Monday, May 23, 2011

Well, that was anti-climatic

In case you hadn't heard, the Rapture was supposed to take place on Saturday.  Only 3% of the population were estimated to be on the list for the first shuttle, which wouldn't make a huge difference in the day to day of most people I know.  There were also supposed to be earthquakes starting at 6 p.m.  Wherever it was 6 p.m. there would be a really big earthquake, starting near Pago Pago and American Samoa. 

Thanks to Twitter, Facebook and other electronically driven information we were all able to keep abreast of the potential destruction in real time.  Anthony Bourdain of "No Reservations" was in Australia on Saturday.  He tweeted:  In Australia for The Rapture.  It's happening, man!  And they're giving out swag bags!

People went outdoors to lay out empty clothes on sidewalks. threw parties and made jokes. There was an air of silliness around this particular prediction, or maybe, I was involved in the silliness this time.

I actively posted on a Facebook page called "Post Rapture Looting" where people were putting in dibs on what they were going to be claiming in the post Rapture world.  I laid claim to Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Fry's.  Someone asked me about firearms and where I would get them.  I explained that I live in Texas and just need to get into the neighbor's houses to get my guns, easier than making the journey to Wal-Mart. 

Although there is that hardware store run by the hard-core libertarians nearby, where they sell hunting gear, paint and guns.  They're really nice!  You can walk in and tell them what you need and they'll help you out with parts and instructions. You should give them your custom to support local business.  It's the Ace Hardware next to the Dollar General at 183 South and Spicewood Springs in the same shopping center as Big Lots.  While you're there, go get a cupcake at Cupprimo. 

And there were people who quit their jobs and, in some cases, left their families to go try to save the non-believers.   I have to say that I don't have that kind of faith.  Especially when the end of the world is predicted about every ten years.

Zoe came to us last year asking what the 2012 prediction about the end of the world meant. We explained that the end of the world has been predicted a lot.  At least four times in my lifetime, probably more and I was too busy putting together outfits to notice. 

We had a post-rapture gathering on Sunday.  Well, not officially, we'd made the plan to have friends over before the news of the Rapture broke, but I was thinking of it as a 'whoo-hoo!  No earthquakes!' shindig.  Saturday night I had a babysitting job where the parents came home drunk (they'd taken a cab, so no worries) and tipped me almost 40%. 

But before that, I got myself a brand-spanking new Samsung Galaxy phone!  Check it out here:  My swell, new phone!  The kids have been playing with it as much as Scott has and have already figured out how to watch Youtube videos. 

All in all, it was a very enjoyable weekend.  Hope yours was too! 

Amanda's beauty tip of the day:  If you're going to be swimming a lot this summer, don't forget that your skin will dry out.  Invest in a good body lotion. 

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