Where Will You Be When the World Ends?

I was going to throw an "End of the World" party for my birthday this year, but having a baby nixed those plans -- no time for silly revelry when more serious obligations and priorities had to be faced.  So how shall we commemorate December 21, 2012, what has been dubbed as the "Mayan Doomsday?" I always argue that we should always live life as if it's our last day, but having so many people pinpoint an actual date and time raises the stakes a bit.

Wikipedia has a great list of past false alarms and prophesies of upcoming decimation, so take a look to go down apocalyptic memory lane and to mark your calendars for future "the end is near" pontificating.

Also, if you haven't already, check out my early essay, "Crying Armageddon," which sums up my thoughts on all this cyclical doom and gloom nonsense.

I leave you now with the words of that great R.E.M. song: "It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine."

See you (hopefully) later.