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Ask Fear The Walking Dead's Loner With Unusual Hydration Practices

You never know what you'll drink when urine dire straits.

Q Dear Loner,

One of my biggest fears is dying of hunger or dehydration. How difficult is it to survive alone in the Mexican desert? I don't know if I could drink my own pee, even in such a desperate situation.

Brandon

A Dear Brandon,

Ha ha ha, yeah, I knew that would come up, so let's just get that out of the way first. Drinking your own urine is not a cocktail I'd recommend in any social setting, but a little-known fact is that urine is actually 95% water and you can survive on it for a short period of time. Not so gross when you put it that way, eh? Ha ha. So as far as surviving in the desert, even if you've got a decent supply of food and water, there's still the heat to deal with, the danger of undead people you could encounter at any point, and of course, living people, who are getting to be more dangerous (and frankly, less friendly and harder to avoid). You could also get injured, like I did when I was attacked by a dog, which makes mobility even tougher. If you can avoid ever being in that situation, you totally should! Thanks for writing in.

Nick

Q Dear Loner,

I've been training for my first marathon for the last six months and was inspired by your story of having traveled 100 miles to Tijuana on your own. How amazing! I'm curious whether you used any kind of mental tricks to keep your mind occupied and off the incredible pain you must have been feeling. Did you use visualization? Also, what does pee taste like, it sounds completely disgusting.

Tracy

A Dear Tracy,

Still curious about the urine thing, eh? Ha ha, I don't blame you, it's not exactly my proudest moment. To answer your question, it tastes as you would expect. Really acidic and terrible and hard to even keep down. And when you add dehydration to the mix, you've got a liquid that is also thicker and more viscous than you'd expect. Do not recommend! Now as to your much more interesting question: you know, it wasn't anything I did consciously, but I was in a situation where I had just separated from my family and was really thinking about my dad, who died unexpectedly. I was flashing back to all these memories of my time in rehab and everything that led me up to this point, and that must have somehow pulled me through, because here I am. Would I recommend rehashing your entire life through your mind while you run? No. But keeping your mind engaged during such a slog is pretty key, I think. It definitely helps when you have to drink your own bodily fluid, ha ha! But seriously, good luck with the marathoning. Just believe that you can do it, then do it.

Nick

Q Dear Loner,

I've heard stories about lawlessness in Mexico and am curious whether you felt any safer or less safe than in the United States. Given the present infection climate, I'm of course leery of taking any chances, but am wondering if there's still a lot of narcotics-related violence south of the border. Oh, and how much pee did you drink, exactly? Was it more than a liter/quart, do you think? I mean, cumulatively? (Did you really drink your pee more than once?)

Bento661 on Reddit

A Dear Bento661,

Listen, I did a lot more out in that desert than drink piss. This isn't something I'm going to keep talking about. And as for how much: I wasn't out there with my goddamn Pyrex measure cup trying to break a world record or some shit. Jesus! Grow up! I also ate a cactus, that was pretty harrowing too. And I survived, which is what's important! I walked among the dead and escaped from the living and made it to civilization. Which, now that I'm thinking about it, was actually no more dangerous than what life has become in the United States. Sure, there were bandits who took shots at me, but it's no scarier than what's happening in Los Angeles, San Diego, or anywhere else. And the culture's refreshing view on how we should treat the undead leads to a lot fewer misunderstandings and people flying off the handle. I think Mexico has a lot to offer. It's a beautiful country with great people and I'm looking forward to making it out here for the long haul.

Nick

Q Dear Loner,

Does your breath smell like pee from all the pee you put in your mouth because you were drinking pee that came from your peehole and now you have pee pee breath all the time that smells just like pee?

An Aspiring Filmmaker

A Dear An Aspiring Filmmaker,

Chris!? Is this you? You'd better pray I don't find you because even if Travis is there, I am going to knock your ass down and kick the everloving crap out of you. I'm going to kick your kidneys so hard you won't ever be able to pee again, you little turd. Goddamn you, Chris, and goddamn this letter column. I'm out. Piss off, world. I don't need anybody but me.

Nick

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