What would you do?
With the Mayan calendar drawing to a close, we asked Tulsans and our Facebook followers,* “What item would you cross off your bucket list if you knew the world would really end Dec. 21?”
Congratulations! You’ve survived the end of the world 15 times in the past 12 years. From Y2K to the musings of Harold Camping, we’ve heard it all.
However, the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (more commonly referred to as the Mayan calendar) ends on Dec. 21, causing some to think the end is in sight.
Some creative ways the world has been predicted to end mid-December are galactic misalignment, geomagnetic reversal, nuclear war, collision with an interplanetary object, alien invasion, destruction by a giant supernova and even a zombie apocalypse. But don’t worry — NASA scientists have disproved these theories.
All this talk about the end of the world does have people thinking about how they’d spend their last days, though. Here are some Tulsans’ responses:
“I’d have to organize a local apocalyptic food truck/music festival at Cain’s Ballroom with appearances by my favorite Judgment Day-style artists: Jack White, The Flaming Lips, Wilco and, of course, Willie Nelson singing a sad country song. I’d like to go out with a full belly and beautiful music.”
— Cheena Pazzo, director of community and physician relations, St. John Health System
“I would return to France — Paris, La Baule and Aix-en-Provence — and enjoy great wine, great food and great people. I’d take my family and good friends so we could enjoy the time together. With that, I think I would be ready for the next chapter … whatever that is!”
— Ken Busby, executive director and CEO, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
“My faith precludes even the consideration of an end of the world. Since God promised not to ever again destroy the world, its potential destruction would be the result of human action/inaction. Therefore, I would be doing everything in my power to prevent such a result.”
— Rabbi Charles P. Sherman, Temple Israel
“Been meaning to get into ‘Downton Abbey.’ If impending doom were approaching, I figure I should at least get the pilot episode in. Otherwise, a beer tour of Ireland, and I’d like to make a pizza in Naples, Italy, in a 100-year-old oven.”
— Mike Bausch, co-owner, Andolini’s Pizzeria
“You mean, after that last-ditch appeal for every resident to commit to serve each other, to become a lifelong volunteer, right? Then, I would hug everyone in T-Town on the way to meet family in the Ozarks and ride horses through the hills right up to the pppfffttttt!”
— Brenda Michael-Haggard, executive director, Volunteer Tulsa
“I would love to spend my last day with friends and family. My son home from Afghanistan — safe and in one piece — my daughter and son-in-law home from Chicago, my father with all his mental faculties and wit before Alzheimer’s made everyday life challenging, and my mother-in-law orchestrating the party, as she did before her early demise …
“With my last glass of beer, I would give the informal Special Forces toast: ‘To those who came before us, to those with whom we served and to those we leave the legacy … there are damned few of us.”
— W. L. Rehorn, owner, Kilkenny’s; retired colonel, U.S. Army Special Forces
“I would have to take my 5-year-old twins to see the ocean. They have been asking about going to the beach, and before the world ends, I want to watch their little faces see the ocean for the first time.”
— Ginger Holley, vice-president of treasury services, BOK Financial
“Of course, contact with my family would be at the top of the list, but I would like to play just one more round of golf. I’m still waiting to make that first hole-in-one.”
— Michelle Place, executive director, Tulsa Historical Society