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There’s got to be a morning after...

Cake artist Kim Simons, left, and Elizabeth Klimchok, proprietor of Green Living Peace (GLP), enjoy a quiet moment at the shop’s grand opening in Jeffersonville, NY.
TRR photos by Jonathan Fox

December 19, 2012

Well, it’s finally here. If the Mayans were right, this will be my last column. Ever. I’ve been on planet Earth long enough to have seen several “end-of-the-world” dates come and go, but this one, the so-called “Mayan Prophecy,” has really taken the world by storm. While hardly an alarmist, I have been keenly interested in the subject for well over a year. In fact, I wrote about this subject last spring (www.riverreporter.com/feature/16/2012/03/20/2012-prophesies-fact-or-fantasy) exploring the issue in some detail.

Truth be told, there is a certain appeal regarding the “end of days.” No more bills to pay. Little concern over what to make for dinner tomorrow night. No more wondering whether I should clean out the fridge, and more importantly, I can finally stop obsessing over how my hair looks. That said, I have spent the last few months researching, studying, reading and watching endless hours of programming on TV. Conclusion? I’m still up in the air, but honestly, it seems unlikely. I’m a big fan of space exploration, so it seemed natural to go to the source (www.nasa.gov) and find that the “official” word is this: “12/21/2012 won’t be the end of the world as we know, however, it will be another winter solstice.” Hmm.

The Internet is humming with speculation and I found thousands of websites devoted to the topic, including www.december2012.com, which states in part that “the mainstream media only tells you what they have to and downplays the rest to prevent mass panic.” Hmm. Since I play a huge part in the “mainstream media,” I have decided that it’s my responsibility (dare I say duty?) to share my suggestions: Cancel your “fruit-of-the-month club,” but not your next haircut (just in case). Put off all holiday shopping until Saturday (you’ll get a better deal, regardless), and remember to shop local, since mail delivery may be a tad “slow” after the apocalypse.