December 21, 2012
Posted: February 3, 2012
I am dreading the thought that the world as we know it will come to an end this year. According to the Mayan calendar, the apocalypse will occur Dec. 21, 2012, full of fire, brimstone and all kinds of bad things. Although others over the years have predicted the end of civilization, this prognostication seems to hold a bit more water than some of the other doomsday forecasts.
You see, the Mayans invented a calendar which is highly respected. Their calendar accurately predicted other occurrences like solar shifts, violent earthquakes and the orbital cycle of the planet Venus. The Mayans' calendar officially began in 3,114 B.C. and works in 394-year cycles. The number 13 was significant and sacred to the Mayans and the end of the 13th cycle takes place on Dec. 21, 2012.
So if this year is really our last, I began to consider all of the things that I won't be able to see or do.
For instance, unless my beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series this year, I will never see it happen in my lifetime. Of course, nobody alive now can remember a Cubs' World Series since it hasn't happened for more than 100 years.
If this is our last year here, then that means that I won't be able to organize my garage and hold a thrift sale - because I know that I won't get around to it this year. Likewise, it appears I will not become a professional billiards player. Not that I was going to brush up on my game anytime soon, but I always thought it would be a cool occupation.
I doubt anyone will ever see what the City of Altoona would have done to develop the land around the River Prairie exit along the Highway 53 Freeway. Nor would we ever find out where the next local Menard's store will be located or whether the Chippewa Valley will ever be home to a Hooter's.
However, there is a message of hope. Although many predict doomsday on Dec. 21st, the Mayans actually claim that the calendar goes back to zero on that day. If that were the case and the world were not to end, then that means that the Chicago Cubs could win a championship in about 1,900 years.
Major league pitchers and catchers report to training camp in less than three weeks - so hope springs eternal.