Thursday, July 22, 2010

It's The End Of The World As We Know It (Maybe)

So I'm watching TV the other day, and I'm flipping through channels, bored out of my mind. I came upon a show on the History Channel called The Nostradamus Effect. There are many different episodes of this show, all chronicling the many ways the world might end. This one happened to be about the 2012 theory.

So, there's something about the Mayan calendar, and it abruptly ends on December 21st, 2012. Some say this means the end of the world. Other, more sane people, say this is just the end of one age/era, and the beginning of another.

There are other theories, some ancient and some more recent, that seem to point to this date as the end of...something.

I started thinking: Maybe this isn't such a bad thing. If the world really does end on Dec. 21st, 2012, there are a lot of things that I won't have to worry about. Like our current financial situation. I mean, who cares about things like retirement and kids going to college and jobs, if we're only going to be here another 2 1/2 years?

My biggest concern right now though is this: Dec. 21st is really bad timing for the end of the world. That's four days before Christmas, people! What on earth do I do about Christmas shopping that year?

I mean, if the world is going to end on Dec. 21st, I don't really see the point of going out and spending $1000 on Christmas presents. That seems like sort of a waste of money.

Then again, if the Mayans were wrong and the world doesn't end, and I haven't done any Christmas shopping, I am so totally screwed. I'd have three days to go and buy everything.

I have a feeling everyone will be getting gift cards that year.


Twisted Susan said...

F*ck gift cards, they don't make anyone's life easier.
Give cash.

Joann Mannix said...

I think if you just shrugged your shoulders and said, "I thought the world was going to end." people would think you a little daft and they would just walk away without questioning your logic. Stress free Christmas. It's a win-win.

twelvedaysold said...

Last year I was going to knit all my presents. Which means my sisters got their presents in January and March, and everyone else got gift cards.

Dawn in Austin said...

I'm with Joann. I'd shrug and say, "Whoda thunk we'd still be here??"

I'm all about the stress free Christmas. I'm thinking we may slip off into nowhere in an RV for Christmas.

yogurt said...

If we only knew for SURE, I'd throw all the college savings into a paper bag and take that world tour I've been promising myself since I graduated from college.

Barb said...

I saw that show as well... kinda freaky. Guess it's time to "Live like you were dying!"

sotheywillalwaysremember said...

I love your perspective. Love your blog. Glad I found you. We are getting ready to move from the desert in so. cal and I cannot wait to live somewhere where there are seasons. I can totally relate to so much of what you are saying about that. We just have no idea where we are going yet, we are in financial crisis and willing to go anywhere, well not anywhere just somewhere good.