Why you ask? Am I still playing MahJong? (I am.) Is it because I have no life? (I don’t.) Is it because I am trying to figure out why the Rapture hasn’t occurred yet? (Hell no!)
Truth be told, though, I did wonder about all those people who were convinced by Harold Camping that the end of the world was supposed to start on May 21st. Apparently, he has overlooked something. Again.
According to Garance Burke, reactions over the failure of the world to end are mixed. For myself, I am somewhat bummed. I’m on-call this weekend so now I have to answer calls today. We have an emergency line and I’ve already gotten one emergency. Someone’s drops ran out. Apparently, they weren’t expecting to need them today either. Worse yet, I have to go to work tomorrow. Is this the worst apocalypse ever or what?
Believers had spent months warning the world of the pending cataclysm. Some had given away earthly belongings. Others took long journeys to be with loved ones. And there were those who drained their savings accounts.
Seriously? Why didn’t anyone give their worldly belongings or savings accounts to me?
“I had some skepticism but I was trying to push the skepticism away because I believe in God,” said Keith Bauer — who hopped in his minivan in Maryland and drove his family 3,000 miles to California for the Rapture.
“I was hoping for it because I think heaven would be a lot better than this earth,” said Bauer, a tractor-trailer driver who began the voyage west last week, figuring that if he “worked last week, I wouldn’t have gotten paid anyway, if the Rapture did happen.”
Is the Rapture really better in California? I never thought about not working last week! I did take Friday off but it was for a charity golf tournament. I also went running on Saturday for 10 miles. I figure if the world was going to end, I might as well be doing something I love.
In New York’s Times Square, Robert Fitzpatrick, of Staten Island, said he was surprised when the six o’clock hour simply came and went. He had spent his own money to put up advertising about the end of the world.
“I can’t tell you what I feel right now,” he said, surrounded by tourists. “Obviously, I haven’t understood it correctly because we’re still here.”
Let me enlighten you on your feelings here, Robert. What you are feeling is stupid. I hope Robert doesn’t work on Wall Street. I’m sorry Mr. Jones, but I liquidated your portfolio to charity because I thought the world was ending. OR, you would have had enough for your retirement had the world ended on May 21, 2011!
Earlier in the day, Sheila Doan, 65, Camping’s next-door-neighbor of 40 years, was outside gardening and said the worldwide spotlight on his May 21 forecast has attracted far more attention than the 1994 prediction.
Doan said she is a Christian and while she respects her neighbor, she doesn’t share his views.
“I wouldn’t consider Mr. Camping a close friend and wouldn’t have him over for dinner or anything, but if he needs anything, we are there for him,” Doan said.
Wouldn’t have him over for dinner or anything . . . doesn’t that say a mouthful right there.
I tried to log back on to family radio.com to find out what went wrong . . .
I guess the web site was taken in the Rapture after all!