Monday, December 17, 2012

Bug out or stay put?

There is all kinds of crazy shit going on these days (probably no more than normal, it's just in our faces more with social media and all that). I've seen some interesting stuff in my life. It all started when I was about 3 months old and John F. Kennedy was assissanated. Some kook shot John Lennon. I waited in line for a long, long time to get gasoline during the energy crisis, I remember doing duck and cover drills in school in case the Russkies nuked us. In more recent years, I'll admit that I bought a roll of plastic for my doors and windows and prepared for iminent chaos when Y2K happened, I recoiled in horror over the Columbine shootings, I watched 9-11 unfold in real time and now I'm debating what to do for 12-21-12 - the end of the Mayan calendar.

My ex put it best the other day when we were visiting together with our girls and he told them that if something crazy happens, he wants to be at the epicenter of the combo earthquake tsunami solar flare - whatever, so he'll be gone before he has a chance to panic. I gave him directions to our "safe" place just in case. I'm sure he thinks we're crazy but it felt better to make sure that he knows we'll be expecting him if anything does happen.

One of my favorite sayings is 'ignorance is bliss'. I don't really know what's expected to happen at the end of the world and I sort of like it that way. That way, I won't worry too much. Manchild is  a little skeptical and a little nervous so he has a plan in case things go crazy but I can't decide whether to load up the pets and the kids and bug out just in case or whether to keep on keepin' on and rolling along like normal. He wants us close to him (just in case) but for some reason, I can't get jazzed up about carrying 3 cats, 1 large dog, 2 kids and all of our junk for 2 hours to the "safe" place. If the end of time is big enough to be the end of time, what difference will a hundred miles make? And if we're far away enough from all of the chaos, I'd still be worried about the fate of Goldyfish in my pond, and my family here and whether I have enough food in the bird feeder and my plants wilting due to the lack of watering. Worry here or worry there?

I have 4 days to ponder this and I guess I'll have to make a decision soon. But I'd rather try to ignore it and be ignorant. What are you going to do?

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