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I’m confused.  I confess, I haven’t been following the Maya Apocalypse news all that closely, but I have read a few articles just lately.  I’m aware that people are taking to bunkers and mountains all around the world, preppers are hoarding supplies, parties are being organised all in anticipation of the end of the world-as-we-know-it. Now that raises the first big question.  Some folks are interpreting the end of the Maya Long Calendar as the actual end of the world.  Others see it as both an end to the world as it is now, and the beginning of a new–hopefully better– epoch.  Nobody knows just what is going to happen.  Or, indeed, what form it will take.  Massive storms, earthquakes, pestilence, aliens…

Well, I have a different question.  Before I can worry about what will happen, or even how it will happen, I wanna know exactly when it’s gonna happen.  I know it is expected to occur at dawn on  December 21, 2012. Fine.  But Dec. 21st where?  It makes sense that it would be somewhere around the centre of the Maya civilization, but that covers a pretty big area, and dawn is not likely to happen at the same time everywhere.  Has anyone bothered to publish a timetable showing what time it will be  everywhere else when it’s dawn at the epicenter  of the Maya world?  That’s what we all need to know.   Whether it’s to help us know what time to pop the champagne corks or when to hunker down for the last moment of Life.

For example, it’s 4:36 p.m. on Dec 20 in Hobart, Tasmania right now.  But it’s 12:36 a.m on December 20 in Toronto, Canada, and 11:36 p.m. December 19 in Kansas City. You see the problem, don’t you.  And it gets worse.  We don’t really know which dawn they’re talking about.  The  ancestral homeland of the Mayan civilization spanned   a vast swathe of Central America including parts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.  I don’t think we’re being told the full story here, folks.  It’s a worry.

Now about the question of how it will happen– my bet is on some sort of deus ex machina.  I don’t think it will be another super storm…the meteorologists would already be tracking it by now, and the seismologists would likely have an inkling of an impending earthquake or volcano of that magnitude.  So that pretty much leaves some sort of cosmic activity, or aliens.  I’m sticking with the deus ex machina.

Now the question remains about how–or whether–to prepare for it.  I don’t really want to get a bunch of provisions in– if the world doesn’t come to an end, I’ll just have it all to move when I sell my house.  I was just chatting with my son, Adam, and he made a very good point:  he intends to postpone any sort of garden work until after the apocalypse deadline has passed.  As he points out, “Why cut it if it’s all going to be vaporized in a couple days anyway?”  I couldn’t agree more.  I didn’t really want to clean the floors, so now I can logically leave the vacuuming for a little longer.

Catch ya all later…if we’re all still here.         MM


BTW:  December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Friday, 21 December 2012 at 5:12 AM in Guatemala.  Guatamala is in the same time zone as the eastern USA, so you can calculate your time from that.  You’re welcome.