH” on my truck so everyone will know I am a newbie. (NFA = Not From Here)
        Photograph whatever you want Audrey!

      • Your comments are always entertaining, Gunny. Wise choice to keep some of those stickers off your vehicle.

        Hey, thanks for the photo permission. 🙂

  11. Gunny Says:

    Hi Audrey, Sorry for re-writing the “life story” of my pickup for the second entry. I do try to add some humor or at least make it interesting!
    Oh! Your welcome on the permission thing. However, around here at least, these folks get down right dang sensitive about photographers. Californians did also ~ even though they were walking around being watched by security cameras! It seems that no one, including Law Enforcement knew about all these cameras!!!!!.

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